Eretz, Moledet; Fifty Years of Jewish Women's Aliyah From America, a Collective Autobiography (1967-2017)

eretzmoledet"Eretz, Moledet" tells the story of fifty years of Jewish girls and women who made aliyah from the United States to Israel between 1967 and 2017. Some were the daughters of American born parents, descendants of early American-Jewish immigrants or those who immigrated to American during the Great Wave of Immigration (1881-1914). Others were daughters of Holocaust survivors and later immigrants to the United States. Some were religious, others were traditional, and a third group was secular. Some had been raised as Zionists; others were only exposed to that concept as they grew older. Some had received a Jewish education, others an American secular one. Some knew Hebrew when they moved to Israel; others knew almost nothing of that language and had to begin learning it from scratch. Some had been to Israel on a number of visits before moving there; for others, moving there was actually their first trip to the country. All, however, had lived in America for much of their formative years and had absorbed some part of the American ethos. All had initially considered America to be their homeland. Some moved to Israel with their families as teenagers. Others were older and decided to move on their own. Some came while they were single; others were already married and some with families of their own. This book tells the story of a group of girls and young women who "made aliyah" between 1967 and 2017, charting their home lives and background, following the process of decision making, and describing and analyzing their immigration, absorption and assimilation into a new country and culture.