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TZAFON-1 Weekly 1st day of Sivan, May 14, 2010

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They Made ‘Aliyah’

What made Shoshana & Alex Huber leave New York for Karmiel?

By Aliza Rosen Haberman

 

We are here because of the festival!

But not just the festival. 

Meet Shoshana & Alex Huber who made ‘Aliyah’ about two months ago, settled in Karmiel and are already part of the scene.

The couple, Alex & Shoshana Huber, arrived in Karmiel as new immigrants a few days before Passover.  Even though a short time passed, they became part of the dancing community and part of the Anglo-Saxon community of the city and it seems for a moment that they’ve been here forever.  They know everyone and everyone knows them.  Alex, who is a professional photographer, has already managed to photograph many events and is definitely a part of the social scene.

In reality, they are returning citizens.  Shoshana, born in Germany, arrived in Israel, with her family, as a baby in 1949 and here she grew up until the sixth grade when she moved with her family to live in New York.

Alex, Romanian born, arrived in Israel with his family to the Kfar-Saba transit camp and lived in the city until the year 1971, the year he finished his army service.   At the end of that year he left for New York where he was about to study photography.  In the end he studied computer sciences for his BA and later on completed his second degree, an MBA in finance.  The couple has an only child, Mickey, who remained in the USA.  He works in a Hi-Tech company and is also a gifted dancer.

After their son grew up, the couple decided to return to their old hobby – Dancing, Initially at a weekend dance camp and then regularly at dance sessions.  Shoshana was the first to look into the course for foreign dance instructors and thus became the first student to register in the first course given in Karmiel as part of the festival.  Later, she arrived here two more times, one of them with her son, Mickey.  Alex also saw that it was good and joined the course for two years in a row.  Upon completion of the first course, Shoshana started teaching Folk Dancing in summer camps and dance sessions.  Alex, on his part, decided to concentrate on photographing the dancing.

Throughout the years of living in New York, the Hubers arrived regularly for visits with family living in Israel.  Yet, when it came time to decide on returning, they chose Karmiel, the city they fell in love with during their visits to the dance festival and as they said, not only because of the dancing.

The Huber couple say “After the course for foreign dance instructors within the festival, we decided that Karmiel is best suited for us and not only because of the dancing.”  According to them the beauty of the city, the cleanliness, the people, old friends and those they met later, all helped make the decision easy.

Aaron Salomon, General Manager of the Festival, told Tzafon-1 “As soon as Alex arrived in the city, he appeared in the office and asked to volunteer at festival headquarters.  Without hesitation, as I know him and Shoshana, I was happy to have him join us.  I am sure that he has a lot to contribute and help.  In general, I’d like to note that I’m very proud of the connection between us and of the fact that the blessed activity of training foreign dance instructors that we are doing for ten years, served as a bridge on which they marched with confidence on their way to integrate with our lives here in the city.”

 

Aliza Rosen Haberman

Translation Alex Shoshana Huber

  Alex and shoshana

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