Israel Under Fire – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens by discussing the war being waged on Israel and the displaced families staying temporarily in her yishuv;

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.

Summertime and Sound-Waves – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie introduces the show by catching us up on her children's summer activities and remarking on their independence

Pesach and Being Proud – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off the show discussing the beauty and excitement in the air during Chol haMoed Pesach, especially this year, after so many Corona restrictions

Children are Free to Roam – Returning Home [audio]

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

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

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.

“Need Someone to Hold Your Hand?” – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie hosts Rafi Shulman, Co-Founder of Olim Advisors, an organization that is like a concierge service for new olim

Rain in Israel – a True Blessing – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off by describing the rainy season, how in Israel nobody complains about the rain; first guest Aaron Friedman, Chicago to Efrat.

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.

Rosh HaShana and New Olim – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off describing Rosh haShana in her yishuv;

Aliyah and Loss – Adjusting – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie begins by describing the start of the Chanukah season

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

Dealing with pain – Together. Being home. – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens by recounting Lag B'omer and the terrible disaster at Meron that killed 45 Jews

Sometimes Laughing Is the Solution – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens by discussing the release of stress provided by laughter, something we all need during these times;

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

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

Meet an Irishman and a Dating Coach – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie begins the show by describing the Purim megillah readings at her yishuv, which were all outside in different neighborhoods, and made the holiday extra special; Natalie's first guest is Daniel Rosehill, Ireland-Jerusalem 2015, who is an independent tech writer.

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.

Sharing Grief – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks openly about the past rash of terror attacks and specifically about the latest one over Passover which affected her deeply.

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;

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.

New Coffee, Basketball and Parties – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the program describing a moving ceremony in her region of new medics; next she speaks with an ex-lone soldier Ikee Bodner, who moved to Israel with his family when he was 11, and when they returned to the US, he decided to stay and build his life here. He served in the Air Force as a technician, and upon release just 6 months ago

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.

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;

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 ( and on Facebook 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

Gardens and Cocktail Parties – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie carries the show completely this week; first by sharing her frustration over planting a garden in her yard;

Buying a Home in Israel – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie brings on the show mortgage consultant Yoni Hyman, to share the ins and outs of buying a home in Israel;

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.


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