It is still a very small snowball indeed. But - it is growing. For the first time I read an aliyah story from the Goldene Medine where the economic motive is mentioned. It is BIG change.
Laurie and Martin Gates had toyed with Aliyah since 2005. As the U.S. economy started to slide in 2008, Martin, a chemist, had trouble finding work in his field. “Our friends tried to talk us out of it at first,” acknowledged Laurie. “But as the economy tanked people viewed it more positively,” she added. Martin, a tall affable man with a large smile, is optimistic. “I’m much more likely to find something in my field in Israel than in Skokie.”