Aliyah is the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the land of Israel
(Eretz Yisrael). The concept of Aliyah (return) to the Holy Land was first
developed in Jewish history during the Babylonian exile. During the Jewish
diaspora, Aliyah was developed as a national aspiration for the Jewish
people, although it was not usually fulfilled until the late nineteenth
century. Large-scale immigration to Palestine began in 1882.
Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, more than 3 million
Jews from over 90 countries have 'made Aliyah' and arrived in Israel.
About 350,000 people immigrated to Israel from
Romania. This is an excellent, yet quiet and
modest aliyah, which has contributed to the
building and the development of our country.
As we say in Romanian “ tace si face “ ( keeps
silent and DOES )
I am proud to belong to this Aliyah.
Every Aliyah brought its traditions, art,
cuisine, language, music. Each Aliyah
has had an important role and impact on
the development of the modern State of
"They have contributed here for sure
Great contribution in every field, in every area
I am sad to think how Israel would have looked like
without the “Romanians” "
(From "We,the Romanians“ by Yoel Rippel)
Meaning : Romanians who have immigrated to Israel
Joel Rippel is a lawyer, humorist, comedian and lyricist . In March 2014 he published a
humorous book "We, the Rumanians." Ripple wrote songs and skits for many entertainment
stars. He participated in many popular entertainment programs.
Rosh Pinna is a town located
in the Upper Galilee on the
eastern slopes of Mount
Kna'an in the Northern District
of Israel. The town was
founded in 1882 by thirty
families who immigrated from
Romania, making it one of the
oldest settlements in Israel.
Rosh Pinna was one of the
first modern Jewish
agricultural settlements in
history of the Land of Israel,
then part of the Turkish
Ottoman Empire. Rosh Pinna,
situated near the Arab village
of al-Ja'una,became the first
Jewish settlement in the Land
Zichron Ya'akov is a town in Israel, 35 kilometres south of Haifa, and part of the Haifa
It was founded in December 1882 by 100 Jewish pioneers from Romania.
In 1883, Baron Edmond James de Rothschild became the patron of the settlement.
Zichron was one of the first Jewish agricultural colonies to come under the wing of the Baron
(along with Rishon LeZion and Rosh Pinna), who renamed it in memory of his father, James
(Ya'akov) Mayer de Rothschild.
Aaron Aaronsohn – agronomist and botanist.
Aaron Aaronsohn botanically mapped Palestine and its surroundings and
became a leading expert on the subject. On his 1906 field trip to Mount
Hermon, he discovered Triticum dicoccoides (known as the "mother of
wheat"), an important find for agronomists and historians of human
Together with his assistant, Avshalom Feinberg, his sister and a few others
Aaronsohn organized, and was the head of Nili.***
*** Nili ( transliteration: Netzakh Yisrael Lo
Yishaker, translation: "The Eternity (GOD) of
Israel will not lie") was a Jewish espionage
network which assisted the United Kingdom in its
fight against the Ottoman Empire in Palestine
during World War I.
Prof.Chaim Sheba was notable for being the founder of Sheba Medical
He was one of the founders of the Tel Aviv University Medical School and
served as a Vice-President of that University. He also helped to establish
medical schools in Jerusalem and in Haifa.
In 1968, Sheba was awarded the Israel Prize in medicine.
Prof. Florella Magora is a former senior member of the
Department of Anesthesiology and Head of the Pain
Management Clinic, Hadassah University
She contributed to introduce and develop the interdisciplinary
approach in the treatment and study of pain and complications of
spasticity in Israel.
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Prof. Harden Ashkenazy - A world renowned neurosurgeon.
In 1947, he was among the illegal immigrants who tried unsuccessfully to reach Palestine aboard the ship
Pan York. He and the other immigrants were sent to Cyprus where the Hagana, having learned of his
presence, smuggled him off the island into Palestine.
By 1948, Dr. Harden Ashkenazy set up the neurosurgery department at Beilinson Hospital.
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After being denied to leave the communist Romania ,Prof.Ashkenazi could finally leave
Romania with the help of Theohari Georgescu, an important government minister.
