Zalina found out about Israel’s expedited program to get Jews out of Ukraine through Telegram.
“A lot of documents are not needed like before, such as a criminal background check.”
Zalina and her son, Timur, boarded a Jewish organization’s bus from Odesa to Chișinău.
In the Moldovan capital two Israeli groups including the Jewish Agency received Zalina.
Since Zalina left Odesa the bridge near her family's hotel has been bombed.
The family obliged.
The Ukrainian military, she says, asked to use the first floor of the family's small yet damaged hotel as a residence.
Bridge footage prior to bombing
Zalina describes the expedited process for visas and flights facilitated by the Jewish Agency.
They were taken to a hotel in Jerusalem where Ukrainian Jewish immigrants were offered stays and meals for a minimum of two weeks.
Zalina's former hotel, The Ein Kerem
The Israeli aid organization Yad L’Olim helped Zalina's family find more permanent housing.
When their hotel stay was up, the family moved into a 2-bedroom apartment in Haifa.