From the Lower East Side to the Middle East: Telling the Story of Aliyah on Facebook

In June, Cheryl Nayowitz posted on Facebook this photo of the word "Isreal" (sic) scrawled in the concrete sidewalk outside her son's yeshiva on the Lower East Side. In the post, she announced her intentions to move to Israel, to make her Aliyah. Photo courtesy Cheryl Nayowitz.

For the Nayowitz family, who immigrated to Israel (Aliyah) in July 2012, Facebook has been a way to share their journey with friends and family in the United States.

In early June, Cheryl, 31, posted a picture on Facebook of the word “Isreal” (sic) scrawled into the concrete sidewalk outside her son’s yeshiva on the Lower East Side. In the post, she announced her intentions to leave: “We are hoping to live there indefinitely as long as we can make it happen, as of now we don’t have jobs, taking savings and a major leap in faith, it’s the right time for our kids… It’s very bitter sweet, so exciting yet daunting and overwhelming.”

Click below to see photos that tell the story of the Nayowitz family’s journey to Israel:

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