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Israeli children on the first day of the school in Jerusalem, Sept. 1, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Jewish world population increases to 15.2 million with 45.3 percent living in Israel

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The number of Jews worldwide stands at roughly 15.2 million, according to statistics released by the Jewish Agency for Israel on the eve of the Jewish new year 5782. That number is up from 15.1...
Elazar Stern arrives to a Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem on July 26, 2016. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Elazar Stern aims to promote Jewish unity, identity and solidarity in Diaspora

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“Israel is your home away from home,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a message on Sept. 2, ahead of the Jewish New Year. His address was aimed at “the people of Israel and the Jewish...
Displaying Rosh Hashanah care packages are (from left) Deputy Mayor of Kfar Saba Oren Cohen; Jewish Agency chairman of the executive and chairman of the executive of the World Zionist Organization Yaakov Hagoel; and, senior vice president of Amigour Erez Shani, September 2021. Credit: Amigour.

Thousands of elderly Israelis to receive care packages for Rosh Hashanah

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As vulnerable populations continue to take precautions due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the Jewish Agency for Israel’s affordable-housing subsidiary, Amigour, will provide comprehensive food packages to the elderly, with a focus...
Twelve future lone soldiers from North America landed on a Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight to serve in the Israel Defense Forces and make their homes in the Jewish state, Aug. 10, 2021. Photo by Yonit Schiller.

Future lone soldiers arrive with Nefesh B’Nefesh during summer ‘aliyah’ peak

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Twelve future lone soldiers were among new immigrants who landed this week on a Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren...
Children from France arrive in Israel as part of a group aliyah flight on July 21, 2021. Photo by Noga Malsa.

160 new immigrants from France arrive in Israel amid surge in ‘aliyah’

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A group of 160 new French immigrants to Israel arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Wednesday aboard a special aliyah flight from Paris organized by the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration. The new arrivals...
Michal Cotler-Wunsh, head of the new Nefesh B’Nefesh Institute for Aliyah Policy and Strategy, greets arrivals to Israel. Credit: Nefesh B'Nefesh.

Nefesh B’Nefesh launches new institute for aliyah and strategy

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It’s been three years since Hanna and Shamshy Schlager traded their home in New York for a new one in Modi’in, Israel. It’s been a good three years, they’ll tell you, a time of growth,...
Incoming Jewish Agency shlicha and former Knesset member Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh with chairman of the Jewish Agency and Israel’s President-elect Isaac Herzog. Credit: David Salem, Zug Productions.

Former Druze MK appointed emissary to Washington, North American campuses

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The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will be bringing former Knesset member Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh—the first female Druze member of Israel’s legislature, to Washington, D.C.—as a senior shlicha (Israeli emissary). She will...
New immigrants from Ethiopia at the Hadera absorption center in 1991. Credit: Israeli Tsvika/GPO.

Two of the 14,325 stories behind ‘Operation Solomon’

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Ethiopia was in the midst of a brutal civil war in 1991 when Israel decided to launch an intrepid mission that would bring 14,325 Ethiopian Jews to Israel over the course of 36 hours....

Jewish Agency head Herzog calls out to European leaders on rising anti-Semitism

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Isaac Herzog, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, has called on European leaders to take decisive measures in combating anti-Semitism and vehemently counter repeated attempts at creating an unsafe and...
Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog with a group of immigrant children, on Dec. 27, 2020. Photo courtesy of David Salem.

More than 20,000 people immigrated to Israel in 2020, despite the pandemic

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Global pandemic notwithstanding, more than 20,000 Jews from 70 countries made aliyah over the course of 2020, reported the Jewish Agency. Most of the immigrants arrived from Russia, Ukraine, the United States and France, according to the...