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I grew up in New Jersey in a very Zionist home and I’ve
loved Israel all my life. My journey began in the
summer of 2018 when I decided to draft to the IDF as a
volunteer Lone Soldier in a combat unit. After my year and
a half service, I went back to the US for a bit.
Unfortunately, one of my friends from the army was
killed by a rocket fired by Hamas terrorists, and the
experience left me with a lot of psychological
trauma and I’ve been having a lot of difficulty since. That
being said, with God’s help, I recently decided to finally
make Aliyah and move to Israel permanently.

I have been in Israel for a little while now and I am beyond excited to be fulfilling the words of the prophets. ​ I hope to work a nice job in Israel,
and raise Israeli children here, when the time is right.

I’ve heard incredible things about the generosity of your organization,
and am thankful for all your help!

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Raphael, Michal & Family

Michal: “My family left the USSR in the early 1970’s after facing persecution for being Jewish. They traveled from Moscow to Odessa, Ukraine to protest the USSR’s refusal to allow Jews to practice their religion, or alternatively, to emigrate to a free country. After two years of having their citizenship revoked, they were finally granted permission to leave. My wife’s father is from Morocco. As a child, he remembers being attacked on the street merely for being Jewish. At the tender age of 13, his parents sent him to study in a Yeshiva in France. Following marriage, they emigrated to the United States in the late 1990’s with the hope of raising their family in a country that embraces religious freedom. We are forever grateful for the freedom and opportunities the United States have granted us. Now with children of our own, we believe a strong Jewish education will ensure that our children will stay strong in their faith and practice of our religion and will thrive in Israel, our Homeland. Our children are walking in the steps of their forefathers, living in the same places they learn about in the Bible. We pray our return to the Land of Israel will help our children to realize they are fulfilling prophecy." 

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Diane & Samuel

I was born and raised in Paris. My mother was from Algeria and they had to leave everything behind after the independence. My Russian father survived the Second World War because he was hidden in a Catholic school. Unfortunately, the housekeeper told the Nazis where my family was and they were sent to Dachau concentration camp. My grandfather was in one of the first trains going there. He was lucky enough to be tall and strong so the Nazi’s needed him for hard labour. My father’s mother was a seamstress; she survived by sewing the yellow stars on the clothes of Jews.

I graduated with an art history degree in Paris and saw anti-Semitism was growing so I moved to the USA in 2004 where my sister had immigrated the year before. I lost both my parents in the same year that I had my son Samuel and got divorced. It was a very hard year for me in so many ways - emotionally, physically, and financially. My son was my reason to wake up and fight every new day. I had faith that one day everything would be alright and that one day, Hashem would bring us back to Israel where we always belonged.
This was my hope. After 10 years of struggling all by myself with my son, there was no reason for us to continue to live in America. I have seen many acts of anti-Semitism in New York and New Jersey and I didn’t want my son to grow up in that
environment. This was a sign for us to make Aliyah to Israel.
Thank you for your love, support and prayers. I feel very blessed to have Return Ministries and Project Return
as part of our journey home.


Aharon & Devora

Aharon: “My grandparents survived the Holocaust and grandfather shared his story in the book, Visions of Greatness. He survived the war by being an excellent tailor. About to be sent to the Vilna Ghetto, he and his wife and child went into hiding but were caught by the SS and he never saw them again. Making his way to America after being liberated from the Kluga Labour Camp, he continued tailoring to his latter years.“ Devora: “My parents are Russian born of Polish descent. They lost everything and saw some of their family burned to death. Sent to Siberia, my grandmother married the camp doctor and finally, in 1972, they were able to move to Israel. My sister and I realized our dream to establish a beautiful spa salon for women but the pandemic ended our American dream. However, this gave me time to really focus on what is truly important and led us to make the decision to make Aliyah, to fulfill my dream to live amongst my people who share similar goals and values as I do.We so appreciate your efforts in helping Jewish people to return home.”

Project Return Aliyah Stories

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Nathan, Aliza & Family

Joshua, Coral & Family

Nathan: “Our family felt for quite a while that we no longer fit the American culture. With the pandemic and life slowing down, we began to think that Israel would be the best place for us.  The more we looked into it, the more we were convinced. My father was born in Israel in 1948 during the war of Independence. He said that the windows were being blown out when he was being born. He cried when I told him we were moving to Israel.  I am in market research and have worked from my home for the last five years.  It took me a year of negotiation and working with my company, but they agreed to let me take my job with me to Israel.  It felt like the journey the Israelites went through in earning the Land of Israel, but we are so grateful to have made it! How special to us to receive personal communication from our sponsors whose generosity helped us along our journey. Going through the process, it felt like doors were being opened for us like never before. Thank you so much for your prayers, good wishes and efforts on our behalf.”

Joshua: ”My grandfather was the only survivor of the Holocaust of his ten siblings. After the war, he made his way to Israel but moved to New York 10 years later. My sister made Aliyah in 2004 and ever since our visit to her new home we realized how viable life in Israel can be and yearned to make the move.  We are proud Zionists who have dreamed of raising our children in our homeland for years. While we truly regret not making the move sooner, we are optimistic that our children will flourish in Israel and love living there. We are honoured and excited to have the opportunity to move to the land our ancestors have dreamed of for 2,000 years, and are extremely grateful to Project Return for helping make our dream come true!"  

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