I recently interviewed Shalhevet High School alum Galya Nisenbaum and her parents in their LA home as part of my upcoming feature on the 58 college-aged Angelenos making aliyah (immigration to Israel) straight into the IDF.
From the moment Galya got off the August 2 charter flight of Nefesh B’Nefesh and the Jewish Agency, she’s become a mini-celebrity. Shimon Peres waited on the tarmac to greet and kiss the new IDF recruits from across the country (well, to kiss the ladies, at least, on the cheeks) as soon as they touched the Israeli soil (rather, cement). Galya and her fellow comrades have made headlines in Yediot Acharonot (Israel’s largest Hebrew daily), The Jerusalem Post and a host of other Israeli media outlets as members of the largest contingent of future IDF soldiers from America on a charter flight. (Her very proud father, Paul, sends me all the updates).
In this interview with Channel 23 (translated into English in the comments section), Galya proudly represents the Los Angeles Jewish community as she talks about why she traded UC Berkeley to become an officer specializing in treating trauma among wounded IDF soldiers.