Over the years we’ve had the honor or working with a wide variety of amazing personality. (Out of respect, I will not include their names.)
Two of my favorites were refuseniks. One was a mathematician who compiled advanced math calculations for treating cancer patients and the other worked in the Bell Labs years ago developing the mobile phone! Their stories and their passion for Israel were amazing and would make great biographies (hint, hint).
One person who I am really relieved that we didn’t ship was an investment/market specialist – a TV personality too! We sensed trouble and withdrew our proposal. He had a “staff of X number of lawyers”, and threaten to sue us for not shipping his stuff… Eeeck, what a mess! I believe G-d gives us “gut instincts” for a reason.
We’ve shipped a rocket scientist, an arak craftsman/manufacturer, a top level US Govt internet security professional, rabbis and a gadol (twice) and lots and lots of good, brave people/families, motivated by a strong sense of idealism and, maybe even a touch of craziness.
Seriously though, it’s great working with singles and families with this part of their aliyah. Shipping is a daunting experience for almost everybody, but we do what we can to walk them through it with confidence, security and peace of mind.