What made you decide to make Aliyah?
We considered ourselves Jewish communal workers all our lives. We wanted to strengthen Jewish learning and identity through our work and it was especially gratifying. We were proud to have been a part of building up so many future Jewish leaders. Some of our students are rabbis or leaders in the Jewish community, some were strong Zionists and now live in Israel. Others have fashioned meaningful Jewish lives and others have focused on the needed goodness of a shared humanity.
At some point, however, we decided to do something strictly for ourselves and live In the State of Israel where the next phase of Jewish history is being written. We love it here and while it is harder to make ends meet, my wife teaches English privately and I teach English full time in a great little elementary school in Haifa. I also edit articles for university professors and teach Russian lawyers via Skype. For them, I use the great American constitutional cases to teach English.
Are you still working in the same field you were in America? Did you have to change careers?
I haven’t changed careers so much as gone back to my first love of teaching. It’s actually great to be protected by a union. We are considered a successful Aliyah story.
How did you decide which community to move to?
We have found a great small community. We have not yet bought a house because our inexpensive Dallas homes don’t really go that far here.
Do you have any plans in place for retirement?
When you have a job getting paid for what you love to do, you don’t think that much about retirement.
What tips do you have for someone who is considering Aliyah?
Just know that houses are more expensive here and salaries are not that great. Hi-tech does well. But idealists will always find ways to do what they want and find tremendous satisfaction just being part of the incredible story here.