Look at the Positive….Israel is Thriving – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens discussing her honesty about Israel, showing some of the hardships of life here, but saying that Israel is a great place to live especially now with so much instability in other parts of the world;

We Need More Jews to Come Home…..Yallah! – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens by describing getting off course in the Jordan Valley, ending up in an Arab encampment, finding herself a bit frightened, wishing for a stronger jewish presence in these peripheral parts of Israel; Natalie speaks with Doron Klein, CEO of Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation of Israel; Moshe Dejman, new oleh from Baltimore, about settling in, dealing with a medical crisis in Israel; David Brenner, founder of PartnersInAliyah.org, about current trends in N. American aliyah and the mentoring program which matches families in Israel to new olim.

Come Now! Israel is Abundant and Caring – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie begins by comparing 1970s Soviet Union to present-day Israel, and reflecting on the abundance of the Holy Land; then Natalie speaks with Tzvi Ophir, English teacher from the UK, who made aliyah in 1970 at the age of eight. Tzvi discusses his own aliyah, being a teacher, and his youngest son who has Down's Syndrome.

Turning on the Switch – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks today with Go'el Jasper who made aliyah from Baltimore in 2004, and discusses how he suddenly wanted to live in Israel. Some people are planners, and others act by instinct. Go'el talks about how some people in the Diaspora live "comfortable" lives and how it is so much more fulfilling to live in Israel. Natalie's second guest is Arielle Peleg, 26-year-old olah who moved from Philadelphia in 2018 on her own after a 3-week Me'or program in Jerusalem. Arielle lives in Petach Tikvah, a very Israeli city, and describes feeling chanukah and seeing it so alive.

Turning on the Switch – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks today with Go'el Jasper who made aliyah from Baltimore in 2004, and discusses how he suddenly wanted to live in Israel. Some people are planners, and others act by instinct. Go'el talks about how some people in the Diaspora live "comfortable" lives and how it is so much more fulfilling to live in Israel. Natalie's second guest is Arielle Peleg, 26-year-old olah who moved from Philadelphia in 2018 on her own after a 3-week Me'or program in Jerusalem. Arielle lives in Petach Tikvah, a very Israeli city, and describes feeling chanukah and seeing it so alive.

Chanukah is Here! – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie begins speaking about Chanukah in Israel and how it is special; first guest is Nechama David, who made aliyah as a single adult in 2002 and got married here, lives today on Kibbutz Shluchot and has 2 girls; second guest is David Bentley, 61, Australian who recently moved to Israel to be with his elderly mother who is ill. Final segment Natalie speaks with Meir Raskas, Neve Daniel, about Hatzalah Yehuda and Shomron volunteer medics, Chanukah in Israel, and the ease with working remotely today, eliminating the employment excuse for making aliyah.

Winter – Kick the Cold, Make New Friends – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off describing her winter cold, and the new baseball stadium being built in her community; Speaks with Nechama Stein, 19 year old in Wisconsin, starting the aliyah process; Then speaks with Nichoma Ceasar, 35 year old Oleh in Tekoa, who moved to Israel 7 years ago. Both guests found Natalie in a Hebrew "pilot" she is involved with, to help train a new hebrew teacher. Lots of ways to meet new people and make new friends in Israel....

Age is Just a Number – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks with senior citizens who have made aliyah, and discusses their experiences living in Israel. First Rini and Alan Goncher from Kansas City now living in Efrat; then Helen Freedman from Arizona now living in Jerusalem. Listen to their daily activities, their busy schedules, their joy of living in the Holy Land.

This is Home…It’s All We’ve Got – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the program by speaking about the difficulties of leaving family behind; Then we meet Ezra Shapiro, math teacher-turned-shepherd, who made aliyah from Omaha in 2001 and today runs Ezra Computer Solutions & Support in Jerusalem; Natalie ends the show with a visit from Zezy Fuld who chats about the worrying possibility of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sitting in the White House for the next four years.

Be Strong, Be A Cheerleader, Even When Things are Tough – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks about focusing on positive happy things even when things get tough in life; Speaks with returning guest Yael Julanov, Formerly of the Soviet Union and New Yorker making aliyah plans and handling the bureaucracy.

First Winter Rain and More – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie talks about the first winter rain; speaks with oleh Al Tannenbaum, Sport Teacher, who tells his aliyah story from Philadelphia to Arad; and Eli Ben-Ami with Dolphin Express shipping company used by the Jewish Agency for all the Israeli representatives in the US

Having Faith, Meet a Lone Soldier, and the US Elections in Israel – Returning...

Natalie speaks about having faith, and making the move to Israel even in the face of the unknown; speaks with Yoseph Prigal, an oleh from Baltimore who came to Israel at the age of 18 and never went back, and joined the army as a lone soldier; and speaks with Abe Katsman, Counsel to Republicans Overseas Israel, about the role of the Republican party here in Israel and of course, about the upcoming US elections.

