Nesya Lieberman, granddaughter of would-be veep and former senator Joe Lieberman, has made the aliyah leap.

On Tuesday, the 20-year-old Atlanta native arrived in Israel under the auspices of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

She will attend ulpan, or Hebrew language learning, at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu in northern Israel to improve her Hebrew skills before she begins a year of National Service volunteer work.

Lieberman, who attended Jewish day schools, has visited Israel regularly with her family or as a participant in touring or Jewish learning programs.

“I’ve wanted to make aliyah ever since my eighth-grade school trip, and am overjoyed to have finally accomplished that goal!” she said, in a statement issued through Nefesh B’Nefesh. “Making aliyah alone is intimidating, but I truly believe that this is where I need to be. Jews have been praying for a return to Israel for millennia, and I’m fortunate enough to live in a time when such a return is possible. Why would I live anywhere else? Israel is my home.”

Joe Lieberman was the running mate when Al Gore was the Democratic candidate for president in 2000. He was the first Jewish vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket.

JTA Wire Service