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Granddaughter of Joe Lieberman makes aliyah

‘Why would I live anywhere else,’ Nesya Lieberman says of her decision to move to Israel

Nesya Lieberman (Nefesh B'Nefesh)
Nesya Lieberman (Nefesh B'Nefesh)

The daughter of former Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman has moved to Israel, an immigrant aid group said Tuesday.

Nefesh B’Nefesh said Nesya Lieberman will live at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu in northern Israel, where she’ll hone her Hebrew before volunteering for a year of national service.

Lieberman, who has visited Israel numerous times, said she had planned to move to the country for a while.

“I’ve wanted to make aliyah ever since my 8th grade school trip, and am overjoyed to have finally accomplished that goal,” she said. “Jews have been praying for a return to Israel for millennia, and I’m fortunate enough to live in a time when such a return is possible. Why would I live anywhere else? Israel is my home, and I can’t wait to see what my future here will bring.”

Nesya’s grandfather, Joe Lieberman, served as a US senator for Connecticut from 1989 to 2013 and was one of the most prominent Jewish members of Congress. He was also Al Gore’s running mate for the Democratic Party in the 2000 presidential elections.

Former US senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman leaves the West Wing of the White House after meeting with US President Donald Trump on May 17, 2017. (AFP/Olivier Douliery)

Nesya Lieberman’s decision to make aliyah comes after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s daughter Talia moved to the Jewish state in August.

“We just want her to be happy. This is something she always wanted to do. She loves Israel. We all love Israel. Our whole family loves Israel. And this is her dream. We’re very proud of her,” Friedman told reporters at the time.

Friedman was not the only member of US President Donald Trump’s team to have children moving to Israel last year. Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, tweeted in August that his triplets were headed to the Jewish state for a gap year program of Jewish studies.

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