He asked Harden : “ Tell me, Harden, why do you want to go to Palestine and give up
Harden replied, “ I want to be in my own country “
From the novel Raquela – A Woman of Israel by Ruth Gruber
Dr.Martin Kieselstein, a Holocaust survivor, doctor and artist .
In the concentration camp he decided to become a doctor in order to help those
who had been in the camps. He worked at the Bikur Holim hospital in
Jerusalem and was rewarded with the "Yakir Jerusalem" (Worthy citizen of
Jerusalem) by Teddy Kolek for his
extraordinary service to his elderly patients.
In his art – sculptures - he deals with different aspects of the Holocaust.
Phone: Fax: E-Mail:
Prof.Emeric Lax, a Holocaust survivor , professor emeritus of Radiology .
At Hadassah -Ein- Karem he founded the mammography unit. He was
considered among the best specialists in mammography in Israel. Prof. Lax
raised generations of specialists. In 2005 he was awarded the honorary degree
for clinical work and teaching in Hadassah.
Prof.Zvi Laron is a paediatric endocrinologist, a professor emeritus at Tel
In 1966, he described the type of dwarfism later called Laron syndrome. His
research opened the way to the treatment of many cases of growth hormone
disorders and of juvenile diabetes.
Prof. Zvi Laron has been awarded The Israel Prize (the country’s highest
honor) for Medical Research in 2009.
Uzia Galil is considered to be the founder of the Israeli hi-tech
He started a small electronics business called Elron which has been
one of the pillars of the Israeli economy and its high-tech “miracle.”
A spin-off from Elron – Elbit Systems – built one of the earliest
In 1972 another spin-off – Elscint, which produced medical devices .
The company developed medical imaging equipment, such as MRI and
The Dead Sea
Bruno Landesberg is one of Israel's most prominent
and influential industrialists. He is the founder,
General Manager and Chairman of Sano-Bruno's
Enterprises Ltd., a manufacturer of cleaning
products in Israel and the world.
The Negev memorial monument in Beersheva
Prof.Ben Zvi Gutman – a Holocaust survivor and an
When he immigrated to Israel, Isaac Ben Zvi Gutman joined the
aerospace industry, where he contributed to the establishment of
aeronautical engineering, and the development and execution of
projects both in civil and military aviation.
In 1981, after managing the European office of Aerospace
Industry in Paris, he was appointed deputy general manager of
IAI ((Israel Aerospace Industries )
Israel Prize laureate, Lia van Leer, the first lady of the Israeli film
industry, is also a pioneer in the field of art film programming and
film archiving in Israel. She is the founder of the Haifa
Cinematheque, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, the Israel Film Archive
and the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Angelica Rozeanu was one of the most successful female table tennis players in
the history of the sport.
Rozeanu was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.
Rozeanu was inducted into the International Table Tennis Federation Hall of Fame in
The Mediterranean Sea, Ashdod
Aharon Zeevi Farkash is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of security, military
and intelligence. He was the head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate (Aman) from 2002
General Farkash is Founder, Chairman and CEO of FST21 ltd a company of Advanced Security
After a long service in the army, Eli started to work in the Jewish Agency where he has fulfilled many important missions.
Among them, in Bucharest. In 1991 he was appointed to manage the Jewish Agency transfer station of immigrants from
the Former Soviet Union on their way to Israel.
In 2014, the Holocaust museum of the Jewish community of Maramures in general,and Sighet in particular, was opened in
the basement of Elie Wiesel’s house in Sighet. One of the “builders “ of this project was Eli, whose two brothers were among
those who perished in the Holocaust.
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Reuven Rubin was a painter and Israel's first ambassador to Romania.
He was one of the founders of the new Eretz-Yisrael style. His themes were the
folklore and people. Many of his paintings are about Jerusalem and the Galilee.
Marcel Iancu wasavisual artist and architect who
contributed to theearly development of theIsraeli art.
Heisalso well - known astheco-inventor of Dadaism. (new
waysof experimenting with abstract sight and thought).
After 1953 hiswork centered on theestablishment of Ein Hod,
an art colony.
