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Jerusalem, Israel (PRWeb) December 16, 2006 -- "MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal" (, a first-of-its-kind book, highlights the good, the not-so-good and the crazy about making Aliyah to Israel. The story begins when Laura Ben-David, followed by reporters, photojournalists and TV newscasters, with their cameras rolling, packed up her bags, her family and her life to board the first Nefesh B'Nefesh plane and embark on her new life in Israel.

In addition to the "paparazzi," Ben-David herself began to write up the Aliya adventure in daily, humorous blogs. Laura Ben-David didn't know that Aliyah would be the most emotional, frustrating, moving and hilarious experience of her life. In the journal, the first year of her family's Aliyah is depicted in an entertaining format, complete with exciting photographs and a foreword by Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, executive director of Nefesh B'Nefesh.

Many have been following the Ben-David's narrative via email, vicariously enjoying the thrill of Aliyah or reliving their own experiences. Ben-David's stories are engrossing, appealing and highly enjoyable. Lauded for writing that is both deeply passionate and full of wit and humor, Ben-David has compiled the series of articles, anecdotes and blogs that she wrote covering the first year of her family's very public aliyah, into the exciting new book, "MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal." Shaul Goldstein, the Mayor of Gush Etzion, states, "This book is a must read. Laura's writing inspires others to make Israel their home. I truly admire her passion!"

Ben-David's readership grew from select family and friends to thousands in North America, Israel and even Europe, with many of her articles published in newspapers, websites and magazines worldwide. "MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal," Ben-David's first book, is a "must read" for anyone, whether they have lived in Israel for years, are in the Aliyah process now or just want a peek at life in Israel, beyond what is seen on CNN. Says Israel National News editor, Ezra HaLevi, "Laura gives a true insider's glimpse into American Aliyah -- a story of the revolutionary Jewish spirit." "MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal" is distributed by Ingram and Baker and Taylor and is available at and bookstores everywhere.

About the Author
Laura Ben-David ( moved to Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion when she made Aliyah to Israel with her family from Boca Raton, Florida. She started keeping an e-journal of her Aliyah the day the moving men stampeded into their home to forever change their lives. Her engaging anecdotal accounts are often funny, other times poignant, but always a joy to read. Laura is available to speak about Israel and Aliyah at your organization's events. She can be reached by e-mail.

ISBN: 965-7344-14-X
List: $16.95
Soft Cover
204 pages



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