I am on a journey, to make Aliyah, and want to share my journey with my family, friends and anyone that is interested. I made the decision to make Aliyah in December 2002 and now I am actually doing it. This blog will chronicle my story and adventures leading up to getting on the plane and then the continuing story of the beginning of my new life in Israel and what I experience once there.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Plan @ 78 days and counting...

I just realized I hadn't updated the blog with my general plan. I had talked about the options but never put the plan in writing. I guess because I've discussed this part with many of my local friends I didn't realize I hadn't put it in the blog.

Living Arrangements - Upon arrival I will be staying at the Ra'anana Absorption Center for up to 6 months. I will be taking intensive Hebrew lessons (5 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 5 months) which are offered at the Absorption Center, so I won't have to deal with getting to and from class each day. I'm not sure how quickly I start after I arrive, but as quickly as possible. When I am done with Uplan (the classes) I will then move on from there. My plan is to find a place in Jerusalem for a year after I leave the Absorption Center. I decided that if I just moved to my more permanent location then I'd never really experience Jerusalem. So, I decided I'd live there for a year take in what the city has to offer, and use the time also to better determine where I want to be long term. I still like the idea of the beach, but I'll always leave my options open based on life. For my year in Jerusalem, I'd love to find a place in the Old City, if I'm going to be in Jerusalem I think it would be even more meaningful in the Old City. So we'll see what I can find when I am ready to move.

Wheels - As parking is a premium at the Absorption Center and Jerusalem and even more so in the Old City, I have decided to get a motorcycle until I move to a more "normal" living arrangement. If the weather is bad, I can always ride a bus, take a cab or a sherut. If I need to take people with me I can always rent a car for that specific purpose. Once I have a place with real parking then I'll get a car again.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Another interesting thing about this year

I recently was wondering when my Hebrew birthday would be this year. So, I went to an online calendar to determine when I was born as I didn't know what my Hebrew birthday was. Well it is the 24th day of Tammuz. I then checked this year's calendar to see when it would be so I would know when to celebrate it in Israel. Well, guess what, it is on July 16th, which is my birthday on the Gregorian calendar. I was curious as to how often they actually occur on the same day. I haven't found a perfect answer other than it's not super common. I calculated every birthday since I was born and this year is the first time they have occurred on the same day since I was born and the next time it will occur will be in the year 2020.

So, as I was born so many years ago on the 24th of Tammuz, this year I celebrate my birthdates in Israel as a new Israeli, an oleh chadash, on the same dates, for the first time in my life since my birth. I find it interesting that without this knowledge I picked this year to make Aliyah.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Confirmed! Arriving July 7th - טו בתמוז

Well I haven't posted from the office before, but today was a little more exciting and I didn't want to wait until I got home.

I just received my confirmation e-mail from Nefesh B'Nefesh. I will be on the flight leaving from JFK in New York on July 6th, arriving in Israel on July 7th!

My kids will be driving me to New York and I am hoping to make a stop in Philadelphia for a short drop in at the FJMC International Convention and get to say quick hello, good-bye and come visit to a bunch of my Men's Club friends from all over North America.

I'll write more on my excitement later, but had to post something while the information was fresh.