Grandmother is oldest UK immigrant to Israel

By Robyn Rosen, March 18, 2010
Phyllis Lader

Phyllis Lader

A 90-year-old great-grandmother has become the oldest person to make aliyah from the UK, more than 30 years after completing her original application form.

Phyllis Lader will leave Finchley on Sunday for a new life in an English-speaking retirement village located between Netanya and Ra'anana.

Mrs Lader, who has more than 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, still has the application form from three decades ago. Her then change of heart was prompted by a desire to stay close to family.

"I have reached a time in my life when I want more quality," she said. "I have lots of family who live in Israel now and have always been Israel-minded. I will miss my family here and tea and chocolate but that is it. I'm very excited to go."

Last updated: 3:45pm, March 18 2010