• One hundred and thirty Ukrainian Jewish men, women and children arriving in their Homeland Israel on September 14, 2021 | Photo : JAFI
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Welcome Home! – First Home Update

Valeria Zakharova - 12 October 2021

In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one. Isaiah 27:12

Seven families from Ukraine brought to Israel with the special Christians for Israel flight on 14th September 2021 had already overcome their quarantine and were hosted in different kibbutzim in their First Home in the Homeland in the North and South. Kibbutz coordinators gave them their warm and friendly welcome as they always do.

Have a look at how the families are living now.

“…Preparing for the very intensive ulpan…”

The Kramarenkos from Odessa have been planning aliyah for several years and now thanks to your support they are at home in kibbutz Revivim! Amina has already made new friends, Pavel and Anzhelika are preparing for the very intensive ulpan.

With coordinator Yana Baranovsky in kibbutz Revivim | Photo: JAFI


Amina Kramarenko and her new Revivim friends are celebrating her first birthday in Israel | Photo: JAFI

“Making aliyah from Kharkov and still can’t believe they did it…”

Another family from the South of Israel is Andrei Gerasimov and his wife Yulia Greshnova. They made aliyah from Kharkov and still can’t believe they did it. They are very happy about their new dwelling and feel at ease in Mashabei Sade.


Andrei Gerasimov is testing his new transport in kibbutz Mashabei Sade… Photo: JAFI

… while his wife Yulia is exploring kibbutz and local flora | Photo: JAFI


With the director of First home in the Homeland program Elena Kovarsky in kibbutz Mashabei Sade where she has lived for 30 years | Photo: JAFI

Vladislav Minyailovskii, his wife Valentina and their daughter Alisa are also enjoying their new life but in the North, where in Jordan Valley their kibbutz Beit Zera is located. Coordinator Natalia supports them and helps them make their first steps in Israel.

The family has already received all the documents and have been added to their policlinic Clalit. In the photo left together with their coordinator Natalia Volovich | Photo: JAFI



The Rudik family in kibbutz Ashdot Yakov Meuhad | Photo: JAFI

Natalia Volovich also accommodated the Rudik family in kibbutz Ashdot Yakov Meuhad. They have fallen in love with that place at first sight. They enjoy nature, their flat and socializing with their new neighbors. The Rudik family is quickly getting used to their new home in kibbutz Ashdot Yakov under Natalia’s supervision. And being cared for in this way matters much for them.

Egor Pismichenko made aliyah after his brother’s and sister’s. He is very proud of being a Jew. Therefore, his wife Alena and their daughters Angelina and Emilia are following him on this path. They have started their new life in Israel in kibbutz Merhavia, the very place where Egor’s brother lived.

Egor and Alena Pismichenko with their coordinator Anna Shtayer in kibbutz Merhavia | Photo: JAFI


The Pismichenko family in kibbutz Merhavia | Photo: JAFI


Angelina Pismichenko is celebrating her 13th  birthday… | Photo: JAFI

… in kibbutz Merhavia | Photo: JAFI













Yurii Dzyubanii and his wife Lyudmila have made aliyah with their daughters Olga and Vera from Odessa and now they also live in kibbutz Merhavia.


Yurii, Lyudmila, Olga and Vera in their new flat in kibbutz Merhavia | Photo: JAFI

Alena Goncharova has been waiting for this day since her childhood. She met her uncle in Israel to her grandfather’s desire. Their meeting took place in Hinanit in the North of Holy Land.

The lucky moment of their meeting in Hananit was captured on this photo | Photo: JAFI


Alena with her husband, their children and relatives walking around Hinanit | Photo: JAFI

Thanks to you the stories like these have been coming true, already for 25 years!

Please support the “First Home in the Homeland” Project. Any amount is welcome! Assisting a family in the “First Home” program costs € 230 euro / US $ 250 a month.

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