Location Location Location – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie welcomes Edith Barr to the program, who shares her aliyah story. Edie and her husband made aliyah first to Beer Sheva in the early 19803

A Detour Can Turn Out OK – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie interviews Jason Lipstein (Montreal - Haifa) who made aliyah with his family just a few months ago, Summer 2022. Jason tells his story of coming to Israel 20 years ago on Birthright, returning to Montreal, and being found by Messianic Jews who were trying their utmost to convert him. Luckily, Jason's mother sent him to her Rabbi for help and Jason became a more Torah observant Jews. He eventually met his wife in a Torah class and years later, they moved to Israel.

Commenting on Fear – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie gives a short talk touching upon fear, the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. This fear appears throughout our lives, in different aspects and different times. It is normal for this fear to grip us when approaching big changes in our lives, and making aliyah is one of the biggest changes many of us go through. Fear is normal.

Two Feet In – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie hosts Kevin "Zvi" Klagge who made aliyah from Hollywood

Easy Aliyah – Marry an Israeli! – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie interviews Bobby Anfang, who made aliyah in 2014 because he fell in love with an Israeli girl! Want to live in Israel and still single? Marry an Israeli.

Chanukah 2022 – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie talks about the Chanukah holyday, the daytrip she co-sponsored with Regavim, and took participants out to see illegal Arab building and learn about the landscape; she also discusses the Youth Park she dedicated in Bruchin, and how each person can make a big difference in Israel, especially in Yehuda and Shomron.

Don’t Push It Away – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts the show with a story of a "trempist" who was looking for work, bringing about the realization that everyone - even Israelis - have troubles.

Breaking the Bubble – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie meets with Dani Abell, who moved to Israel in 2011 right after finishing college and getting married. We trace Dani's life from learning at Hesder Yeshivah in Shalavim, to Ramot where he has been for the past 5 years with his wife Lea and 4 children

Change Keeps Us Young – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie welcomes us to the program by recaping the past few weeks which were packed with Jewish holydays, Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. She then plays earlier recorded pieces where she shares some wisdom like "make a change in your life" and "in Israel, you can make your mark." Natalie plays from the Israeli radio while driving, translating for us - giving us a taste of life in Israel.

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.


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