The exchange game

Scenes from the lives of Olim.

By ALIYA BENITA LEVIN
February 21, 2018 17:02
3 minute read.
Israeli schnitzel with pasta

Israeli schnitzel with pasta. (photo credit: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/AVIAD BUBLIL)

 
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TWO WOMEN are sitting at a table in a coffee shop in Ra’anana. The one made aliya from South Africa a year ago, the other arrived from Iran in the 1950s. They are sharing stories about their new start – the younger woman is describing how her two children are adapting to their new life in the beautiful city, with tall trees, parks and colorful flowers planted along the pavements. The second woman relates how she and her family stayed in tents in Beersheba when she first arrived decades ago – and how today her many grandchildren are thriving in this country.

So how did these two very different women, at very different stages in their lives, find themselves confiding in each other about the different paths in their lives? It’s all thanks to an exchange program in Israel, one that I have found to be brilliant and enlightening.

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