Nahum Gutman , painter and sculptor helped pioneer a distinctive Israeli style,
moving away from the European influences of his teachers. He worked in many
different materials: oils, watercolors, gouache and pen and ink.
Gutman was also a well-known writer and illustrator of children's books.
1978: Israel Prize, for children's literature.
Gabi Sadeh regularly sings in major opera houses including
Stuttgart, Seattle, Rome, Hamburg, Berlin, Barcelona, Zurich,
Milan, Torino, the Vienna Staatsoper and others.
His sister, Sandra Sadeh is a very well known actress.
Holocaust survivor and actress
In 1986 Miriam Zohar was awarded the Israel Prize for her
noteworthy achievements as an outstanding actor.
She was one of the 14 women who lit the torches at the 2014
official Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem.
Yaakov (Yankale) Bodo is an actor and comedian notable for numerous Israeli film
appearances, for his years in theater, and for his work in the Yiddish language theater in particular.
Bodo received the Israeli Theater Award lifetime achievement award, the Edith and Israel Pollack
Award, and the Lerner Yiddish Foundation Award.
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Lia Koenig,actress.She was born in Poland,but moved to Romania
when she was a baby. She immigrated to Israel in 1961. Lia Koenig
has performed at the Habimah theater without a break for more than
fifty years. In 1986 she was awarded the Israel Prize for her
distinguished achievements as an outstanding actor.
In 1999 she was awarded the Israel Theater Prize for her life’s work.
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Andrei Călăraşu was born as Bernard Grupper.
Holocaust survivor, famous theatre and film director both in Romania
In 1965, Andrei immigrated to Israel.
He began to work at the Beit Zvi School for the Performing Arts, where
he established the Film and Television track. He was a member of the
founding team of Israel Television. He worked in television and in
radio, for some 30 years, directing hundreds of programs.
Yossi Yonatan Carmon – Holocaust survivor, dancer, choreographer,
founder and director of the dance ensemble Karmon.
He was asked to establish the national folk dance group which was selected
to represent the country in Europe, and he was appointed the artistic
Yossi was the artistic advisor of the Olympia in Paris and worked there for
In 1988, the annual Karmiel Dance Festival was founded. Carmon served as
artistic director of the festival from the first festival until 2000.
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Mendi Rodan served as musical director of the Israel Sinfonietta in Beersheba for 14
Then he was the music director and conductor of the National Orchestra of Belgium ,the
artistic director of the Orchestra of the Education Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces, a
conducting fellow with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the music director and principal
conductor of the Rishon Lezion Symphony Orchestra.
In 2006, Rodan was awarded the Israel Prize for music.
Baldi Olier is a guitarist, composer and musical arranger . His
style includes flamenco, ladino, gypsy music combined with
Mediterranean motifs. He created different musical ensembles ,
based on his works and his style. His performances have had
great success both in Israel and abroad.
Peter Wertheimer - Saxophonist, clarinetist,
flutist – a wind instrument virtuoso.
Nancy Brandes is a conductor, arranger, composer and
In Romania he is known as the founding member of the Red and
Immigrated to Israel in the mid 1970s, he collaborated with artists
such as Ofra Haza , Zohar Argov, Avi Toledano, Yair Nitzan,
Mirel Reznik and many more.
Mirel Reznik is a well known violinist . His repertoire includes
different musical styles, from Jewish music to classical, as well as
music from various cultures around the world, such as Hungarian,
Romanian and Gypsy.
The way he plays Enescu’s " Ciocarlia “ ( Skylark ) is amazing !
Mirel was among the founders of the Safed Klezmer Festival, and has
participated as the leading artist for many years.
He is well known both in Israel and abroad,
Baldi Olier & Mirel Reznik play "Ciocarlia" in Israel TV show, 1990
הרומנים אנחנו – ריפל יואל
Natan Natanzon&Ziva Avivi ( Hebrew )
Maya Morgenstein ( Romanian)
Photos : the background photos - personal
The others - from the net – copyright to their
Info : Wikipedia and net
Music : Atur Mitzchech - Arik Einstein
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