Your Story: Rivkah Green

When did you make Aliyah?

I made Aliyah in 1983 with my 5 children.

What made you decide to make Aliyah?

The main reason I wanted to make Aliyah was for my children. I wanted them to have a Jewish education, be in a Jewish environment, and find a Jewish partner.

How did you decide which community to move to?

I didn’t decide; really, it came from Hashem. He made me meet helpful people at the right time, and I found a very welcome community in Kiryat Arba.

Did you work in the same field you were in The Netherlands? Did you have to change careers?

I was a journalist, but apart from sending articles to several newspapers, I became a lot of other things like a private teacher of languages (mainly English) and much later a librarian for 19 years.

How did you enter the Israeli job market?

In Israel, the main thing is perseverance and connections to find and keep jobs.

How did your children adjust to the move? How did you decide which schools they should attend?

Children, in general, adapt very quickly and nicely. They learn the language fast. The main problem was to find a good high school for my son, already a teenager. Nowadays, there are many more choices for religious youngsters.

Do you have any plans in place for retirement?

I am retired now but very active in many fields.

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

My advice is: just come, don’t hesitate, and keep in mind that this is our land and Hashem will be with you.

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