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The following is a true story of how Yad Ezra V’Shulamit recently made aliyah possible for one young woman, as told in her own words:

In August 2012 Chaim Papermaster, a fundraiser for Yad Ezra V’Shulamit, called me from Jerusalem, Israel. I was living and working in Dallas, Texas. He requested a donation for Yad Ezra V’Shulamit and then, out of the blue, he asked if I was interested in making aliyah. I said that of course I would love to but I can’t. He said, “Why not?” I told him that I would have to have a job and a place to live before I could make aliyah. I couldn’t just go. I didn’t have the money to do that.

Mr. Papermaster responded that Yad Ezra V’Shulamit has a lady who volunteers and finds jobs for people. Did I want him to ask her to add me to the list? I said, “Sure. Why not?” I didn’t have high expectations. Soon I got an email from Zara.

The employment service of Yad Ezra V’Shulamit matches qualified Jerusalem area residents with appropriate positions.

We have a wide range of reliable job seekers available with a variety of skills and work experience. Neither you nor the job seekers are charged for the use of our service.

​I responded and Zara asked me what I do. I told her I am a caregiver and a night nanny. Zara was not hopeful that she could find anything for me. She said that even if she found a job for me it was not likely that I could make a living in Israel doing what I do. I was not expecting much so I accepted that as my answer.

A couple weeks later Zara emailed me again. She just happened to be looking at a website that she doesn’t normally check. There was a family needing a live-in mother’s helper. For four hours of help in the evening I would receive room and board, as well as 200 shekel a month for bus fare. This sounded like it would work.

I did a couple of Skype interviews with the family and Nefesh B’nefesh expedited my aliyah process. The Jewish Agency stamped my application ‘URGENT’. I made aliyah on November 13, 2012, just three and a half months after Mr. Papermaster’s suggestion.

I must add that I left Dallas the morning after Shabbos Lech Lecha and I was in transit for TWO WEEKS from Dallas to Israel because of Hurricane Sandy. My Rabbi said that I must be doing a BIG mitzvah.

I am so very grateful for Mr. Papermaster’s insistence and help, and for Zara and her persistence in finding a place for me here. THANK YOU YAD EZRA V’SHULAMIT!

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