Connection Between Senior Citizens’ Month in Israel and Our 30th Anniversary of Aliya…..

Exactly 30 years ago on a rainy 9th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvon(11/11/86) we arrived in Israel with 3 children, ages 4, 2, and 10 months After spending almost 2 years in the Mevatzeret Zion Absorption Center, we moved with a 4th child of 5 months to Betel where my husband Herby started his now famous bakery(Herby’s Bake Shop). To gain Israeli experience in the field of Gerontology which I had studied, I volunteered in the Melabev Senior Center(especially for those with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia’s) eventually becoming a counselor there as well as opening a Seniors’ group in Betel.

Now 30 years later with 6 wonderful children, 14 plus grandchildren, we are ourselves “seniors”….Herby works as hard as ever at his job(which he loves). It began as a hobby in Memphis where he was a lawyer. He realized his dream of opening a successful bakery in Israel providing “American” products popular in many of the Anglo communities which now exist in Israel. I as a “pensioner” am enjoying my senior life volunteering, helping with grandchildren, having reunions with good “old” friends and doing a bit of work at the bakery and geriatric counselling which I love.

The idea of making Aliya(moving to Israel)  as well as Aging can be a bit frightening….We are examples of being very thankful to have raised a wonderful family in our land; thankful to have reached an age and stage in life when we can relax a bit, enjoy the “fruits” of our labor, continue to learn and grow by the many cultural and learning opportunities which exist.

It is especially meaningful that we moved to Israel right after the “Chagim”(High Holidays) in order to spend them with family. We arrived just before a Shabbat when the Torah portion of “Lech Lecha” was read just as it is now…We are grateful to have followed in the footsteps of the first “Oleh”, our father Abraham whose challenge of leaving his land, family and birthplace is felt by us “olim”…The “end” surely justifies the means of the “challenges” involved in both the physical aspects of Aging or Aliya as well as the spiritual well being which is felt by being in our land as well as “growing older and wiser”….

Debbie Dan

Geriatric Consultant for Elderly Parents, Adult Children & Olim

Guidance about Living Options, & Community Resources

A Helping Hand with Debbie Dan

Israeli Cell: 052-391-9328

American Phone 347-448-4177



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