"All my life I dreamed of living in Israel but only made it today. It has taken me a long time to to fulfill this dream, but it's never too late," said the 95-year-old Dorothy Truttner after her immigration to Israel made possible with the aid of the Nefesh B'Nefesh organization.
The EL AL flight from Toronto to Israel was accompanied by many emotions as it flew the excited Dorothy Truttner to Israel. Truttner left Toronto for the last time, the city where she was born and had spent her entire life. During the flight, she was surprised when the stewardesses handed her a personal letter of congratulations from the chairman of El Al airlines, David Maimon. "On behalf of all the employees of EL AL I want to wish you every success on your immigration. For the last 20 years you had been a loyal passenger and flew to Israel at least twice a year. We are a national airline and are very excited to be part of your immigration," Maimon wrote.
Dorothy Truttner will be live in Jerusalem with her son. She has 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, the last born just a few days ago. "I have visited Israel 45 times in my life, but this is the first time I booked a oneway ticket," said Dorothy. "I'm so happy that I can fulfill a lifelong dream and be with my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren," she said.
"Dorothy's immigration at the age of 95 proves that age is no barrier for immigrating to Israel," said the vice president of Nefesh B'Nefesh, Zeev Graschinsky.
Dorothy is not the oldest immigrant who has immigrated to Israel with Nefesh B'Nefesh. The then 100 year-old Sabina Wistrich emigrated from London to Israel in 2010. She will soon be celebrating her 106th birthday.