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Despite Arab Terror on Jews, 65 North American New Immigrants Arrive in Tel Aviv


Undeterred by the latest wave of Palestinian violence, 65 Canadian and US Jews, aged 10 months – 83 years old, decided to make Israel their new home.

By Shifra Shomron


Despite the current wave of terror attacks against Israelis in recent days, which has the country on high alert and has seen civilians determinedly protecting themselves from knife attacks, 65 new immigrants (or Olim) from the United States and Canada landed in Israel yesterday (Wednesday) morning.

They came via El Al Israel airlines, on a Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) group Aliyah flight which was facilitated in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, and JNF-USA.
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New immigrant children to enter Israel’s school system in record numbers


According to the Immigrant Absorption Ministry, of all the immigrants who moved to Israel over the past decade, 34,400 children will be attending an Israeli school this coming year.

By Yael Branovsky


The school year is set to begin in Israel on Tuesday, with more than 2 million children and teens poised to enter or return to the school system. Of them, a record number of 2,900 students will be attending an Israeli school for the first time, having immigrated to Israel this summer. Some 360 new immigrants will be starting school as Israeli first graders.

According to the Immigrant Absorption Ministry, the number of new immigrant students this year constitutes an increase of more than 50% over last year. Continue Reading »

Staff Sgt. ‘Dr. Golani’, Ph.D., receives Nefesh B’Nefesh leadership award

From Alabama, & too old to be drafted, Asaf Stein, Ph.D., battled with the IDF to volunteer for the army in a combat position, and won.

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110 Jewish Ukrainian Immigrants Arrive in Israel in Time for Passover

Escaping war-torn Ukraine, 110 Jews, the majority refugees, fled the fighting and landed in Israel just in time for the holidays.

By Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency


With one week to go before Passover, 110 new Ukrainian immigrants landed in Israel on Tuesday morning.

110 Ukrainian immigrants land in Israel – Photo: Buzz Ratner

The majority of newcomers are refugees who fled the fighting zones in the eastern part of the Ukraine including the husband of a woman killed by a direct rock hit that slammed into their house in early February.

Launched by pro-Russian separatists at the city of Donetsk, a rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, the rocket killed Irina Shelkayeba, a teacher, as she was cooking supper. Continue Reading »

From France to Israel: 8 French friends now serve in the same IDF combat unit


Dan Maimon, who made aliyah with 7 of his friends from France, is now serving in the same IDF combat unit with them, says, “It did not fit for us to live in France… We know that we made the right decision & are contributing to Israel’s security.”

By Danny Brenner


Eight friends in France decided to make aliyah two years ago on Rosh Hashana. Last November, they fulfilled a childhood dream and enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces. The group of friends has since remained together, and serve in the same company in the Kfir Infantry Brigade’s Nahal Haredi battalion.

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American New Immigrants Land as Rockets Hit Israel


Despite Israel’s home front becoming the front line, dozens of idealistic American immigrants fulfill their dreams.

By i24news


Despite the sirens and loud explosions heard throughout central Israel, a group of 64 American Jewish immigrants landed in Israel on Tuesday, Ynet News reported.

Nefesh B'Nefesh group arrives in Israel (archive) - Photo courtesy Nefesh B'Nefesh press photo gallery

Nefesh B’Nefesh group arrives in Israel (archive) – Photo: courtesy Nefesh B’Nefesh press photo gallery

The immigrants came from the American states of Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia, will be moving to the Israeli cities of Beit Shemesh, Givat Shmuel, Hadera, Jerusalem, Karmiel, Modiin, Nes Tziona, Ra’anana, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv and Beersheba. Continue Reading »

Sharp rise in Ukrainian immigration to Israel as Jews flee unrest

Jewish new immigrants from Ukraine registered higher at Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption in the 1st 3 months of the year, with an increase of 43% over the same period last year.



Responding to escalating unrest in their country, hundreds of Jews have been fleeing Ukraine since the start of year and heading to Israel.

