An Aliyah Mother’s Dream Comes True!

In case you haven’t picked up on this already from reading my rantings, I am one of those mothers who constantly worries about her children; safety, health, nutrition, behavior, academic achievement, social assimilation, cleanliness, weather-appropriate clothing, etc.

Aside from the language factor, making Aliyah wasn’t much different for me than moving from New York to California, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee or Ohio when it came down to my children’s welfare. There are always the worries and challenges of whether or not the child will fit in socially and academically.

A few weeks ago I met with Yisrael’s ulpan teacher and her assistant to discuss his progress. Continue reading An Aliyah Mother’s Dream Comes True!


A Touching School Experience

Yisrael missed school last Wednesday through Friday because he was suffering from an upper respiratory virus. Saturday night we received a phone call from his teacher inquiring about his health, wishing him well, and hoping he’d be returning to school on Sunday. Fortunately, our landlady Sanne was here to help translate the call.

He didn’t feel 100% well on Sunday, nor was he sure he was prepared to avoid flying objects while his classmates fight like vicious animals, but dragged himself to school anyway. To his utter surprise when he entered the classroom Sunday morning all the boys surrounded and hugged him! They welcomed him back with encouraging words and carried his backpack to his desk! All day they treated him as though he had been a best friend they had been missing for months. Incredible! He arrived home grinning ear-to-ear.



Ulpan Fun Day

Yisrael is finally happy in both school and ulpan – I am so thankful! His ulpan took us on a park outing Tuesday morning that was a lot of fun.

We were greeted by seven teenage camp counselors who did a terrific job entertaining and teaching the eight ulpan kids. They played playground type of games, using only Hebrew and the kids really got into it.

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TWILIGHT ZONE Reentry and Quick Exit

Was last week just a bad dream? Have I been living in a Wizard of Oz delusion for the past month? No, I checked and there are no bumps on my head. So how do we explain the drastic turn of events? You may recall that I was told the school had a new teacher in 2nd grade who doesn’t speak English and none of the 18 boys in the class do either. Well, Friday was Yisrael’s first day in the new school and we were in for a big surprise! Continue reading TWILIGHT ZONE Reentry and Quick Exit


TWILIGHT ZONE – Israeli Education Episode 2

In last week’s episode we were waiting for a decision phone call from the man at the Education Ministry. No call.

After many e-mail and phone calls, Shelley Brinn (Ma’aleh Adumim Community Aliyah Coordinator) got us an audience with the mysterious Yoav – whose last name and title were not disclosed to us (things are very casual here)– on Monday at 1 p.m. We were annoyed that the only time they could schedule this meeting was at an hour that they knew Michael couldn’t be there – but not to worry, we are high-tech people… I called and put him on my cell phone’s speaker so he could hear every word.

Initially Yoav didn’t think transferring Yisrael to a different school was a good solution since there is violence in all schools. I acknowledged that if that were the only reason I would agree, however, our real issue was the school’s lack of responsiveness – not only to the attack on our son but also in their refusal to return calls or schedule the meetings I had requested before and after school started for the year. Continue reading TWILIGHT ZONE – Israeli Education Episode 2


TWILIGHT ZONE – The Israeli Education System

Thank you to those of you who have voiced your concerns over why I haven’t blogged in about a week – it’s nice to know that someone is reading my rantings 🙂 We have been in a surreal experience since Friday, September 5th and I have hesitated in posting about it because I was hoping for a speedy and happy resolution. Unfortunately (almost 2 weeks later) the nightmare has not been resolved. We are being bureaucratically obscured from moving our son to a different school. And being the stubborn person I am, he hasn’t been in any school during those 2 weeks.

Warning! This is going to be a long one! Continue reading TWILIGHT ZONE – The Israeli Education System


School Paperwork & More Shopping!

Tuesday, July 22nd:

We all walked over to Ma’aleh HaTorah to complete the school’s side of the enrollment paperwork for Yisrael. A very lovely woman named Hagit was kind enough to complete the forms in Hebrew and locate t-shirts with the school’s logo in Yisrael’s size.

On the way out and during the 20 minute walk back (I’m sure Yisrael will do it in less than 15, but his parents are old!), I took these photos to share with you. Continue reading School Paperwork & More Shopping!