Your Story: Simcha Lopez

When did you make Aliyah?

I made Aliyah on November 15, 2017.      

What made you decide to make Aliyah?

When I first came here I was in yeshiva. 

How did you decide which community to move to?

After yeshiva, I looked for places close to the center because that’s the location I was most familiar with. After living there for a year and a half, I moved to Katamon. It’s a very nice part of Jerusalem, quiet, and a close bus ride to town.

Are you still working in the same field you were in America? Did you have to change careers? How did you enter the Israeli job market?

I am not working in the same thing I was in America. Mainly because usually the only jobs available for a person who hasn’t done the army yet are in restaurants and cleaning because people don’t want to hire people that will only be working for a few months. Finding a job in Israel, at least a simple one, mostly comes from friends and contacts. There are also apps and Facebook.

Do you have any plans in place for retirement?

I barely have plans for tomorrow, much less retirement haha!

What tips do you have for someone who is considering Aliyah?

My advice to someone who wants to do Aliyah: you have to have your values straight. Israel is a country where everyone struggles financially, culturally, and with the language. The only reason I can see anyone moving here is for religious reasons. And for that, you have to be strong and ready to grow as a person. The one amazing thing about Israel is that you can become the best person and the best Jew you can be.

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