About the Author

Jesssica Fishman

Jesssica Fishman

Check out my new book!

Born and raised in a calm and serene suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, I decided that a move to one of the world’s most conflict-ridden and history-filled cities, Jerusalem, Israel, would be an interesting change of pace. After living over five years in this stressful, unpredictable and exceptional country, I have encountered many comical, peculiar and frustrating challenges. Throughout these years, I have learned that the only way to survive in Israel is to learn how to laugh at yourself. I have created this blog to help other Olim and potential Olim to learn how to laugh, if not at there experiences, at least at mine.

This blog is dedicated to my friends and family that have helped support me throughout my Aliyah process and have helped me achieve a successful, but bizarre, Aliyah. Thanks for laughing with me (and sometimes at me) along the way!

Please check out my recently published book – Chutzpah & High Heels: The Search for Love & Identity in The Holy Land



  1. Hi Jessica, I just received a mail indicating about your site,
    Well I can tell you it’s great that someone took the time to write about what a real Aliyah means,
    without knowing you yet, I can tell you I am Proud of your work, I know you are just starting since not all the pages are complete, but is a GREAT JOB!!!!

    I wish to share something very personal, this also had helped me since the began, just when I decided to make Aliya,, Dont Believe what they promise, Dont Make Espectations about what you can get here,
    and this really helps.
    To all those Olim Hadashim, all that you make based on your work is what you get, The Israeli Government helps to us to start our lives, but I said well is only a Help, they cant solve all our problems,
    and if we wish to help this government to keep building this wonderfull place, the best we can do is, to be greatfull working to make our lives better without dependancy.

    Well that’s the best I can share to anyone, I did aliyah on December 2nd 2007, just some months ago, the first word that everyone tryed to teach me was SABLANUT,, (Patience) even though not all israelies are armored with it, but be Patience and with some wisdom and good luck you will succeed in this Beautiful country.

    Have a Great day to all!

  2. Thank you Jessica, for this lovely (and hysterically funny) blog. I love your writing and look forward to more!

  3. Hi Jessica,

    Thank you (Oops! Sorry – damn. Your right, this politeness thing IS endemic!) for putting in the time to start this blog. At 40, I am giving serious consideration to making Aliyah. After having visited Israel twice these past two years, I share what evidently are some mutual feelings about the US relative to what I experienced in Israel.

    I look forward to the additions to your blog. I’m attempting to learn as much as I can from other’s experiences.

  4. Love what you are doing with your blog!

    GReat progress!

    I send some friends from US who wants to get inspired from Israel

    to your blog! hope they will like it!

    Tzook Bar

  5. Shalom! I am really glad that I found your blog because it has been really helpful. I am currently in the process of applying for Aliyah and I am in the last stage: the interview with the shaliach. I was wondering if you could give me any useful tips about the interview? And what kind of questions do they ask? I really have no idea what to expect and I am really nervous! It’s in 2 weeks…Thanks!

    • It has been a really long time since I was asked those questions. Don’t be nervous. If I remember correctly, they are going to ask why you want to move to Israel, what your plans are once you get there, probably about your Jewish upbringing, etc. Good luck!

  6. jessica i am 65 a hippie and living on social security. i get 690 a month can i still get to aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh

    • You should try applying. I don’t think they have an age limit.

  7. Jessica,
    I have just come across your blog and am thinking about aliyah. However, at every turn it seems things seem so difficult and impossible that I am not sure where next to turn! ( Except a beer to calm the anxiety and fear it seems to consistently create;)) Do you have an email address I can email you at all? I have all but given up on it for now! haha

    • Hi Lucy,
      That is Israel for you! Everything is hard and difficult. You just have to decide if you are willing to deal with those difficulties to live in Israel.(Also, something much stronger than beer). 🙂

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