More and More Jews Making Aliyah
Due to rising anti-Semitism in the world and threats from terrorist organizations such as ISIS, more Jewish people have decided to return to their homeland of Israel. For some, this can be a complicated decision. For others, it’s been their hearts desire for as long as they can remember.
But it’s not easy packing up everything and moving to another country, especially for those in North America which is roughly 6,000 miles away from Israel. For the new immigrants, they need to find a job, housing, new friends and a place to worship. They also may need to brush up on their Hebrew language skills or acquire job training.
One such agency that helps with this is Nefesh b’Nefesh. According to a statement on their website, Nefesh b’Nefesh “in cooperation with the Israeli government and The Jewish Agency for Israel, is dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah from the USA, Canada and the UK by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of Aliyah and the move to Israel.”
They help with the application process, Israeli citizenship, financial aid and Aliyah flights, among other things.
In a statement on their website officials at the Jewish agency for Israel said those making “Aliyah hit a 10-year high in 2014 dramatically increasing from Ukraine, the U.S. and France.” That number increased by another ten percent in 2015 with 30,000 new immigrants arriving, according to the Times of Israel. That number is set to increase in 2016.
When Jews return to Israel, they are welcomed with open arms. A quick YouTube search yields a plethora of videos showing new immigrants arriving on El Al flights with music playing in the background and children gathered on the tarmac waving flags.
Prime Minister Netanyahu called for the Jews to come home in February. This comment came following the recent European terror attacks.
For more information, contact Nfesh, B’Nefesh at http://www. nbn.org.il/ or the Jewish Agency at http://www.jewishagency.org