My Livnot Experience: Ariel Lishinsky

11425322_10204652055727648_500950137_n By: Dave Young, Onward Israel/Livnot U’Lehibanot Intern June 10, 2015 Today I had the opportunity to sit down with fellow Livnot chevre Ariel Lishinsky and learn a little bit more about her transition to Israel and how Livnot has impacted her life. “Today is June 10, my one-month anniversary from making Aliyah. It’s been a long and exciting journey so far. Moving hasn’t always been easy, but at least my dad’s side of the family lives here and is helping to ease my transition. I got to experience my first wedding in Israel recently, which was truly a blessing. My cousin got married and it was amazing to be there for my family. I look forward to spending more time with my family in my new home.” 11121114_10204652055407640_483536788_n“I finally feel like I’m at peace. It feels amazing to be in a country that really is one big family. I’m making new friends, talking to people, and enjoying my new life. I have a few more months to go and my journey is just beginning.” “I just did a one week program with Livnot and it was breathtaking. I truly believe it helped me transition to Israel smoothly. We got to experience the Galilee in an amazing way. We got to watch glassblowing and go hiking. We even got to see a waterfall and jump in the water. We talked about radical amazement and how to approach life with a different perspective. I think about every single bite when I eat now. It’s all very spiritual. At Livnot, you get to experience so many new things in just one week. You get close to so many people. My Jewish values grew connected and I’m a little different— and I couldn’t be happier.”11637843_10204652023366839_940650291_n To celebrate Ariel’s spiritual journey, we decided to get one of her favorite spiritual foods: falafel. Here’s to Ariel, and wishing her all the best on her amazing journey. If you’re a former, current, or future Livnot chevre who wants to share your story, please contact [email protected]

Meir Paltiel
Meir Paltiel
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Originally from Syracuse, NY, Meir received his BA in American History and Political Science from Tulane University and his MS in Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He arrived in Israel in 1992, served in the Nahal Infantry Unit before moving to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. On Kibbutz, Meir was Assistant Manager of the... Read More