Year Overview of a New Family – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie greets Aleeza Ben-Shalom, (Philadelphia - Pardes Chana, 2021) and discusses the challenges she and her family have had for their first full year in Israel. They discussed living with one small 5-seater car (they are a family of 7), the children's growing independence, the struggles with Hebrew for the kids, the parents, and with bureaucracy; and the good people who help. Finally, the show ended with a focus on the excellent seasonal fresh produce.

Coming to Israel to Live. Not to Die. – Returning Home [audio]

In this episode, Natalie speaks to us from the heart touching on the benefits of avoiding small talk and the short memories of Israelis, before launching into an interview with Nathaniel Washay, (Detroit-Efrat 2019) who shares his motivation for making aliyah....he didn't want to be an old man departing the airplane, kissing the ground, and being whisked off to an old-age home! He wanted to come to Israel to LIVE, not to DIE.

Retire In Israel – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie begins the program with Leah (Louise) and Akiva (Mark) Powers, who made aliyah in 2019 from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - to Ashkelon.

Everyone Has Problems, Even Israelis! – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts the show sharing insights of her life while walking on the security road with her dog in the early morning; she discusses how we all sometimes lose motivation and focus, and are able to regain it; she then jumps to an interview with oleh Yoseph Kaplan and ex-US Military man, (NYC - Kochav Ya'akov, 2009) who tells his interesting aliyah story, how he came with a "promised" job, how it didn't pan out, and his subsequent career change from Electronic Appliance Specialist to Personal Trainer. Inspiring!!!

Exotic Little Getaways – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie takes us through her daily routine, to the 2nd hand store, to a neighbor to borrow a hot plate, and more, all while sharing antecdotes on different things happening around her. In the midst of this, she speaks from the bus on her way to a shabbat weekend getaway in Ashdod. Finally at the end, she breaks the "good mom" character and openly complains about her kids, explaining that life in Israeli is not easy, and not simple, and asking the audience "when does it get easier?"

Children are Free to Roam – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie spends this episode sharing parts of her week with us....

Narrations of Life – Returning Home [audio]

The show opens up with the sounds of Summer, as Natalie records poolside during her morning shift. This show features Natalie speaking at different sections throughout the day....

Be Positive, Be Resilient – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off by describing changing your goals, changing the way you want your life to look and to be. It can happen anywhere, no matter where you live. It can happen early on, or later in life. Welcome to the show Yael Kaner, Baltimore - Ma'ale Adumim in 2011. Yael created "Bubby-On-Call" a babysitting service, and also has become a Resilience Coach. She emphasizes being positive and being resilient, knowing your worth and your tools in order to succeed in life.

No Place Like Israel….. – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off by describing her recent visit to the US Embassy in Jerusalem in an effort to renew her childrens' US passports;

Language Isn’t Everything – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off by describing her mom's recent visit to Israel and a batch of letters she saved from Natalie's year abroad in 1991-92, in which Natalie described her life in Israel as a student; first guest Cynthia Melenson (Utah - Omer) 2015;

Do What You Can – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks of Yom Ha'atzmaut and how the season is changing and turning into Summer and all the festivities coming up; Meet Shimshon Meir Frankel, Pyschotherapist living in Zichron Ya'akov with his wife and children. Shimson Meir was on the show recently telling his story of coming to Israel on a Peace Trip, but he was turned off and became an orthodox Jew. Now Shimson continues his story and gets to the aliyah part.

Who Am I – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie begins the show with a reading about how Moses would be treated had he arrived to America today to bring the Jews to Israel.

Fill Up the Blank Spaces – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off by bragging about her kids cleaning for Pesach, and how they are "trained" in school to take it seriously;

Rearview Mirror – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts the show sharing the news of the wave or terror and her recent experience in Soroka hospital with her daughter;

Dealing with Pushback – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off by reading fan mail and hate mail; Meet guest Reuven Mordechai Marantz who made aliyah from Boston in 2010 at age 33, single, and eventually found his wife, created a family, and found a career.

Focus on the South in the 70s – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the show describing her recent visit to Park Timna in the Arava

Finding Your Soul on an Adventure – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the show by discussing memories and how those of her children will differ from hers;

The Oleh Gap – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens be discussing her work with the 2nd hand store and how she has found meaningful work in Israel;

If Not Now, When? – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the show by describing the weddings in Israel how majestic and beautiful they are at night, under the stars, even chilly and wet.

Just Roll With It – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off the show talking about her experience cleaning out her friend's house, who made aliyah but then left;

Life on a Kibbutz in Modern Times – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off discussing the recent snowfall; Then meets with Elissa Feingold Yudkin, an olah from the UK who moved to Israel in 1981, newly married. She became an English teacher and remains active in the field today teaching as an instructor at BGU in Eilat, Levinsky Teacher's college & The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Elissa today lives with her husband on Kibbutz Ketura in the South of Israel.

Israel Ain’t Gonna Change For You – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the show with a reading about the Loss of Common Sense; guest Liami Lawrence founder of "Keep Olim in Israel" movement joins...

Returning Home To Israel Is Possible If You Want It – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks with people about living in Israel giving you information and tools to do so too.

Two Guests from California….. – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the show describing her Shabbat, how her children were all home, fighting and laughing and being together. It was "magical" and beautiful. Natalie and her husband just sat back and watched.

Meet an Olah from Uruguay – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the show by discussing the increase in violence in Judea and Samaria over the past few weeks, and discussing New Years and the absence of any celebrations;

Be the First! Learn about Harish – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off the show by contrasting the end of December in Judea vs. the end of December in the US with the Christmas commercial culture, and discusses the complete absence of it in her life now and her childrens' lives.

One Woman’s Story – 30 years in Israel – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts by mentioning her recent trip to America and her sad discovery that many American Jews do NOT want to make aliyah; guest Riva Schertzman joins the show and Natalie takes her through her aliyah story which started in 1991. Riva and her husband came during the Gulf War, when only Russians were moving to Israel. They have since built a wonderful life of five children and 17 grandchildren. Riva and her husband live in Betar Illit.

Finding a Home in Israel – No Hebrew Needed – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks in this show about the difference between Chanukah in Israel vs. in America; First guest Aleeza Ben Shalom recalls how her aliyah came about;

Going to University in Israel – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie begins the show reflecting on her oldest child's birthday, and how her children has really been fully raised in Israel. Natalie's first guest is Freida Katz, a young woman from Texas who came to Israel on a Gap Year program and decided to stay...Freida is now attending the University of Ariel and discusses how she made that decision and what college life is like in Israel. Next up, Zezy Fuld who catches us up on life in Beit Shemesh, finding a new job, and more.

God Is Here – Have Faith – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie begins the show recounting her own aliyah when her children were toddlers and she lived on a kibbutz. That was 16 years ago.


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