Step-by-Step: Making Aliyah to Israel

Documenting the very personal process of making Aliyah (immigration to Israel) by one very atypical Israeli-American girl. Aliyah on 17, August, 2005. Roadmap: What do you mean there's no roadmap?! Hang on, we're in for a bumpy ride! Ole!

Monday, June 06, 2005

The parade yesterday was a great deal of fun. About 30 Nefesh B'Nefesh families and singles turned out over the course of the parade (I wasn't the only one minus a t-shirt:), which went from 11-5 by the time the last group of marchers passed down our section of the Avenue. It was really nice getting to meet my fellow olim-to-be and hearing where they were planning to settle and what made them decide that now is the time to make Aliyah. There were so many cute kids around it made my biological clock not just tick but practically explode.

There were a good number of people wearing orange shirts at the parade (mostly watching but some marching) but they were far outnumbered by those not wearing anti-disengagement colours. I heard some interesting conversations regarding the orange shirts that were being sold, many of which revolved around the fact that the message on the front "Jews don't expel Jews," and on another version "not one inch," was too strong and that they would otherwise have bought and worn the shirts had the English translation of the hebrew message (written on the back of the shirts) been less strong.

One of the chants some of the kids marching were shouting was "2,4,6,8, Israel is a Jewish State. 3,5,7,9 there's no such thing as Palestine!" This got a lot of chuckles from the on-lookers.

It was a gloriously sunny day and, though hot, there was a slight constant breeze that kept it from being stifling (unlike my apartment!).

Ooooo I'm very excited. I found out that Mashina is playing a concert here on June 14th. I can't wait! I love Mashina!

Today my agenda is to pack my front closet, call El Al and find out about the crate specifications for the poor kitties that have to go cargo (and find out if they for positive sure pressurize and temp. control the animal section), work on a paper *cough* and try to find some way to keep cool!

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