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    Alumni Say

    Hannah Katz – Kibbutz Kvutzat Yavne 2014

    24th January 2020

    “There is no other way I could have imagined this journey without the help of Garin Tzabar”

    “The first question people would ask me in Israel was WHY would an American girl make Aliyah to serve in the military? To me, the answer is simple and clear: as Jews, regardless

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    Sam Gosling – Kibbutz Tirat Tzvi 2012

    2nd January 2020

    Garin Tzabar’s extra care, compassion and understanding of what we were going through transformed my army experience and is a major factor in my decision to continue mylife in Israel.

    I write this on the 7 year anniversary of my Aliyah and, despite the time that has passed, my reasons for making Aliyah are as relevant as ever. I came to Israel due

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    Tamar Fischer – Kibbutz Yechiam 2013

    29th August 2019

    "Garin Tzabar gave me the privilege of having a second family, any difficulty or apprehensions were put away quite quickly knowing the support system I had through Garin Tzabar and my Garin

    “In 2012, I came to Israel on a gap year, thinking that afterwards I’d return home to Atlanta, go to college and continue my life in America. I remember the exact day I

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    Sam Morrow – Kibbutz Tirat Tzvi 2012

    29th August 2019

    "I chose to do Garin Tzabar since I would be able to make Aliyah and draft into the army with fellow Lone Soldiers and that we would all be going through the same difficulties"

    “My first time in Israel, without my family, was when I came for a gap-year program. While living in Israel that year I realized it was the first time I truly felt at

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    Jacob Frisch – Kibbutz Lavi 2013

    29th August 2019

    "we had someone who truly could understand what we went through, chances were, they faced similar challenges that week as well, coming back to Kibbutz Lavi on my off weekends truly felt like coming home"

     “At the age of 17 I took a trip to Poland, standing in a gas chamber in Auschwitz touching the blue stained walls I swore to make Aliyah and serve in the Israeli

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    Danielle Hod – Kibbutz Yechiam 2013

    29th August 2019

    "Garin Tzabar gave me the privilege of having a second family, any difficulty or apprehensions were put away quite quickly knowing the support system I had through Garin Tzabar and my Garin

    “I decided to make Aliyah with Garin Tzabar after I did a gap year program in Israel for a year. Living in Israel and understanding the culture, vibe and atmosphere made my decision

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    Dafna Kadosh – Garin Tzabar village Ibim 2017

    29th August 2019

    "Coming home to my friends in Garin Tzabar was a big part of the reason I got through it all. They took on the role of my family--through the ups and downs "

     “I drafted in March of 2017 through Garin Tzabar from Kfar Ibim. I remember the day so vividly: relinquishing my civilian clothes in exchange for a slightly oversized, green polyester uniform; being subject

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    Shiri Lasman – kibbutz Afikim 2013

    29th August 2019

    “Thanks to Garin Tzabar and the support system they provided me and my Garin, I had an amazing home away from home with my fellow Garin mates and family for life!”

    “I always had a huge love for Israel, and in 2013 I got on a one-way flight to Ben Gurion Airport and made Aliyah with Garin Tzabar in order to join the IDF

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    Liat Aharon Kibbutz Nir Yizhak 2014

    29th August 2019

    I chose to make Aliyah through Garin Tzabar because the process of moving to another country and making Aliyah can be very complicated and even lonely and Garin Tzabar was there to simplify things for me and the rest of the Garin.

    “I made Aliyah in 2014 through Garin Tzabar to Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak. I decided to make Aliyah, specifically to draft to the IDF because I felt that if Israeli citizens must draft to

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    Shira Gazit – Kibbutz Ortal 2009

    29th August 2019

    I couldn't have done it without the support system I received from Garin Tzabar, it wouldn't have been the same if I didn't have Garin Tzabar

    “It’s been 10 years I can’t believe it. 10 years since I got on that plane, with 8 suitcases and that post I wrote on Facebook when it was just starting to get

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    Max Bernstein Kibbutz Alumim 2013

    29th August 2019

    "I knew that making Aliyah with a group of people my age who shared similar ideals and goals would help me solidify my identity and strengthen my connection with Israel. "

     I grew up with a strong Jewish Identity but in a predominantly non-Jewish area. I wanted to connect more to my history and roots, and that’s why I chose to Make Aliyah and

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    Danit Aharonov Kibbutz Kissufim 2013

    26th August 2019

    Thanks to Garin Tzabar and the support system provided to me, I never felt alone These challenges and experiences built me up and helped create the person I am today.”

    “Making Aliya was both the best thing that I ever did, and the hardest challenge I ever encountered. Coming to Israel and serving in the IDF as a lone soldier is not the

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