Monday, May 9, 2011

Aliyah Update: I'm Freaking Out Man!

A lot has happened recently. The big news started on Wednesday with an email from our realtor who let me know that there was a one bedroom apartment available in Nachlaot. We quickly had one of our friends look at it for us and take some pictures. After discussing the details of the place, we decided to move forward. On Sunday we signed the lease and this morning we sent it over and wired the first two months rent.

However, that was not the only news of the week. Wednesday was busy but paled in comparison to Thursday. While going back and forth with the realtor, I received an email from Nefesh B'Nefesh notifying us that we have two reserved seats on the July 11th flight. This was a little surprising since we hadn't gotten our visas yet (we needed to secure an apartment before we would be approved) but I wasn’t going to question it.

Interestingly, that afternoon I received a call from the Jewish Agency letting me know that our visas were ready for us to pick up. This was a BIG surprise. So, I took a long “lunch” break on Friday and walked across town. Visas in hand, I returned to the office clutching the envelope like Gollum would grasp the ring…. my precious!

So, it has been a hectic week and we got a lot more accomplished than I ever thought we would. It is becoming a reality. We will be in Israel, we will be Israelis, in a little over two months.

Wow. I am freaking out a little bit.


  1. I can tell you're freaking out a little bit because you were hyper jumping up and down last week and this week you're just MUCH more quiet than normal. This is all just SOOO insane!!!

  2. WOW! Sounds like everything is falling right into place! Such wonderful news all packed into a short time frame - I can understand the you might be "freaking out!"

  3. A lot has been accomplished and we have a lot to get done. Talk about motivation!

  4. Sean, Keep blogging ... and mazel tov. I just received flight confirmation for July 11 also. See you at JFK ...

    West Palm Beach > Be'er Sheva July 2011

  5. Hi Sammy,

    Mazel Tov to you too! We know a few people that will be on that flight. We have been getting together on twitter for some time now to talk about the #Twaliyah (Twitter Aliyah) process and plans.

    We have a nice welcoming party forming as well!

    See you in July!


  6. We'll be on the July 11th flight too! Comin' in from Chicago! I'm freaking out too at the moment... we can freak/ cry/ laugh/ yippee/ and weep together. It'll be to spot my hubby and 4 kids.. we'll be the ones demonstrating ALL of those emotions at the same time!!!!

    Rachel Weinstein

  7. We'll be on the same flight... we're Beit Shemesh bound!

  8. Mazel Tov Rachel! Time seems to be going by so fast. I look forward to meeting you and your family at the airport! We have gotten to know many of the families that will be on the July 11th flight. I guess we are all quickly becoming a new sort of family... our Nefesh B'Nefesh family... our Israeli family. We can't wait!!!!

  9. Hatzlacha raba. We made aliyah this past Sept. 2010 and it was absolutely the best thing we have ever done. As they say - "may you have an easy klita".

  10. Thank you Caryn. It has been a difficult decision to make to leave our friends and family and, basically, start over. But we believe it to be the right decision and we look forward to our new life as Israelis!

  11. Everyone on the flight will have the same emotions, although they might be blunted a bit by exhaustion. There is nothing like coming off the bus at the airport and being greeted by hundreds of people. You'll hever forget it, on the one hand, and on the other, many of the people look shell-shocked more than ecstatic.

    Welcome home.

  12. Thank you for the warm welcome Karen. I can't say that I am looking forward to being "shell-shocked" but I am looking forward to going home!