Stories from the Field

Stories of Jewish people we’ve helped make aliyah (emigrate to Israel).

I Felt Like a Real King – Vasili B from Kherson

I Felt Like a Real King – Vasili B from Kherson

Vasili did not ‘fall’ into Ezra’s hands immediately. Firstly, the Jewish aid organisation Chesed in Odessa received a call from Vasili’s daughter from Israel with a request to help find and evacuate her father from Kherson and help him get to Israel. A few days before...

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Vadim Sh from Tiraspol, Transnistria, Moldova

Vadim Sh from Tiraspol, Transnistria, Moldova

“The idea of making aliyah has been brewing in my head for a long time, especially since my cousin Vladislav, quite recently, in October 2022, left for the SELA (Village) youth training program and the first acquaintance with the country of Israel, of course, comes...

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Boris and Elya P from Yalta

Boris and Elya P from Yalta

Boris is making aliyah with his wife Elya and sons Georgii and Yuri.  He tells their story: “We ourselves are from Donetsk. Therefore, the main reason for our move is that it was very dangerous for us to stay in Donetsk. The area where we lived was often shelled. And...

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Valentina K from Kyiv

Valentina K from Kyiv

“I have lived all my life in Kyiv.  My husband was a wonderful man, and we had a happy life together.  We had one daughter and now I have two grandchildren.  My husband died last year, and I was left a widow.  My daughter’s family and I started to live together as we...

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Oleg and Elena B from Kyiv

Oleg and Elena B from Kyiv

“My wife, Elena, and I are residents of Kiev. I am a photographer by profession and my wife is a Russian language teacher. We have raised a son and already have a granddaughter. My son and his family live in Israel. He went there to study on a student program and...

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Nataliya D from Konotop

Nataliya D from Konotop

“It is a tremendous miracle for me that my mother was able to find documents proving our Jewish roots and that we can make aliyah.  We have been dreaming about this in our family for a long time but only now is the dream coming true.” “When I was a teenager, I wanted...

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