I was recently refused
an extension on my Visa to remain in the State of Israel while awaiting my Aliyah (citizenship) application.
My current Visa allows me to remain in the country until December 11, 2018
with my wife, Tamar, an Israeli Citizen.
This fund is for the legal expenses and other costs of keeping me in Israel with my wife and family.
I have been waiting on a response to my Aliyah (Citizenship) application Since May 15, 2018.
My story was recently covered into Tablet Magazine, an American Jewish publication.
Read the full story:The Trials of David Ben Moshe
I am a convert to Orthodox Judaism, and came to Israel to study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in the Summer of 2017.
After the summer program I received a grant from MASA and won a Social Justice Fellowship to continue my Torah studies for the 2017-2018 academic year.
I won the Social Justice Fellowship largely due to my activism in the community. I speak about my experience in Federal Prison. Where while serving a 30 month sentence, I found Judaism and changed my life. I was then released early for good behavior. Additionally since my release I have done multiple community service projects with my Synagogue and the Baltimore Police Department.
During my time studying, I also met my future wife, Tamar. Her family welcomed me with open arms and we got engaged and then married.
As my studies concluded in May of 2017 I completed my application of Aliyah. While I have not gotten a response yet I have been:
-Threatened with deportation
Please read the above article
for more information on this.
Now that the Ministry of the Interior has refused to grant me an extension on my Visa I have 3 options.
1. Return to America, leaving behind my Wife.
2. Remain in the Israel illegally, which can be used against my Aliyah application.
3. File a petition and go to court against the State of Israel.
I am choosing to go to court.