“Mommy, we’re on our way back from Jerusalem. Can we come home with the team for dinner?” “The team? The whole team? At 11 at night?” This was my conversation with my oldest son three years ago. He had just started high school at a boarding school 45 minutes south of our house. When the… Read More Filling Those Basketball Bellies…and our Hearts
Today is our Bar Mitzvah Aliyahversary. Nefesh B’Nefesh asked me to share a few words about what our Aliyah means to us 13 years later. Here is what I had to say, which you can also find on Facebook. ‘Mommy, can we make Aliyah again?’ These were the words my four-year-old asked for months after… Read More Mazal Tov On Our Bar Mitzvah!
Last week, right before school started, we received this schedule (included below) in an email. When I opened it, I sat and admired it for a few minutes. Now, I know it’s unusual to get goosebumps over a bus schedule, but that’s exactly how I reacted. This is one of the many, many examples of… Read More Goosebumps over the Bus Schedule
Last week, my supervisor and I were discussing the upcoming Nefesh B’Nefesh flight arrival and our plans to attend. We were sharing a sense of wonder at the indescribable nature of the experience and the Aliyah process. In what other country in the world do people wake up at 5:00 in the morning to scream… Read More Our Modern Day Rock Stars Have Arrived
Today is our Aliyaversary. We got onto the plane 12 years ago today with two little boys, a baby on the way and our whole lives ahead. I still can’t believe we did it or how rich and vibrant our lives would be as a result. But as I reflect on 12 years, there are… Read More Mazal Tov! It’s the Sussmans’ Only Bat Mitzvah!
There were so many amazing and awe-inspiring moments yesterday at the Nefesh B’Nefesh arrival ceremony. But the one that was the most inspirational for me was to watch my oldest son, Matan, with his Israeli friends. Matan arrived in Israel at the age of four. Here is Matan waiting to board the flight to Israel!… Read More And the Shofar Blows
Yes, ten years later I understand full well that I’m still an immigrant – and that I will always, always, be one. Most of the time, my immigrant status doesn’t really come into play. I live in a wonderful yishuv where I know almost everyone. Many of my friends are English speakers and those who… Read More The Scarlet Letter I
We are a people of so much hope, so much faith, so much joy. Yesterday, 228 Olim (new immigrants) from North America stepped off of a plane and became Israeli citizens. In his speech to the new Olim, Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass called them heroes. They are heroes for coming at such… Read More The Promise of Tomorrow
As I wrote in my last post, we are celebrating our 10 year Aliyaversary at the moment. We have talked for a while now about how we would make the anniversary special for the boys and we have had many ideas- some grand and some modest. But we didn’t expect to be at war when… Read More Helping Kids to be Kids..Even During War
We arrived in Israel on a Wednesday, on July 14th, 2004. We were the living statistic of the ‘average’ Nefesh B’Nefesh immigrant that year…we were both 33 years old and we had 2.5 children. And here we were. (We are on this video many times at times 1:46, 2:29, 2:45, 2:46 and more. Catch us… Read More A Decade of Dreams Fulfilled