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;

Politics in Tel Aviv – Returning Home [audio]

In this episode Natalie interviews aspiring Tel Aviv municipal politician Daniel Gindis, an oleh from NYC who is running for a seat on the Tel Aviv City Council.

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 (; and Elana Singer, Real Estate agent in Efrat discusses her own successful aliyah and the current market. ([email protected])

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Hesder & Hotels – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the show talking about the Fall weather and the beauty of Israel; first guest Max Miller from Chicago talks about the hesder program and why he has left his zionist community to live in Israel; Next Lou Lassoff from Philadelphia tells of his adventures since landing at the end of August, the Corona Hotel, and more.

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.

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?"

From Las Vegas to Paradise – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie interviews Jessica Stockman, now Yosepha Chava.

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.

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.

Take a Swan Dive! – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie opens the show by sharing the distressing news of the past week; the earthquake in Turkey and the horrible terror car ramming attack in Ramot that killed three people, two of them young children, brothers, ages 6 and 8.

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.

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.

Living With Integrity – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie starts off by describing the change in life during the Nine Days in her community

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.

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

Aliyah and Loss – Adjusting – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie begins by describing the start of the Chanukah season

“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

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;

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;

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.

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;

I Know They Aren’t All Bad – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie talks during her morning walk, and touches upon her feelings about her arab neighbors, her attitude about her life and her positive feelings about things until recently

Hardships and Challenges – Returning Home [audio]

Natalie speaks from the heart as she describes her first car accident in Israel; she then interviews Avraham Shalom Fansapurkar who made aliyah from India in June, and discusses the difficulties he encountered on his very first day;


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