Danielle SheldonMeet a Nefesh B’Nefesh New Immigrant

Danielle Sheldon, 19 and a resident of Los Angeles, is smart. A UCSD graduate who double majored with a BA in both International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, she’s multilingual, and loves dancing and reading. Her future plans include graduate studies and after chatting with her for close to an hour, I am certain that Danielle can do whatever she sets her mind to. With her charm, wit and bubbly personality, Danielle’s options are virtually limitless. On August 18th, Danielle will join a plane load of North American immigrants headed to Israel to begin a new chapter in their lives.

Danielle’s move to Israel, where she plans on joining the IDF, getting an MA in Security and Counter Terrorism at Tel Aviv University and settling in Tel Aviv, seems to be the obvious culmination of a lifelong path. Her father, born in Israel, insisted on speaking Hebrew to Danielle and sending her to a Jewish Day School. Consequently, Danielle’s Hebrew language skills are pretty darn good (her Arabic’s not bad either!). She got further practice when she spent a summer semester at Tel Aviv University and leading a group of High School students on a trip to Israel. She’s a fan of Herzl, Jabotinsky and Ahad Ha’am’s poetry.

I know. That’s kind of whacky.

Danielle has also benefited from a broad coalition of supportive friends and family. While she doesn’t have very many relatives in Israel, her mother and stepfather are enrolling in Hebrew classes and looking to expand their computer related business to Israel so that they will have many opportunities to visit. Her friends are planning trips to Israel and one made her own boyfriend get a passport so that they could take a future trip together to visit Danielle. Nefesh B’Nefesh has also stepped up to the plate and offered advice, encouragement and financial assistance that Danielle described as nothing short of outstanding.

Needless to say, Danielle is psyched. We’ll talk to her some more on Monday but I for one am pleased as punch to see clearly talented and intelligent people with real choices choose to live in Israel – I am further pleased at the role played by Nefesh B’Nefesh in facilitating this process. Danielle’s no pie eyed idealist. She’s done her research, she knows making a life for herself will not be a cakewalk and yet? Here she comes! So if any of you have any questions you want me to ask Danielle, let me know.

Oh, just to nip it in the bud… yes boys. She is indeed single!

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.

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