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Faces of Israel: Yonit Schiller

  • Where are you from?

Born in Tzfat but raised in Buffalo, New York.

 

  • Why did you or your parents make aliyah?

In the 70s, shortly after their marriage, my parents made aliyah because they believed in contributing to the destiny of the Jewish people. Twelve years later, the recession in the 80s caused my parents to leave, but they continued to inculcate those same values in me. I made aliyah because- very simply- this is home

 

  • What do you do professionally in Israel?

I am living my dream by working both as a professional photographer and tour guide. Please check out my website: www.yonitschiller.com

  • When is the last time you voted?

2012

  • What do you feel about the state of the US-Israel relationship?

Despite both of these democratic countries’ measure of friendship and alliance over the past six decades, U.S.- Israel relations are tangibly strained today.This is unfortunate, as we’ve been historic allies since the inception of the State of Israel: The United States was the first country to recognize Israel’s existence. Eleven minutes after David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel’s independence in 1948, U.S. President Harry Truman placed a call to officially congratulate the newly-found Jewish State.

  • Why do you feel it is important to vote?

I believe Gandhi got it right when he said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Sometimes, bringing about a change begins with a vote.

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