Tonight my synagogue, Tiferet Avot, held an evening to welcome the women who moved to Israel with their families this year. Truth to tell, there were more WELCOMERS than there were NEWCOMERS, but the stories around the table were fabulous.
We truly were a gathering of women from the four corners of the earth - Germany, England, South Africa, Australia, US, Canada. The oldest among us was also an Olah Chadash (new immigrant) once - in 1937, when she fled Germany with her parents. She speaks a great Hebrew. I guess there's hope for the rest of us - in another 50 years or so, we all should be totally fluent.
It was very strengthening to see that each woman has carved out her own niche in our community - as teachers, therapists, translators, scientists, craftswomen, you name it.
We wish lots of good luck to newcomers and veterans, and together, IY"H, we hope to build an Israel of peace, prosperity and pride.