By Anna Kos, JNFU Director
On July 8th, I went out of my comfort zone. For years, I have been saying I would make Aliyah (move to Israel) but it never happened.

For years my friends and colleagues heard me say the same thing over and over again but no action.

On the eve of December 31st, 2017 I made a decision. That night I started by application for the Aliyah process. The following months I was having a battle internally on whether or not I was making the right choice. My parents knew and were supportive but it was hard to talk about with some of my closest friends. I found myself avoiding the question.

When it comes to Israeli companies, when they hire you, they want you to start immediately. I knew when the time came and I found an opportunity, I would have to make a decision in a split second. In mid-June, this moment came, I knew I had to make a decision quickly. I went with my gut and on June 18th, everything was confirmed. I was moving home on July 8th.

Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people is something I was brought up with throughout my entire childhood.

I can proudly say that I feel more connected to Judaism from a Zionist/Nationalist perspective than a religious perspective. It is not really something I can explain, but feeling you have inside.

I won’t deny that it has been an emotional roller coaster for months of me dealing with this decision. However, when I finally finished the processing part at Ben Gurion Airport, and walked out to be greeted with balloons from 3 of my wonderful friends at KKL Israel, I truly felt like I was coming home again.

This post, is the beginning of a series of living life in Israel, stay tuned for more in the upcoming days and weeks.