Shabbos Before the First Aliyah: A Mother’s Blessing to Her Children


Leaving and Returning,

From the familiar and safe to the unknown.

Though your presence here will be missed,

You are guided by an emunah,

A belief and faith that all will be good.

Idealistic and pure in love and devotion,

Ready to meet head on all challenges.

Praying they will be few and not too difficult.

Serving as an inspiration to all,

Knowing that your future is in the hands of Hashem,

In the land he promised to his people thousands of years ago.

To make it a reality today, tomorrow and forever.


Judith Hollander Davidovics, is a passionate Israeli Folk and Simcha Dancer, teacher and choreographer. She is married for 47 years, and is a proud and loving mother and grandmother. Several of her children and many grandchildren live in Israel. She has always had a passion for Israeli Dance. She and her husband actually met Israeli dancing at Earl Hall at Columbia University and performing at Felt Forum for the Israeli Folk Dance Festival She has taught dance for decades at shuls, schools, camps, hotels as well as private classes, and also has choreographed popular Simcha dances. She has served as past President many years ago of the Englewood Mikveh and was awarded the Eishes Chayal award by her synagogue sisterhood. Her other passions besides her family, dance, writing, Israel and anything Jewish, include swimming, where she has swam across the Hudson, the Kinneret and recently received first prize for swimming across the Atlantic from Tenafly NJ to Tel Aviv. (virtually, moving a marker as she swam each mile) Her works have been published in Ami Magazine, the Jewish Link, the Bergen Record, and many other publications.