Africa and America, a Zionist love story

For Dana and Steven Stern, their aliya on Thursday morning's Nefesh B'Nefesh flight from New York was actually their second.

July 8, 2006 23:56
1 minute read.
Africa and America, a Zionist love story

aliya 88. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


After spending their early years in separate African countries, Dana and Steven met in a Herzliya Pituah kindergarden in 1973. They kept in touch even after Steven's family moved to America two years later. For Dana and Steven Stern, their aliya on Thursday morning's Nefesh B'Nefesh/Jewish Agency flight from New York was actually their second. Steven Stern was born in Johannesburg and moved to Herzliya Pituah with his family in 1973. Dana Milner was born to Israeli parents in Kampala, Uganda, where her father was working as an engineer on behalf of the Israeli government. The Milners subsequently returned to their Herzliya Pituah home and enrolled their daughter in kindergarden. Steven and Dana quickly became friends, a friendship strong enough to withstand his family's move to America two years later. They corresponded from the time they knew how to write, but there were periods when they fell out of touch. Steven visited Israel when he was 15 to attend the bar mitzva of a cousin who lived next door to Dana, and their friendship was rekindled. Dana and Steven renewed their correspondence, and when Steven graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1994, his parents offered him an overseas trip. He told them he wanted to visit Israel, to visit Dana and "see if there was anything more than friendship there," said his mother, Maureen Stern, Thursday. He returned home with a surprise: Dana. The two were married in the US a year later in a civil ceremony, and then under a huppa in Herzliya Pituah in 1996. The couple returned to America, where they lived for 11 years and raised two daughters, Mika, 6, and Zoe, 5. That is, until Thursday, when the Stern family made aliya. The plan to live in Ramat Gan. "I've been waiting 11 years for this moment," said Dana at the Nefesh B'Nefesh arrival ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport. She said that "especially for my children, I'm beside myself that they will be here, surrounded by their family, as a long-term thing."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Supreme Court President Asher Grunis
August 28, 2014
Grapevine: September significance


Cookie Settings