Sofia Rosen of Montville, 25, was among the 28 olim on Nefesh B’Nefesh’s final group aliyah flight of 5780, which flew from New York to Ben Gurion Airport just before the new year. Another flight came from Toronto.
This year saw an increase in interest in making aliyah; Nefesh B’Nefesh recorded a 150 percent increase in aliyah applications.
Ms. Rosen participated in the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program in Bat Yam. That’ where she met her Israeli boyfriend, who lives in Holon and own Pizza Bograshov in Tel Aviv. She plans to teach Israeli university students English — at least for now she’ll be doing it on Zoom, even after her quarantine ends. (Everyone coming into Israel from the United States has to observe a two-week quarantine.)
“To make aliyah feels like a chapter of new beginnings and making it just before Rosh Hashanah gave it that fresh start filled with love and success,” Ms. Rosen said. “Making aliyah in the middle of the pandemic is difficult, but truly worth it the second I stepped off the plane.”
“In these times of global uncertainty, we never cease to be amazed and stand in awe of the resilience of the olim who are continuing to make aliyah despite all the challenges of covid,” Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Nefesh B’Nefesh’s co-founder and executive director, said.