Personal Stories 2008
The Personal Stories archive takes you behind the scenes to meet the people benefiting from Jewish Agency programs. Find out about an Ethiopian immigrant whose participation in Jewish Agency’s Sparks of Science program has opened up a whole new world for her, a world that will give her the scholastic ability and the self-esteem necessary to advance in today's science and technology fields. Read about high school students who join the Jewish Agency Naale program and become productive Israeli citizens, giving back to the country that has already given them so much.
|Angels Came to Visit Shmuel|
December 30, 2008 / 3 Tevet 5769 “Angels came to visit me this morning,” recalled Shmuel Shmila from the town of Netivot, referring to the arrival of two representatives from the Jewish Agency's Fund
December 30, 2008 / 3 Tevet 5769 On the 21st of December, 2008, as the candles celebrating the first night of Hanukkah were being lit throughout the country, a missile crashed into Maya Ibar's Sderot
|A Moving Encounter|
Teka Tezare, niece, Ora Mengistu, and sister, Teka Deodito. December 25, 2008 / 28 Kislev 5769Ora Mengistu is a senior counselor at the Jewish Agency's Sapir Absorption Center in Kiryat Yam.
|Net@ is an Exciting After-School Initiative|
December 18, 2008 / 21 Kislev 5769 “It is sad that many people have left Sderot because of the situation. But life goes on.
|Serving With Pride|
December 16, 2008 / 19 Kislev 5769 “I grew up in Queens going to the Tzofim – Israel Scouts Movement with other children of Israelis.
|A Reversal of Roles: The Saga of Vered Ahihon|
December 14, 2008 / 17 Kislev 5769 At the age of 4, Vered (Amyosh) Ahihon, made aliyah with her family from Ambar in the Gondar district.
|A Call to Social Activism|
December 4, 2008 / 7 Kislev 5769 The Lunch and Learn program supported by the Jewish Agency Partnership 2000, keeps children off the street and gives them incredible emotional, social and educational
|Connecting to the Land|
December 3, 2008 / 6 Kislev 5769 "When I thought about staying in Israel for more than a few months I wanted a program in which I could literally connect to the land, be involved in Tikkun Olam, and
|Jump to Success!|
November 27, 2008 / 29 Chesvan 5769 "Today I am Israel's national long jump champion, and I feel that I am worth something.
|A Turning Point For Roman: Toward his Jewish Identity and Israel|
November 20, 2008 / 22 Chesvan 5769 Sometimes it's the simplest decisions that bear the most impact on your future.
|Making Aliyah with Franco-Italian Flair|
November 12, 2008 / 14 Chesvan 5769 Having made aliyah with the Jewish Agency Community Absorption program, Alessandro Menashe, a Jewish architect of Italian origin, plans on making a contribution
|I Love the Learning and the People|
November 10, 2008 / 12 Chesvan 5769 Margarita Benderenko (20) grew up in a small city in Ukraine.
|Playing for Peace and Hope|
November 6, 2008 / 8 Chesvan 5769 “I grew up in Sderot when it was a peaceful city, and it gave me everything I have in life: friends, education, values and a beautiful environment until the Kassam
|Aliyah in Stages: A Success Story|
November 3, 2008 / 5 Cheshvan 5769 Thanks to the Jewish Agency MASA sponsored Young Judaea Year Course, Stephanie Jekowsky enjoyed her first taste of Israel, which lead her on an exciting aliyah
|Engineering a Bright Future|
October 28, 2008 / 29 Tishrei 5769 Zohar Mevrathe barely survived the journey to Israel from a Sudanese refugee camp.
|Finding Her Passion in Jerusalem|
October 22, 2008 / 23 Tishrei 5769 "I chose a completely different path, I feel like I'm living my life now for a greater cause.
|Success Amid the Sirens: Net@ Facilitates High-Tech Future for Sderot Youth|
October 12, 2008 / 13 Tishrei 5769 “In spite of the Kassam rocket attacks, life goes on in Sderot.
|Volunteer for Israel: Change from Within|
October 5, 2008 / 6 Tishrei 5769 For Jessica Danial, an opportunity to volunteer for Magen David Adom not only brought her to Israel, but deep into the hearts of the people and home that she loved.
|Engineering her Family's Future in Israel|
September 10, 2008 / 10 Elul 5768 Just three generations ago, Olga Maksin's family was being persecuted and even killed because of their Jewish identity.
|From Georgia to Israel|
September 4, 2008 / 4 Elul 5768 Tamar Moshiashvili's life revolved around her successful career as a teacher and translator.
|Katy Builds a Playground in War Torn Kiryat Shmona|
July 14, 2008 / 11 Tammuz 5768 An emotional ceremony was held on June 19th at Kiryat Shmona – the laying of a corner stone for a new playground, donated by Katy Mayerson, through the UJA-Federation
|Kadima with Kedma: A Bright Future for Legese Belete|
July 3, 2008 / 30 Sivan 5768 Talking about his future college plans in Ashkelon, Legese Belete is so calm and confident that you would never know how hard he's been working since arriving in Israel
|Sowing her Southern Roots: Racheli Atias|
June 24, 2008 / 21 Sivan 5768 “I love the Negev. I was born in the development town of Ofakim, but thought about leaving so I could raise my family in a better place.
|Once Upon a Dream|
June 19, 2008 / 16 Sivan 5768 It's ironic to find Yana Dorofeyeva (23) buried in books, studying for her upcoming college exams, because Yana doesn't live 'by the book'.