Sunday, July 26, 2009



For those of you who have made Aliyah or are making Aliyah - where did you choose to move, why, and how did you find out about it?



Olah Chadasha said...

Jerusalem, Grad school, My husband was going to school there. However, I live in Karmiel now and hate it, husband's army post is nearby. Want to move!

DonutsMom said...

What don't you like about it?

Olah Chadasha said...

Firstly, Hebrew isn't even the first language here. Karmiel became one of the centers for Russian immigrants to come to in the '90s, and it's still a predominantly a Russian city.

There is a small Anglo community here, but it's very hidden. There aren't sort of organized groups or activities for Anglos like you talk about in Ariel. Worse than that, when people have tried to do stuff to get the Anglos together, they get told, Oh, well, people have tried to do stuff in the past. It's never worked out, so don't bother trying.

Lastly, the Anglo community that does exist is on the older side. There really aren't that many young couples here. At least, again, that we've found. It's been frustrating. It seems that Ariel is more open to bringing people together than they are here. People seem to get in a little clique here and don't want to invite anyone else in.

DonutsMom said...

Well, we've got a lot of Russians here too. Everything is written in Hebrew or Russian. Hopefully one day it will be in English too. :)

Since the Anglo community is older there, they probably aren't as open to change. Anglo's in Ariel is the mayor's latest project and because of that they try to make us happy so we will stay (it's working). And I think since the Anglo community here is small, it's very close-knit regardless of age, marital status, or religiousity. We have a few newlywed couples, a number of singles, and are starting to get a few more young families.

Lauren said...

Moving to Jerusalem (Dec. '09, b"H-- see the blog for more details on that). Reasons-- ulpan location (ulpan Etzion), large singles community, friends, MDA station.
I want to end up in the North (Galil area), because it's a beautiful place and there's more space there.