No Oleh Alone For The Holidays
It’s hard enough being a new immigrant to Israel but for many Olim, with no family in Israel, the holidays can be a time of extra stress with the feeling of loneliness and no- where to celebrate. That’s why we created “No Oleh Alone” for Rosh Hashanah and Pesach, where Olim are personally placed with warm embracing Israeli host families. From ultra-Orthodox Chasidim to totally secular vegetarian celebrations, we have placed over 1500 Olim in this program - many of whom have developed lasting friendships. About 40% of the participants are Russian/Ukrainian Olim, and for about 30% of them, this was their first time celebrating any Jewish holiday.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. If I am not religious or I am non halachally Jewish may I participate?
A. Yes of course. We provide a home for every Oleh that needs one according to their needs. We find a loving space for everyone to participate.
Q. Can I get a home in a different city and have overnight accomodations?
A. Yes, we pair people up based on your needs and our people are very accomodating
Q. I am religious and require a home equal to my religious observance, is that possible?
A. Yes, very. Again you specify what you need and we will make it happen.
Q. What if I have special dietary needs?
A. We talk to the hosts and match you up accordingly. Your needs will be meet
Hi LiamiI had a fantastic time at the seder with the family in Hoshaya thanks!
hey! it was perfect! Amazing seder! It was the best seder ever in my life! Thank you that you've found such a good place for me
Anne Pollard It was a great seder Liami; awesome company, delicious food and beautiful energy! xo
Adriane Rivka Wolfson Bernstein Anne wonderful meeting you. You are awesome
Liami, we had a great seder -- Thanks for sending those new olim our way!
It was absolutely lovely family and Seder! Thank you so much again and Chag Sameach!
Vanessa Coriat I enjoyed it SO much that everyone in my office wanted to join me by just telling about it today
Millones de gracias really!!!
loved our guests. thanks so much for putting this program together!
Cecilia Budeev Dahari We had a great time.
Hani Skutch we did too. thanks for joining us. hope to do it again soon!
Adriane Rivka Wolfson Bernstein We had a wonderful and very lively Sedar. Liami Lawrence, Anne Pollard and Valentine Iakhnina it was wonderful hosting you, and hope to see you all very soon. In the pic are two of my 5 grand delights.
Jose ShwadskyThanks Liami Lawrence thanks of you I didn't spend alone Rosh Hashana, and also I appreciated very much Galia and Joe Berry who's hosted me and were so friendly, nice and incredible dinner, also the Beth knesset and Yishuv Moreshet incredible. That was an unforgettable evening for me and an incredible way to start the new year!
Cesare Perugia Hi, due myself and my family arrived to our host that moed yet was, to respect the family, and another guest i haven't get pictures. Anyway our experience have been great. When i spoke with the family, some days before, i have been adviced that the house wasn't big, it was true, anyway, my family have found a family with a BIG BIG heart. Realy, this have been our first rosh ha shana without our families, but we haven't be alone. Thank you for all.. Cesare and family
Sara Manjari Porat Just got back from my "No oleh alone" dinner. I just want to say thanks again to Liami for organising this! And of course thanks to my hosts Yoni and Ditzah! I had a wonderful evening and met wonderful new friends. So greatfull ?
Ilana Eberson Thanks to this wonderful group for all the work you do to help people find families to join for the holidays. I really appreciate being set up with a lovely family for Rosh Hashana meals. Thank you and keep up the great work. .
Natalie Rivlin Amazing job. Well to all the matchers and matchees
Colleen Lurie Bamberger Way to go Liami, wishing you all at KEEP OLIM a Shana tova tikateivu vetichateumu. May Hashem bless you and us with health, parnassa, happiness and many lasting friendships. A good job well done.
Sharon Levi Frid Liami Lawrence you are not less than an angel thanks for all this effort it's amazing
Melissa Dubinsky As brand new olim chadoshim fortunate enough to have received direct invitations, we have watched with amazement Liami and his team start with a simple declaration that no olim would be alone this Rosh Hashanah, and turn it into complete reality. What a metaphor for the ability of my new country brothers and sisters to accomplish whatever we can dream to do. L'Shana tova to all.
Leah Rachelle Berman Unbelievable! Phenomenal! Fantastic! You guys are the best!!!!!!!!!!
Racheli Rubin Wow, yashar yochachem, such an amazing initiative, thank you for doing it!
Malka Levine Liami, I am so absolutely touched by what Keeping Olim has done with this campaign. Practically tears in my eyes now when after reading Daniella's post last night, you found a place for her and her daughter. Have you any idea what kind of merits you and all who helped have accumulated with this in Shomayim? If Moshiach comes on Rosh HaShanah (why not before?), I won't be surprised if it is this great mitzvah that tipped the scales in our favor. I wish you and all who helped with this, including those who opened their homes and hearts to receive guests, and those guests who took the difficult step of reaching out to you a kesiva v chasima tovah!
Daniella Moss Its the first time any one has ever done this for us. I am very touched.
Alejandra Salmon Suarez I wish this project was in the whole world! There is many Jewish people living in remote places who don't have a community to go. We are one of them celebrating only four of us with plenty of room in our table in a remote place in the UK! Shana Tova u Metuka! Rosh Hashanah Sameaj Le culam! Keep the go work, Congratulations To you Liami and all the people who work to make that amazing page possible! <3
Chaya Gold You are setting a serious example of walking the walk, not just talking. This is true love and an example of a good Jew.
Pnina Caplan You are remarkable. Thank you for all you have done for so many. May Hashem inscribe you for a sweet new year.
Eliran Sharabi You guys are amazing! We're so proud that some of the Technion students and their families were able to participate (both as hosts and guests). Shanah Tovah!
דניאל סנטר Thanks me and my service dog thank you
Leslie Strassberg Liami to you and your group a very healthy & happy New Year! G-d bless you for your hard work in getting Olims and hosts together!
Tzina Nechumah Yesher Koach to the Keep Olim team. :)
Natacha Correa I also had a amazing dinner last night! Thank you! Shana Tova u'metuka!
Sue Liberman I also had an AMAZIng dinner with the Kemp family in Nahariyah!!! THANKS SO MUCH TO KEEPOLIM!! AND LIAMI!!
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