'I Felt Something Was Missing'

Aviva Leidner and Deenah Katz, who made aliyah with Nefesh B'Nefesh, explain why they wanted to live in Israel.

Yoni Kempinski ,

Aviva Leidner and family
Aviva Leidner and family
Shahar Azran

Arutz Sheva continues its series of videos accompanying the olim who arrived in Israel on the July 2015 Nefesh B’Nefesh Summer Flight.

This time we meet up with Aviva Leidner, a 22-year-old from Spring Valley, New York, and Deenah Katz, a 25-year-old from the city of New York.

Both Leidner, who is a mechanical engineer and Katz, who is an occupational therapist, hope to continue their studies in Israel.

“I went to a seminary four years ago, and I spent 10 months in Israel learning,” recalled Leidner. “Before that I had never been to Israel. I thought Yom Ha’atzmaut meant we ate cookies from the bakery. It sounds cheesy to say I fell in love with it, but I love the pushy culture [in Israel]. There’s something very sincere and genuine about the fact that people say and ask for what they want.”

Katz told Arutz Sheva that she decided she wanted to live in Israel about seven years ago, but chose to finish her education in the United States first.

“I felt like there was something missing [not living in Israel],” she added.