One-hundred and one-year-old United States resident Stella Rokoff became the oldest person in the past five years to make Aliyah to Israel.
Stella was born in Jerusalem in 1921 and left with her family to the U.S. when she was five years old. Now, 96 years later, she has returned to her place of birth accompanied by her daughter and son-in law.
Rokoff says she is fulfilling a life-long dream, and is most looking forward to reuniting with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who are already living in Israel.
She presents her birth certificate issued in Mandatory Palestine in 1921 - written in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
Rokoff's family settled in Brooklyn upon their arrival to the U.S.. After marrying Rabbi Herman Rokoff in 1940, she moved to Pennsylvania, where her husband led a local Jewish community, and the couple's four children were born.
After she was named the secretary of the Rabbinical Council of America's board of directors, she and her family returned to New York and settled in Manhattan.
In that role, she had worked closely with American Jewish religious leaders, and was involved in the preparation of the council's annual conferences as well as the cooperation with institutions inside Israel. That career, she says, kept her close to her Jewish and Israeli roots.
With the help of the "Nefesh B'Nefesh" organization, and in cooperation with the Absorption Ministry, the Jewish Agency, and JNF-USA - Stella Rokoff along with her daughter Ilene and son in law Michael - joined 60 other immigrants on a flight to Israel.
Rokoff says that when she left Israel, the Jewish state was no more than an idea. Now, seeing the Israel become a leading player on the world stage in many fields, she says she is proud to call it her home.
With over 20 close family members in Israel, Rokoff says that what she was most looking forward to was seeing her grandchildren and great grandchildren - who were on hand to greet her at Ben Gurion Airport.