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From NJ to the Galilee: the Marmours Makes Aliyah

Marmour family of Maplewood, NJ, makes aliyah as part of Nefesh B’Nefesh’s ‘Go North' program.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/19/2012, 6:06 PM

The Marmours
The Marmours
David Suskauer, courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh

David Marmour, 49, his wife Sharon, 41, and their five children, aged between 5 and 15 years old, are making aliyah to Israel today on a Nefesh B’Nefesh group flight in cooperation with Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The Marmour family, from Maplewood, New Jersey, is making aliyah as part of Nefesh B’Nefesh’s ‘Go North Program’, a program that encourages olim to settle in northern Israel.

“We decided to move to the North of Israel because it is similar to the Northeast of the United States – the environment, the climate, the greenery, I always knew it was a place where I would be happy,” said Sharon Marmour. “We also wanted to be somewhere where our kids could walk to their friends’ houses, ride bikes and be in a community of like-minded people.”

The Marmours will move to Mitzpe Netofa, a small community in the North known for its strong communal bonds and breathtaking landscape. The move to Northern Israel will be a dream come true for the family.

The Nefesh B’Nefesh ‘Go North Program’ helps North American and British Olim make aliyah to Northern Israel. 'Go North' provides individual assistance specifically geared to make the Aliyah and absorption experience more successful, in the form of ongoing employment assistance, social programming and close contact with local Go North staff. These services are designed to ease the transition into the communities in the North by creating conditions for seamless professional and social integration. The Program extends to the Upper and Lower Galilee, Golan Heights, Jezreel Valley and Upper Jordan Valley.

Founded in 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel, is dedicated to revitalizing aliyah from North America and the UK by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of aliyah. The support and comprehensive social services provided by Nefesh B'Nefesh to over 30,000 newcomers, has ensured that 97% of its Olim have remained in Israel.