Intermountain Jewish News

Banner
Monday,
May 25th
Home News Local Denver teen makes aliyah in war time

Denver teen makes aliyah in war time

E-mail Print PDF

Noémi GuiotWHAT did you do Sunday, July 20, 2014? Go to the mountains? Paint the spare bedroom? Mow the lawn? Stroll through the mall? Visit the grandchildren?

For Noémi Guiot, Sunday consummated a lifelong desire that has no birth date or expiration stamp.

The 17-year-old made aliyah to Israel, in the middle of a fierce war, to join the IDF.

“My parents are right-wing Zionists,” Noémi tells the IJN a few frenetic days before her Nefesh b’Nefesh charter flight. “I grew up with a love of Israel.

“And it’s been my dream since a very young age to serve in the military.”

The Canadian-born daughter of Dr. Ben and Monica Guiot speaks impeccable French, English, and excellent Hebrew. She happily spells unfamiliar words when requested.

Noémi will spend her first three weeks in Israel with relatives, attend a five-week ulpan “to brush up on my Hebrew and make friends” and then enter the military.

“I’ll be interviewed and take a series of mental and physical tests so the IDF can decide where to place me, either in a non-combatant or combatant position,” she says.

“My preference? If I could choose anything, I’d be a combatant soldier specializing in field intelligence.”

Even before Israel launched a massive ground incursion into Gaza on July 17, people asked Noémi whether she felt nervous about making aliyah.

“Actually, one day I lost it completely,” she admits. “I just stood in my room crying, ‘I can’t do this, I’m only 17!’ But I quickly realized I’m doing the right thing.

“I trust the IDF to act morally and protect me as best they can.”

Noémi just graduated Denver Jewish Day School. Out of all her classmates, she’s the only one not entering college this fall.

The rest of this article is available in the July 25, 2014 IJN print and digital edition only. Contact Carol to order your copy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or subscribe to our online e-Edition.

 

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben, dies

Marcy Oster Meara and Stiller were married for 61 years and worked as comedy partners for much of that time while pursuing individual acting careers. ... [Link]

Chief Rabbinate balks at keeping Shlomo Riskin as Efrat chief rabbi

Marcy Oster Israeli media, citing sources present at a recent meeting of the Chief Rabbinate Council, reported that Riskin’s positions on conversion and women in religious leadership led the rabbinate to de... [Link]

Holocaust drama ‘Son of Saul’ named runner up at Cannes

Marcy Oster The film, which centers on the Jewish prisoners who were forced to help the Nazis run the concentration camps, received the Grand Prix award. ... [Link]

Netanyahu confidant Dore Gold to direct Foreign Ministry

Marcy Oster Gold, one of Netanyahu’s closest confidants, is a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. ... [Link]

Hundreds attend memorial for Brussels Jewish Museum attack

Marcy Oster “Brussels is Jewish because all Jews have their place in Brussels,” Mayor Yvan Mayeur said at the memorial, held one year after four people were killed at the museum. ... [Link]

Jewish teens stabbed on way to Western Wall

Marcy Oster The teens were attacked near the Damascus Gate late on Saturday while walking to the Western Wall for a night of Torah study in honor of the Shavuot holiday. ... [Link]

Polish home that hid Jewish family from Nazis to become museum

Marcy Oster The house in southeastern Poland, in which a Jewish family of 13 hid from the Nazis, was recently purchased by the businessman Maciej Piorkowski. ... [Link]

Israel thanks United States for blocking resolution at nuclear conference

Marcy Oster The Egyptian-led effort — rejected by the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada — would have convened a regional conference on making the Middle East a nuclear-free zone. ... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942
email@ijn.com • larry@ijn.com • lori@ijn.com