All posts by Rachel van Koningsveld

Critical care registered nurse from Dallas, Texas who made Aliyah. Follow me on my journey, and fall in love with the land of Israel! Hopefully my story can inspire and encourage others to make return home as well. Feel free to send me any questions, or even your own story so I can share it here!

Your Story: The Stolovitskys

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.

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Your Story: The Tannenbaums

When did you make Aliyah?
August 1, 2018

What made you decide to make Aliyah?
Really, it was before I got married.
We had lived here for several years after we got married and planned on making Aliyah and coming back. Initially, we thought we would do so when we retired but for many reasons, we realized we didn’t want to wait that long. The idea that we have Israel to go to and we aren’t there was a dream that we didn’t want to push off any longer!

Different transitions and stages of life for our kids was a big part, being a Tanach teacher where Israel is THE focus of so much and working/learning in a ציוני school all contributed towards it.

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Your Story: Simcha Lopez

When did you make Aliyah?
I made Aliyah on November 15, 2017.

How did you decide which community to move to?
When I first came here, I was in yeshiva. After yeshiva, I looked for places close to the center because that’s the location with which I was most familiar. 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 into town.

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