For many, making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) helps define much of their Jewish identity and experience. In the wake of crisis in Gaza, many olim (immigrants to Israel) who have planned to land at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv this past summer have had to reschedule or erase their itineraries altogether.
However, a group of 64 individuals stood unfazed by issues surrounding security and steadfast about beginning a new chapter of their lives in Eretz Yisrael. This group, which ranged in age from 8 months to 91 years old, traveled with Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that is dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah from North America. With support from Nefesh B’Nefesh, the new Israeli citizens have recently moved to cities including Jerusalem, Beir Shemesh, and Modiin.
Among the 64 was one Becky Kupchan, a 26-year-old Chicagoan who settled into the capital city of Southern Israel, Beer Sheva. Kupchan, for one, put her faith in the Israeli Government and the IDF which she wholeheartedly trusts will protect her and her dream to live in Israel—or as she calls it, home.
“At home,” Kupchan said in an interview, “you always feel safe.”
Everyone at Nefesh B’Nefesh stands by Kupchan and the other heroic Olim in their decision to become Israeli citizens despite the circumstances challenging the nation. And while Kupchan courageously cherishes every step of her Jewish homecoming, she leaves behind an inspiration so others may follow in
~PuderPR contributed to this article.