Making Aliyah

Whenever I’m approached by someone who intends to make Aliyah – immigrate to Israel – or is the process of doing so, I am very touched and moved. It means a lot to me to be able to be involved in such a huge, life changing, step, which quite a few people choose to take. As a Shlicha I’m required to conduct an interview with any Aliyah candidate and to attest to his/her mental and physical well being, as well as to their good intentions. When I meet with the candidates I can’t help but admire their courage and hope with all my heart for their successful integration – as much as I think that Israel is the best place on earth, it is not easy for anyone at any age to start again.

Terry Troutner is one of the people I interviewed. Recently I received this heartwarming email from him which he gave me permission to share with you. Terry is also willing to be in touch with anyone who wants to learn from his experience.

From: Terry Troutner [mailto:tltroutner@hotmail.com]
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009 8:31 AM
To: nshavit@mplsfed.org
Subject: Thank You

 Shalom Noga,
 
Well I've been in Israel exactly one month now, after making aliyah on July 7.  I love it here!  Thanks so much for all your help in making this possible for me.  I've got a nice apartment in Ariel, which I bought all new appliances for.  My furniture from the U.S. arrived here last Monday.  I'll be starting Ulpan in Ariel at the beginning of September.  In the meantime, I'm working on getting my Israeli drivers license and getting my academic degrees converted to their Israeli equivalents.  I plan to wait and start looking for a job until after the holidays.
 
My three dogs came on the Nefesh B'Nefesh flight with me, and are also doing fine.
 
Thanks again for all your help!
 
Terry Troutner

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