Aaron Leibel

Nov 4, 2021

Figs and Alligators

An American Immigrant's Life in Israel in the 1970s And 1980s

Chickadee Prince 2021

In the wake of the Six Day War, Aaron and Bonnie Leibel decided to emigrate to Israel, or, as Jews call it, "make aliyah." What followed were sixteen tumultuous, frustrating, gratifying and productive years, raising their children, living on a Kibbutz, serving in the army and pursuing their careers. In Figs and Alligators: An American Immigrant's Life in Israel in the 1970s And 1980s (Chickadee Prince, 2021), Aaron Leibel shares what it's like to be a stranger in a strange land where you expected to belong, and how, ultimately, he and his family do belong. The Israel of the 1970s and 1980s comes alive in this balanced, personal account.

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