Thank God and Notice Him – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens with her recent car trouble in Kiryat Arba, where she was saved from a potentially scary and dangerous situation; speaks with Moshe Dejman, recent oleh from Baltimore living in Beit Shemesh; and ends with Zezy Fuld who speaks about managing expectations in the aliyah process, especially with shipping....

Getting Back to Routine – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie discusses life after Sukkoth, and the zoom lessons her kids are doing instead of regular class in a school, and how it isn't all bad; Natalie speaks with Shawna Goodman, Chef Instructor in Renana from Montreal, David and Helaine Brenner of Efrat and Founder of PartnersInAliyah (partnersinaliyah.org); and Elana Singer, visits again about buying a home in the US vs. buying a home in Israel (www.elanarealty.com)

Still Sukkot, a new dog, & 3 cool olim to meet – Returning Home...

Natalie speaks about life in her sukkah during this time, and how her family got a new dog; meets with new arrival Rabbi Vogel and Chaya from Wisconsin now in Tsfat; Jonathan Gabbai who has established a ranch and sells beef (www.orderkoshermeat.com); and Elana Singer, Real Estate agent in Efrat discusses her own successful aliyah and the current market. (Elana@elanarealty.com)

Sukkoth in Israel – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie discusses the upcoming Sukkoth holiday; Meets with Kenny Goldman, co-Director of Kayitz b'Kibbutz (www.kayitz.com) and talks about his aliyah and the successful American-style overnight summer camp he runs at Kibbutz Shluchot; and meet Marc Rosenberg, Vice President of Diaspora Partnerships for Nefesh b'Nefesh, who discusses the current trends of Aliyah, the motivation causing people to consider Aliyah, and the three most popular categories of people making aliyah today.

Being Unbalanced while Moving Forward – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie describes life under the current Corona lockdown and how she and her family are adjusting; Meet Rachel Berger, Director of Employment for Nefesh b'Nefesh (www.nbn.org.il/jobboard and on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/nbnjobs) and hear how olim are pivoting their careers in Israel; Meet Janine Kutliroff, seriel entrepreneur originally from Ohio, who has successfully made her way in the business world in Israel

Rosh HaShana, Appreciation – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks about using this special time to appreciate what we have; speaks with newly arrived Oleh Moshe Dejman; and speaks with Zezy Fuld about the murder of his cousin Ari Fuld z"l who was killed 2 years ago in Tzomet haGush

Solving Problems – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts this show talking about the school challenges caused because of the Corona restrictions, and how in her community, the parents are solving the problems; Natalie speaks with guest Jonothan Caras, of LionshareCapital and listens to his success in the Israeli High-Tech StartUp world; also Natalie checks in with Barbara and Matt Zucker who arrived to Israel last week and are in a Corona hotel for the required isolation time before they move to their new home.

Good Friends – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens up by explaining the gift of friends she has made in Israel, and stresses that olim will also make good friends; Natalie speaks with new friend Rikki Farkas, an olah living in Ma'ale Hever who moved to Israel in 2014; Rabbi Jonathan Feldman, of TelAvivInternationals, who made aliyah 2 years ago; and Yael Julanov about preparing for Aliyah with children with special needs.

Everyone Has a Story – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks with Zezy Fuld, about schools in Israel and how integrating your children can begin before moving; Alan Deutsch, an accountant, tells how he got started in Israel 26 years ago; Barbara and Matt Zucker from Blue Bell, Pa are getting ready to move and they share their reasons for making aliyah

Be Productive – Do. Don’t Wait. – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks with oleh Meir Raskas living in Neve Daniel, who made aliyah in November 2019 from Baltimore with his family; Bayla Singer, founder of Silk Salon Day Spa in Gush Etzion (www.silksalon.co.il) the first and only complete day spa in the area; and Gabriella and Solomon Horvitz, of Pittsburgh, finally on their way to Israel....after discussing it for 10 years.

Faces of Aliyah – There, Here and Now – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks with Moshe Dejman originally from Venezuela and discusses his upcoming Aliyah from Baltimore; Jackie Donner, cofounder of LawFlex which she established to assist olim attorneys; and Lauren Isaacs, Director of Herut Canada, a 24-year-old single woman who recently made aliyah while on a work visa.

Americans: Make an Exit Plan – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks with two first-generation Americans about their upcoming move to Israel; Moshe Dejman from Baltimore, originally from Venezuela and Yael Julenov from Brooklyn, originally from the USSR; their views, their persistence; all inspiring and motivating. In the third segment, Nat speaks with Zezy Fuld about the climate in the Five Towns now, the aliyah interest is rising, and the Rabbis are openly telling their communities "make an exit plan."

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