Arrivals: Time to come home

Nisenbaum is very proud that his daughter and son-in-law served in the Israeli army, and is happy that “Jews no longer need be on the run from their enemies."

By SUSAN DE LA FUENTE
March 28, 2019 14:46
4 minute read.
Arrivals: Time to come home

SMILING ON the roof of their rental flat, Jerusalem.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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While growing up in Los Angeles, Paul or Pesach Nisenbaum focused on Israel “as our homeland, our dream, our hope. I internalized it all: from praying in daily minyanim and after meals, to learning Bible, Mishna, and Gemara, to Israeli folk dancing, and to making hanukkiot.” After his marriage in 1985, he and his wife, Lida Baker couple visited the country many times.

Nisenbaum and his wife made aliyah in mid-2017 after he retired, and his elderly mother Faye died. But their daughter Galya preceded them. Some 10 years ago, the plucky 17-year-old came to Israel alone on a pre-army mechina program and stayed to serve in the army. After Galya’s service as an officer working with wounded soldiers and trauma victims, she volunteered to teach English in Ethiopia, then returned to study psychology. “She met her husband Rafi from Maryland on their lone soldier program at Kibbutz Be’erot Yitzhak,” Nisenbaum explains. “He was an army sharpshooter who recently completed his law degree at Bar-Ilan University.”

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