Thursday, September 10th, 2009
On her second day in Israel, Adi Cydulkin was spending quality time with family and friends in Haifa. But unlike her fellow Nefesh B’Nefesh olim, Adi still had the Israeli bureaucracy to contend with.
“I actually still have a lot to do,” she said on Wednesday, recalling the long wait at Ben Gurion for her identity papers, health insurance plan and aliyah stipend from the Absorption Ministry that proved in vain. “I sat around waiting after the ceremony at the Absorption office, but when they called me they told me I didn’t get anything and I would have to go do it on my own. I walked out of there empty-handed.”
What Adiher apart from 203 others is her status as a toshav chozer (she lived in Israel and returned to America as a child). A Nefesh B’Nefesh spokeswoman said she was looking into Adi’s case to see what was holding up the process.
Adi is exploring whether she can take care of the remaining paperwork in Tel Aviv, or whether to schedule a trip to Jerusalem this week . Despite it all, she was upbeat. “I’m not looking forward to it, but it’s just another thing I have to do. It would be nice if everything was smoother, but the past is the past.”
Her advice to other olim who face a similar predicament: “Try and be as patient as possible and get as much information ahead of time.”