Congratulations or commiserations, or perhaps both, are in order....
Our oldest daughter made aliyah - flew to Israel yesterday and should arrive in Tel Aviv within hours. She will be in Jerusalem for a few weeks and then will be looking for a job, ideally along the middle/north coast (near family). She is 24 and partly excited and partly very scared!
It's great that she has family there. Most of the kids from my minyan who have made Aliyah do not have family there, so for example when they were in the IDF, they were "lone soldiers" without a "home" to go back to on leave. Will your daughter do IDF duty? I think one of my minyan's olim did a reduced service since he was an "old" new recruit at age 25.
I think the terminology "making Aliyah" refers only to the intention to stay in Israel permanently. When my husband did a post-doc at the Weizmann Institute in Israel for two years, he certainly did not call it "making Aliyah", and in fact since he was Jewish, he had to periodically file some papers to say that he was NOT planning to stay in Israel and claim citizenship under "Law of Return". The several now adult "children" from my minyan who have "made Aliyah" and have lived in Israel from 1-7 years do not intend to return to live in the US, although they do come back to visit their parents from time to time.
She makes the move with the intent to stay. But of course, that may happen, or perhaps not. Life is never completely certain. She has considered army duty, but (in my opinion) isn't really her thing (she is very much a 'loner', prefers not to do things with other people, and thinks 11 is a perfectly fine time to be getting up in the morning). But - well, we shall see. Her female cousins all did the alternative service instead of 'army'. She is in some kind of short educational/immersion program in Jerusalem for about a month, and then they are supposed to give her some kind of assistance in finding a job.
She has dual citizenship, so she may or may not be going through the typical 'aliyah'/new citizen stuff. Again - we shall see.
So far, she's fine - but she's only been there four days! Too soon to tell.
I just saw from a Facebook post that yet another now-adult "minyan child" is making Aliyah. It is not a surprise since she has spent the past year living and working In Israel and she has a serious boyfriend there. She joins more than a half dozen other "minyan kids" who have made Aliyah (as well as the daughter of members who joined our minyan after she was already an adult). I think about 10% of minyan members' children have made Aliyah.
How is your daughter doing as a new Olah, Simcha?
Last Edit: Jun 26, 2013 11:23:39 GMT -5 by Debbie B.
Finally an update! Well - after the Jerusalem program, our daughter moved to Netanya, to stay with her aunt and uncle there (my sister in law and her husband). She spent some time straightening out her situation (and is now a proper 'olah' and is enrolled in an ulpan program to reinforce and improve her Hebrew - which is already decent but not as fluent as she needs to be). She is getting the new immigrant stipend, which helps, because she has had trouble with job hunting (partly due to less than total fluency in Hebrew and partly because - well, for pete's sake, she's an English major!) Her previous job experience here had been varied but not leading to anything in particular.
However, as of this month, she has a job! She is working for an agency which assists Israelis who want to move/work/study abroad in the US and/or Canada. Between that, and ulpan, she is keeping extremely busy. She is still living with her aunt and uncle in Netanya (they had four kids, all grown now, so their house has plenty of room. There is also a small (and I do mean SMALL) house in their back yard, which they built a few years ago for one of their daughters and her family, but that family has since moved to a larger place, so our daughter is well settled until she has the urge to move).
Currently, we are hoping to travel there early next year for a visit - my sister in law's oldest grandchild will be celebrating his bar mitzvah!