project has been established to act as a catalyst for tolerance in our
society by collecting, documenting, researching, and disseminating knowledge,
and educating about the lives of immigrants in Israel.
Grinberg, 72 years old is a member of a kibbutz. In 1949, at the age of 6 she
immigrated to Israel with her parents from Budapest, Hungary. She remembers
their ship entering the Haifa port:
morning, my mother woke me up speaking Hungarian: Miriam, get up and dress!
Marika, dress and come up on the deck! I want you to see – we have arrived
points to her heart. There and tears in her eyes.
“This is here with me to this very day”.
Cohen, a 67 years old man, immigrated to Israel from Tunisia at the age of
12. In Israel, he was sent to a boarding school where because he was the
smallest in his group, the children mocked and bullied him. For years, he
struggled to become a “model Israeli” and eventually succeeded in erasing his
don’t remember anything from before the age of 12; my memory starts when we got
Yaakov does not admit
to ever feeling lonely, disappointed, or holding a grudge and repeatedly says:
“I have no hard feelings”.
Study Immigrant Lives?
many Israelis, their own immigration experiences or those of their parents are
in their hearts “to this very day”. Others chose to erase the pains they
suffered en- route to becoming “an Israeli”. Two-thirds of Jews
in Israel are immigrants or children of immigrants and there are
thousands of other migrants and refugees who live in the country. Nevertheless,
migration experiences are seldom voiced in public discourse and are not a
significant part of the Israeli social ethos. While denying or suppressing our
own experiences of “otherness” we, as a society have become insensitive and
unaccepting to those who are different from us. If we are to create a tolerant
and cohesive society, we need to give "voice" to our lives as
migrants and as children of migrants, to study migrant lives and educate about
them. MigLives.IL project is being established to act as a catalyst for
tolerance in our society by collecting, documenting, researching, and disseminating
knowledge, and educating about the lives of migrants in Israel.
Ben-Gurion University’s location in the Negev
places it at
the heart of a diverse and vibrant community
composed of numerous ethnic groups of recent and long-time immigrants.
Beer-Sheva has the third highest percentage of immigrants among all Israeli
cities. Various aspects of immigrants’ adaptation are the focus of research of
many of BGU’s academic staff who have attained
international reputation. BGU is a natural choice for establishing the