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Abraham and the Secret to Successful Aliyah

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This weekend we read in the weekly Torah portion about the quintessential immigrants to Israel, Abraham and Sarah. Their Aliyah story has served as a model and inspiration to millions of immigrants to Israel throughout the generations. Beyond the inspiration, the details of their narrative may hold the secret of successful immigration to Israel.

As a relatively new immigrant to Israel myself, and a psychologist working with families of immigrants, I am often asked about the risks involved in making Aliyah, especially with children, and what can be done to maximize immigration success. Although many people have theories about this question, usually driven by their own experience, surprisingly, very little scientific data is available that can help us truly understand what makes for better adjustment after Aliyah.

In order to fill this gap, we recently launched the Successful Transition after Aliyah Relocation Project (The STAR Project) at Ariel University. In collaboration with Nefesh B’Nefesh, we surveyed 140 US immigrants to Israel to learn about what makes for a successful immigration to Israel........

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