Sasson: I didn’t like our new life in Zürich so much. In 1989, when we came to Israel to celebrate Allon’s Bar Mitzah, we stayed for two weeks in an apartment in Daniel Hotel in Herzliya. We liked it so much, we decided to buy one of the hotel apartments for ourselves, and Golli convinced my brothers to buy apartments, too. For a few years, this was our Israel-vacation apartment, until we ﬁnally moved to Israel permanently in 1996. To this day, we live in an apartment in this hotel.
Gollar: In March 1994, when we moved into the smaller apartment in Zürich, Sasson said: “I now want to fulﬁll my dream, and go live in Israel. If you want to come with me — please come, but if you don’t — I will go alone.”
So we decided to make Israel the center of our lives, and I would divide my time between Israel and Zürich. Allon was still in boarding school, so most of the time he wasn’t home anyway. When he came home for weekends, when I was in Israel, or Moscow, or later in Tashkent, he slept over at Parviz’s house.
We already had the apartment in the Daniel Hotel in Herzliya when we decided to make Israel the center of our lives, so we started renovating it. We went back and forth for two years, until we ﬁnally made Aliyah in 1996.
Azure tit. We like this bird not only because its color resembles the ﬂag of Israel, but also because it is a native of Russia, a country that has played a major role in our lives.
This picture was taken in Belarus. This bird — like us — is a migrant.
(Image by Nik Borrow, cc-by-nc)