|Great Neck North|
They're trying to organize a big reunion in their part of the world, about half a world's distance from where I am in Israel. I had replied to their query/announcement saying I'd love to meet anyone from our class who comes to Israel, but I can't make the reunion. There were a few hundred Jews in our graduating class, but I'm the only one here in Israel. One of them wrote that she considered my being here the most "unusual" of all the stories she knows. I find that strange.
I live in a world full of Jews who have made aliyah from all corners of the world, all different backgrounds. I talk aliyah with people contemplating it. Just last night I got a call from a total stranger. Her aunt is a friend who gave her my number so I could tell her about Shiloh.
From our perspective here in Shiloh, it seems like a great tsunami of olim is in the future. Read about it in the new site Aliyah Magazine.
Many of my favorite jblogs are by olim and those planning aliyah. If it weren't for my many relatives who, not only don't have aliyah on their minds but have never even been to Israel, I'd think that all Jews have at least toyed with the idea. My perspective, like that of my former classmates, is very inaccurate. We're both wrong.
Here in Shiloh, where we have such a broad representation of international Jewry it seems that no Jew in the world is immune from the "aliyah bug."
When my husband and I first made aliyah in 1970, the only people our parents knew who had children in Israel were each other, but within a short time, they found themselves part of a growing group of middle-aged American Jews with children and grandchildren in Israel. They were active in the PNAI-Parents of North Americans in Israel, going to meetings not only in New York but when they were visiting my sister in Arizona. The meetings were both like a "support group" and also like a "badge of honor."