No Longer an Oleh Chadash 3 The Last Week in America (We arrive in Israel)

Our flight was scheduled to leave Sunday 7 September 2008. I retired from work on 31 August. My boss, Arny Young, had a small party for us in the office (he had Ricki and Joel come by cab for it), and had a cake made with a three dimensional map of Israel on it!

That following week was a complete blur. We had a house sale, completed packing, brought Joel to the airport (he had moved in with us for a few months to help us pack, etc. {without you, Joel, we would probably still be packing}), and finalized major details. During this time, we had done something which we hadn’t done since college (we graduated in 1965!) – we pulled two all-nighters in a row. From Wednesday morning, to Friday night, I had a total of three hours’ sleep. We slept the last several nights with our good friends Mike and Linda Gardner (thanks again guys).

On Shabbat, we sponsored a Kiddush for our minyan, and the shul gave us a beautiful gift of a picture of ברכת הבית.

clip_image002Sunday morning, we loaded our luggage into our friends Dan and Sarita Sragow’s car, and loaded us into Rabbi Sidney zt’l and Carol Applbaum’s car and left for the airport, where were met by Sue Taragin. Needless to say, there was a total balagan at the airport, and, after checking our luggage, we went to the departure area where there was a short ceremony and then we boarded the plane for our charter flight.

We got into our seats (business class seats but regular cabin service), buckled our seat belts and … went to sleep. We were awakened a number of hours later by the flight attendant as we were nearing Israel and needed to do some “paperwork” on a tablet computer. As we approached the airport, the entire planeload of olim began singing ושבו בנים.

We landed and passport control boarded our flight to process our visas.

The plane then pulled up to the old arrivals building, clip_image006and almost all olim began to deplane. Because of Ricki’s wheelchair, we needed to wait to be taken off in a special truck and brought to the arrival, clip_image004everyone, of course, waited for us. Click here to see our greeting!

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The ceremony at the airport was invigorating. It seems that the news of the day was a headline in the Jerusalem Post indicating that the police had decided to indict Ehud Olmert and there was a free newspaper on every seat with this headline. He was the featured speaker and we were asked on the plane not to boo him; we were told “respect the office even if you do not respect the man.” At the end, we sang the national anthem, the first time in my life that I had an anthem other than the Star Spangled Banner My other National Anthem. “Play ball”

We processed paperwork, got our cash in a plain white envelope (al la Olmert), picked up our luggage and were driven to Alan and Monica’s house. We were now Oleh Chadashim.

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4 thoughts on “No Longer an Oleh Chadash 3 The Last Week in America (We arrive in Israel)

  1. Larry, Ricki

    Wonderful to read, and very moving.

    We are all family back home at last.

    Best regards

    Ronnie

    In a free society, some are guilty – all are responsible.

    Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

  2. and we came sept. 4, 2007. doesn’t it feel like two years ago? i thank g-d daily that were here. home is good. wishing you a great shabbos, chaya From: Larryhaber’s Blog To: bressler1949@yahoo.com Sent: Thursday, August 6, 2015 11:05 PM Subject: [New post] No Longer an Oleh Chadash 3 The Last Week in America (We arrive in Israel) #yiv4887014064 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4887014064 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4887014064 a.yiv4887014064primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4887014064 a.yiv4887014064primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4887014064 a.yiv4887014064primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4887014064 a.yiv4887014064primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4887014064 WordPress.com | lghaber posted: “Our flight was scheduled to leave Sunday 7 September 2008. I retired from work on 31 August. My boss, Arny Young, had a small party for us in the office (he had Ricki and Joel come by cab for it), and had a cake made with a three dimensional map of Israel” | |

  3. What a pleasure that you came and that you came to be such good friends to so many of us. I look forward to reuniting with you in the not too distant future.

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