Eight years after olah hadasha Elena Ralph won the Miss Israel 2005 title, will another new immigrant once again wear the crown?
Well, since her arrival at the Carmiel Absorption Center in 2010, Sabina Yosepova, 19, is certainly giving it a solid try: she's already made it to the 2013 pageant's semi-finals.
"She already knew exactly why she came here and what she wanted to do," says center manager Ziona Izenshtein of the new immigrant from Uzbekistan's Bukhara Province.
Before making Aliyah, Sabina was well connected to the The Jewish Agency's activities and programs. She participated in summer camps, worked as a counselor in after-school childcare, assisted in organizing holiday parties in her hometown, and all the while studied Hebrew and prepared for the big move to her new home.
Sabina particularly stood out for her vocal talents in choir at ceremonies and events, and, as an accomplished dancer, skillfully choreographed a routine for the ceremony where she received her new Israeli I.D.
A well-rounded student with high motivation, persistence and diligence, Sabina was quick to learn Hebrew and was welcomed into the advanced Hebrew language class.
Coming to Israel she set upon realizing her dreams: to pursue her musical career and get accepted to the music academy in Jerusalem and major in dance.
She did the paperwork and set appointments for orientation at the school. In the interim, however, Sabina joined the IDF in August 2011, and entered the Air Force.
So, while she's put her plans for pursuing a dance career on a back burner until after she concludes her stint in uniform, Sabina's in the running for the Miss Israel pageant.