Tag Archive for Jewish Agency

Israel welcomes 316 new immigrants from Ethiopia

Hundreds of new immigrants arrive in Israel from Ethiopia on the 1st flight of “Operation Zur Israel” (“Rock of Israel”).
– PM Netanyahu: “I can’t remember being so moved by such a distilled sight of Zionism… Welcome to the State of Israel! The Ethiopian community is returning to the motherland, step by step.”

By Sivan Hilaie, Associated Press


Hundreds of members of the Jewish community in Ethiopia arrived in Israel Thursday morning as part of Operation Rock of Israel which aims to reunite families and their relatives who have immigrated to Israel in the past.

Thousands of people with Jewish roots waiting in Ethiopia to come to Israel, 2,000 of which are expected to arrive in the Jewish state by January 2021, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent outbreak of war in the northern Tigray region. Continue Reading »

Israeli Women Arrive in Puerto Rico in Hurricane Aftermath

Young Israeli women join up with college students from the United States and Puerto Rican in joint effort to help rehabilitate communities still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
– One of the Israeli volunteers, “I wanted to use this time in my life to do something meaningful.” 



The first delegation of Israeli young adults have arrived in Puerto Rico this week to begin a three-month volunteering project as part of the Jewish Agency’s Project TEN program and the PR4PR organization.

The young Israeli women have been joined by college students from the United States and Puerto Rican locals. Continue Reading »

By foot from Ethiopia via Sudan, Vered is inspired by parents’ sacrifice

Incredible story of sacrifice and the inspiration of a child, Vered Achihon, now 39, who walked to Israel with her parents from Ethiopia via Sudan, on a perilous journey spanning months.
– Today, Vered oversees the assimilation of new immigrants to Israel from 80 countries.

By Koby Lieberman


Thirty-five years ago, Vered Achihon made an exhausting journey. Along with her parents and five brothers, she left Ethiopia, passed through Sudan on foot, and arrived in Israel. Today, as the Director of Social Integration for all residents of Jewish Agency Absorption Centers, she shares her story with them and models the values that lead to smoother absorption into Israeli society. Continue Reading »

France undergoes ‘Medical Brain Drain’ as medical professionals flock to Israel

With Israeli authorities expediting the recognition of French medical credentials that make the transition easier for seasoned professionals, the upsurge in antisemitism in France is convincing their doctors & medical field associates, many of whom hold prestigious and influential leadership positions, to pack-up and leave France with their families for Israel, in increasing numbers.



Michel Alimi says he was shopping at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket just a couple of hours before an Islamist struck on January 9, 2015, shooting four Jews dead and holding 16 hostage before being killed by French police. Now, he, his wife and one of his daughters are moving to Israel. Continue Reading »

IDF Radio reports: Aleppo family claiming to be Jewish asks Israel to extricate them


Jewish Agency spokesperson: “We are looking into the matter in order to determine whether the information can be verified and will act accordingly.”



A family from Syria’s war-torn Aleppo is appealing to the state of Israel for refuge, citing their Jewish heritage, Amy Radio reported Sunday.

Courtyard of Aleppo’s Central Synagogue – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Govorkov

“There is nobody who can help us to get out of this place,” said 30-year-old Aleppo resident Razan (real name withheld) in an audio recording aired on the radio station. “We are asking that the Israeli government does not abandon us, but helps us get out of here to another country. Continue Reading »

From Uzbekistan, the twins Fatima and Zukra join the IDF as Yael and Noga


After discovering their Jewish roots, 19yr-old twin sisters Fatima and Zukra from Uzbekistan, began an extraordinary journey of becoming IDF soldiers, Jewish, ‘Yael’ & ‘Noga’ and then finally Israeli.


They were born 19 years ago in Uzbekistan and have attended a Muslim school. When they learned of their father’s roots, they decided to come to Israel with their families. Today,  Islambakov serve in the Israel Defense Forces. One of them has converted to Judaism and the other will soon finish the conversion process. They have both changed their names. Yael and Noga’s spectacular story.

Fatima and Zukra Islambakov, twins to a Muslim mother, were born 19 years ago in Uzbekistan. Continue Reading »

72 new immigrants (Olim) from North America land in Israel


Among the 72 Olim that landed at Ben Gurion Airport this morning are 20 future IDF Lone Soldiers – ‘present-day Maccabees,’ making for a wonderful Chanukah present.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


72 new immigrants (Olim) from North America, including 20 soon-to-be IDF Lone Soldiers, landed this morning, December 28, in Israel on a Nefesh B’Nefesh group Aliyah flight, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah & Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, JNF-USA.

20 future Lone Soldiers - ‘present-day Maccabees' arrive in Israel 28 Dec 2016. - Photo/ Ben Kelmer, courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh

20 future Lone Soldiers – ‘present-day Maccabees’ arrive in Israel 28 Dec 2016. – Photo: Ben Kelmer, courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh

These young men and women are drafting with the Tzofim-Garin Tzabar program and will serve in the IDF as part of the Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldiers Program. Continue Reading »

As More Jews Are Attacked Daily In Europe, Aliyah Keeps Breaking Records


The increase of anti-Semitic attacks throughout western Europe has Jews so worried for the personal safety of their families, the Jewish Agency figures 8,000 new immigrants have come from France in the past year, as a result.

