Arrival: A second chance to live

Through divorce and a near-fatal health scare, this mother of four took a risk and ‘won the lottery.’

Eve Jacobs
Eve Jacobs uprooted her four children from England in 2009 – when they were 11, 14, 16 and 17 years old – knowing full well that their adjustment to Israel would be rocky, but with the conviction that she was setting them on the path to great futures that they wouldn’t have if they stayed where they were.

“I took a risk and feel like I won the lottery,” the single mother says while sitting at a café near her home in Jerusalem’s German Colony. “When I moved here, every single person said, ‘You’re so brave,’ or ‘You’re so crazy,’ and I’ve got to tell you, I’m a bit of both. It took three years for my kids to tell me I wasn’t mad. Today they’re all happy and very settled.”

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