Shara Grifenhagen Ellenbogen
I made aliyah in 2005 with the idea that I'd "see how things go." My only plan was to take the year and do the IMBA at Bar-Ilan to give me something productive to do and help me sharpen my skills to enter the Israeli workforce. Coming from a non-profit background in the US, the classes and group work helped build a strong foundation for me. I made some amazing friends that year and build connections along the way which have helped me tremendously in my career as a marketing professional here in Israel. The IMBA helped me in my transition from non-profit to private sector and from life in the US to my new life in Israel. I'm grateful for the friends, connections, skills and knowledge I gained from the program.