Jillian, USA

June 22, 2011


I am a United States Jewish Citizen. I am 25 years old, studying near Philadelphia. I am studying Sociology and Urban Studies at a nearby college. I am really into the arts, meditation, and helping others. I am interested in learning about Israel since I believe I want to take the step to move there in another year.

Since I am 25 years old, if I decide to move to Israel when I am 26 years old, would it be a requirement to be in Israeli army?

I am planning on visiting my cousins in Haifa. Would it be possible for me to meet other Jewish young people before I make the trip?

How is Israel doing? The Americans seem to lean towards Israel. Yet, some do dispise Israelis. I am all for Israel. How is your daily life?

Jillian (that’s a girl’s name, right?),

I did some research, and from what I found out, women who move to Israel (make “Aliyah”) after the age of 20, are not required to serve in the IDF (if you moved to Israel before the age of 20, and you’re not married, you are required to serve for 24 months).

As for meeting young Jewish people, I don’t really know how I would be able to assist. Maybe you can try contacting the Jewish Community Center in Philadelphia (www.jewishphilly.org).

And for your final question: Israel is doing o.k, I guess. We could be doing much worst, or much better for that matter. As for now, we’re taking it one day at a time.

I’m glad you are “all for Israel”, all though I don’t really know what that means. I mean, I’m an Israeli and I’m all for Israel as well, but sometimes I disagree with our leader’s choices and I don’t think we should support them blindly.

My daily life is just like yours, only my weekend is on Friday-Saturday and not Saturday-Sunday. I wake up, brush my teeth and go to work. After that I come home. You know, as for now, I’m taking it one day at a time.


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