Bonnie Eshel is a Berkshires Ramahnik who made aliyah in 1991. She wrote to Ramah about her experience and decision to make aliyah.
After spending 1 month here in WUJS I knew I was home – no more to add after that!! I was exposed to Israel far more than what I would have been otherwise – but the real convincing factor was living here. When you’re a student or a tourist you don’t get enough of a feel for what the country is really about. Though Ramah Hebrew didn’t really prepare me for real Israeli life, my Israeli friends constantly are amazed at the things I know without having grown up here! I’m still in touch with many of my Ramah friends (and a few in Israel as well).