By Shoshana Miskin


The Jewish Agency revealed on Thursday that the number of Jews who made Aliyah to Israel from Western Europe has reached an all-time high.

Jewish new immigrants from France are welcomed upon their arrival at Ben Gurion Int’l Airport on December 8, 2015 – Photo: AFP/Jack Guez

According to the figures, 9,880 Western European Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015 – the highest number ever recorded. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Yemenite gov’t to Jews: Convert or leave Yemen




Yemen’s remaining Jews have been given a stark choice by their government: Convert to Islam or leave the country.

Chief rabbi of the Jews in Yemen Yahya Yosef Mosa with his family carries a picture of the ousted president of Yemen Ali Abdullah Salehin in his home in Sanaa. – Photo: REUTERS

According to acting Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoub Kara, a Druse lawmaker who maintains ties with contacts across the Arab world, a representative of Yemen’s small Jewish community reached out to him with a written ultimatum from the country’s government. Continue Reading »

Southern Israel communities get boost after Jewish Agency raised $13.3M

Funds will provide support to victims of rocket attacks, low-interest loans for businesses that were hurt by war, rent subsidies for students and to refurbish shelters & security rooms.


The Jewish Agency has raised 50 million shekels ($13.3 million) from donors to rebuild southern Israel areas that were damaged by the country’s conflict with Hamas and enable the communities there to attract more residents.

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky – Photo: Moti Milrod

The Jewish Agency “built southern Israel, helping the early pioneers establish these towns and communities in the country’s early years,” the agency’s chairman of the executive, Natan Sharansky, said in a statement.

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Israel flies in to rescue Ukrainian Jews stranded during fighting


Jewish Agency helps 2 families arrive safely in Israel who were stranded at embattled Donetsk airport in the Ukraine.

By Reuters


Israel’s Jewish Agency came to the rescue of two Jewish Ukranian families after rebels seized control of Donetsk airport as they were waiting to emigrate to Israel, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday.

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El Al 737 – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

The two families, numbering six people, were stranded at the airport when it was shut down on Monday. The agency then launched a “fast-paced operation,” spokesman Avi Mayer said.

The families were driven to the Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk then flown to Kiev where they boarded a plane for Tel Aviv, Mayer said. Continue Reading »

1,000 high school students from France say ‘Bonjour’ to Israel


Keren Hayesod & the Jewish Agency bring the 11th group of Jewish French high school students to Israel for a week-long educational trip.

Jewish Agency chief Natan Sharansky heads list of guests at the graduation students’ celebration in Jerusalem.

By Yori Yalon

Some 1,000 French high school students who arrived in Israel for a week-long educational trip took part in a celebratory event at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

French high school students in Jerusalem on Thursday – Photo: Uri Lenz

Event guests included Jewish Agency CEO Natan Sharansky and Keren Hayesod France Chairman Richard Prasquier.

The graduation trip, entitled “High School Seniors in Blue and White,” brought students to Israel from 25 Jewish schools in France.

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Jewish Agency brings 17 Yemeni Jews to Israel in secret mission


10 Jewish Yemenite children who were brought to Argentina in 2011, arrive in Israel Wednesday, to reunite with their families just as their parents land from Yemen in covert operation.

By Omri Efraim

17 Yemenite Jews landed in Israel Wednesday, in a Jewish Agency operation that brought about the bonding of two families, both of which were divided in August 2011 when several of their members were brought to Argentina by Satmar Hasidim and the rest remained in Yemen.

New Yemenite arrivals – Photo: Moshik Br

The families are to reside in one of the agency’s centers in Israel’s south until they move to permanent housing. Continue Reading »

French Jewish immigration to Israel much higher from previous year

Jewish Agency anticipates about 2,500 French Jews immigrating to Israel in 2013, a 40% increase from last year.

The participation of young French Jews coming to Israel for long-term programs is also rising.

By Israel Hayom Staff

Immigration to Israel by French Jews is on the rise, according to data released by the Jewish Agency. The Jewish Agency expects that around 2,500 French Jews will move to Israel in 2013, a 40 percent increase from 2012.

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Final operation to retrieve ‘left-behind’ Jews in Ethiopia

6,300 Jewish Ethiopians made it to Israel in last three years.


From now, aliyah requests for Falashmura Jews to be handled on individual basis, like everywhere else.

By Danny Adeno Abebe

On August 28, two last flights will land in Israel, bringing 400 Falashmura new immigrants to the holy land. After this, the Jewish Agency will be closing down its camp in Gondar and the interior minister will hold an emergency hearing for all those who received negative answers.

Protest for Falash Mura in Jerusalem. Yearning for left-behind relatives to come to Israel. (archives) – Photo: Guy Assayag

Since 2010, 6,300 Falashmura Jews have been accepted for aliyah, thousands more were refused and at the end of August, for the last time, 400 will make aliyah, on two incoming flights. Continue Reading »