General view of Kiev's Independence Square

General view of Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of the country’s recent unrest, Ukraine, on a mourning day Sunday, February 23, 2014. – Photo: AP

Preliminary figures indicate that the pace picked up markedly in recent weeks with more than 250 new immigrants from Ukraine registered at the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption since the beginning of April.

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Jewish immigration from France to Israel up by 49%

French Jewish immigration to Israel has increased by 49% in the first 9 months of 2013 compared to last year.



Through September, 2,185 French Jews have immigrated to Israel, compared to 1,469 immigrants during the same time frame in 2012, according to Jewish Agency for Israel figures. The number of immigrants who arrived from France to Israel during the whole of 2012 was 1,907.

New Immigrants – Photo courtesy: Nefesh B’Nefesh

On average, Jewish immigration to Israel from the rest of the world under the  Law of Return showed an increase of 1 percent during the first nine months of 2013.

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125 new IDF recruits out of 330 new immigrants arrive in Israel


Almost half of the Nefesh B’Nefesh flight carrying 330 new immigrants from North America are eager to serve in IDF combat units.

New immigrants were greeted at the airport by a host of Israeli dignitaries, including Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar.

By Eran Suissa & Israel Hayom Staff



A charter plane dubbed the “soldiers’ flight” touched down in Israel on Tuesday morning, bringing 125 young American Jews ready to don uniforms and join the ranks of the Israel Defense Forces.

Immigrating to enlist in the IDF – Photo:: Shahar Azran

The flight, carrying a total of 330 new immigrants from North America, included 63 men and 62 women aged 18 to 22 who will soon be inducted into the armed forces, most of them slated for combat. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv Adopts Plan to Assimilate New Western Immigrants


A shift in demographic have caused Tel Aviv to accept “a strategy that puts more focus on the unique needs of the ‘new olim’ community.”



If you’ve spent the past decade or so in Tel Aviv, you’ve probably noticed the change. The city has increasingly found itself in the global spotlight, and English speakers – once relatively rare in the city – are hard to avoid on any street corner in central Tel Aviv. Even in the city’s south and in Jaffa, native English-speakers have become a prominent fixture of the first Hebrew city.

View of Tel Aviv

View of Tel Aviv – Photo: Yoni Cohen

This influx hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Tel Aviv Municipality, which on Wednesday unveiled what it said was a “strategic plan to better integrate Western immigrants.”

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Knesset honors Michael Levin fallen US-born IDF soldier

Philadelphia native Levin, fell while bravely fighting during the Second Lebanon War.

The Knesset and Defense Ministry will honor the memory of American-born IDF soldier Michael Levin in its Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars ceremony on Sunday night.
Michael Levin

Michael Levin – Photo: Courtesy Lone Soldier Center

Short documentary videos will be combined with songs and poetry readings about the fallen.

Levin immigrated to Israel from Philadelphia in 2002 and joined the Paratroop Brigade. He fought in the Second Lebanon War, cutting short a vacation to the US to rejoin his comrades.

On August 21, 2006, a Hezbollah sniper killed Levin in the southern Lebanese village of Ayta a-Shayeb.

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IDF to seek solutions to Ethiopian troops’ adjustment problems

Brig.-Gen. Eli Shermeister, who heads the Israel Defense Forces Education & Youth Corps, set up the unit last month to tackle the anomaly.



A new IDF unit will work on integrating Ethiopian recruits, who are over-represented in army prisons.

In its policy of supporting diversity in the IDF, new immigrants from Ethiopia and IDF officers plant trees for tomorrow. Israel has 120,000 Ethiopian citizens, many of whom proudly serve in the IDF. – Photo Courtesy of IDF Spokesperson Unit.

Army Radio reported that Brig.-Gen. Eli Shermeister, who heads the Israel Defense Forces Education and Youth Corps, set up the unit last month after senior IDF officers learned that half of all Ethiopian soldiers were sentenced to prison at some time during their military service. Continue Reading »