About this blog

On January 10, 2011, fulfilling a life-long dream, my wife and daughter and I made aliyah, a Hebrew word meaning immigrating to Israel.  Just before leaving, I wrote a “farewell” piece in the Bay Area’s JWeekly.  I described Israel this way:

I remember an old Jewish Agency aliyah poster with a photo of a beautiful rose nestled among many thorns. “We never promised you a rose garden,” read the slogan. Yet while some people prefer only to see the thorns, I have never stopped seeing the rose.

This blog has only one purpose, to tell of our experiences, both the roses and the thorns, in the first year of aliyah for family, friends, other olim and potential olim.  Enjoy!


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