Rachel Neiman

#MazalTov“Leaving New Jersey to fulfill my lifelong dream of Aliyah (moving to Israel). 16 hours later, as an Israeli citizen, the cab dropped me off in front of my quarantine home. 14 days to contemplate my place in Jewish history. Feeling blessed to be able to live in our homeland. […]

“Walking slowly towards the end of the long, central hallway of the Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum I felt a sense of urgency.”

“After all this destruction my mind and heart decided I needed an answer before I could move on with my day, my trip, and my life. I tuned in more carefully to what the tour guide was saying. Every word she carefully articulated registered with me. I could feel her passion […]

“Sweaty, tired, aches and bruises. I stop to take a breath, a moment just to take it all in. It was just a few months ago that I was a “free man”, whatever that meant at the time.”

“The weather in Israel is beautiful and the beach is always a great place to enjoy it. However, in my scenario, take away the beach, add a uniform, a pair of red boots, a vest, body armor, and a weapon. I was training in the paratrooper unit, during the summer […]

“It was more than just an experience. It was the most liberating, most inspiring, and most jaw dropping moment of my entire life.”

“Going to the Kotel was always a dream of mine. It was never a reality. You hear about it during Yom Hazikaron, you hear about it during high school Zionism classes-but it’s not something tangible until you actually touch, smell, and feel it. During my summer 2016 Birthright Israel trip, […]