We asked olim from around the globe why they chose to make Aliyah when they did.
Michal Neuman (10) made Aliyah from New York 2 years ago because she loves Israel. She and her family visited often and she already knew her way around before they moved.Margot Saffer
Eitan Aronowitz (25) made Aliyah 2 years ago from South Africa to join his family after he finished university and to be a part of 'something bigger'.Margot Saffer
Hedva Rosen (33) made Aliyah from England 7 months ago because she wanted her daughter to grow up in Israel.Rocco Giansante
Deborah Shayovitz (51) made Aliyah from Chile in 1980 to study in Israel after visiting the country on a 2-week high school trip.Margot Saffer
Sarah H. David (29) made Aliyah from California 4 years ago. After 'trying out' Israel on a teaching fellowship - she 'fell out of place' back in Los Angeles and decided to make her dream of Aliyah - which she held since she was 10 years old - a reality.Rocco Giansante
Your Day of Aliyah
The Jewish Agency joins the State of Israel in celebrating the first ever annual Yom Aliyah.
Margot Saffer is an olah chadasha writing from Jerusalem, Margot holds degrees in English, Media, and Psychology (cum laude), and a MPhil in Life-Writing. Her poetry, prose, journalism, and academic work have been published in three languages, on four continents. Her interests are social activism, giving voice to minority populations, and personal profiles.