Moving but Staying Close

I’ve been studying Hebrew in the ulpan at the Center for Deaf-Blind Persons for a few months already, and the classes have really helped me learn Hebrew.
Since we came to Israel from the Ukraine a few years ago, I’ve been living with my mother in Kiryat Gat.

But now I’ve gotten the green light from Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute) to move to an apartment in Ofakim.

I’m really excited at the thought of living independently, but Ofakim is quite far away from the center of Tel Aviv, so I’m going to have to switch from evening ulpan to daytime ulpan so I won’t have to travel at night due to my night blindness.

The other students and I take our studies very seriously. One example of this is Sasha, a friend in the class, who underwent brain surgery and came back to ulpan just a few days after she got out of the hospital. She didn’t want to miss too many classes.

Yair (65), who’s been participating in the learning center for eight months, sent a message of thanks to his teacher with the following SMS: “Hi! I used the computer today, I really enjoyed it and it was fun.

Yaakov is an excellent teacher, very friendly and patient.

I’m really looking forward to learning more about using the computer next week.

In the future, I’m even going to buy myself a computer.

I really appreciate all your help and encouragement.

Thank you! Goodbye and see you soon.

I’m very happy! Yair.”