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A fascinating journey through half a century of aliya.

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March 17, 2016 18:50
Aliya

David Herman met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2014 to sing a tribute to his brother the late Yonatan Netanyahu. (photo credit: Courtesy)

On February 27, 1966, David Herman and his wife, Valerie, made aliya – encouraged, he says, “by my late parents, Reuven Guy and Rachel Leah Herman, who themselves made aliya in 1969” – to the Bet Giora Absorption Center in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood.

Shortly after, they moved into an apartment on the newly named Avraham Stern Street in Jerusalem, “we little foresaw the transformation that was about to be wrought for Israel, for the Jewish people, and the map of the Middle East by the miraculous, momentous events of the Six Day War,” Herman says.

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