I am now at the airport, JFK. I have checked-in dropped my very heavy bags and I'm waiting for the goodbye ceremony to begin. There is a ton of people, as the whole fight is Olim Hadashim, New Citizens. There are a lot of religious jews, secular Jews, families, and a few like me.
I can't wait to get my seat and meet a bunch of new people.
I'll update you once I land. Check out the live and recorded broadcast of the events at http://www.nbn.org.il/live/
I have some great friends meeting me at the airport in Tel Aviv. I can't wait to see.
Good luck everyone and stay in touch.