Chana Aleksandra Gavrich | Masa Israel

Chana Aleksandra Gavrich
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My journey to Eretz Yisrael is, in a way, like returning home I searched all my life. I always knew in the back of my mind that it is waitings for me, but it was never the right time. Until I found Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin. 
I was born in Yugoslavia and grew up in a several different countries without ever changing territory. Eventually, it became Serbia. All my family, friends, and beautiful memories are there, but I always knew it was not my home. 
After finishing my graduate degree in Architecture, I continued my specialization in America and lived there for several years. I first lived in Los Angeles and then in New York; growing both spiritually and professionally. While away from my family, my Jewish community became like my family, and I made many new friends, but I always knew it was not my home. 
Three years ago, I discovered Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin and began to dream about the Judean Hills. Not only was B'erot a school where I could learn Torah and be in Eretz Yisrael, it was the very essence of the relationship between Torah and the Land. It was hard to leave everything: my job, my apartment, and my new community, but eventually, I decided to leave and come to Israel and Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin. Finally, I know - this is my home.