When Reuben finished his studies in Economics and Business in his native Paris, France, he opened a kosher Japanese-Chinese restaurant that was tailored to French customers.
“I hid the fact that I wear a kippah,” he recalls. “I felt safe enough to wear it only in my restaurant. I’d dreamed of aliyah all my life, but the recent tragic events there made me realize it’s time.”
After the attack at the Hyper Cacher [kosher market], where Jews were murdered in a place he used to shop, Reuben realized he needed to leave.
“It could have happened to me, or someone in my family, and it was really frightening,” he recollects.
With the help of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Reuben made Aliyah and is now studying Hebrew.
“My dream is to open my own restaurant here in Jerusalem, a city that is excellent for me to live, learn Torah, and work,” he says happily. “I left behind, in Paris, my business and my family, but I wake up every morning happy, in Israel, knowing that I am safe and free to practice my Judaism without fear.”
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