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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

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’

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

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,...
New immigrants from Ethiopia at the Hadera absorption center in 1991. Credit: Israeli Tsvika/GPO.

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

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....
Eleven Bnei Menashe couples who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India were remarried in a group ceremony near Netanya after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate, Feb. 3, 2021. Photo by Laura Ben David, courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Bnei Menashe couples from India remarry near Netanya

Eleven Bnei Menashe couples who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India were remarried in a group ceremony at Shavei Israel’s absorption center near Netanya after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate. The 11...
Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel’s Aliyah Ministry launches emotional support hotline for immigrants

Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration on Tuesday announced the inception of a call center offering new immigrants emotional support. The hotline, which will operate in five languages, is part of a collaboration with the...
Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, part “Operation Tzur Israel” (“Rock of Israel”), after exiting the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Dec. 3, 2020. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi, Courtesy of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

The long journey home of Ethiopian Jewry

Experts in global Jewish history believe that highlighting minority voices within the Jewish community has the power to honor its nuances and interconnectedness. JNS’s new series highlighting Jewish ethnic minorities aims to elevate their...
Blue and White Party Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh. Credit: Courtesy.

MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh: Prompting a paradigm shift between Israel and the Diaspora

Michal Cotler-Wunsh is an Israeli-Canadian member of Knesset currently serving within the Blue and White Party, though just announced that she will not run with Blue and White in the upcoming elections—Israel’s fourth round...
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

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...
Simcha Brodsky, a musician from New York headed to Jerusalem, represents the 16,000th new immigrant of 2020. Photo by Yonit Schiller.

90 North Americans arrive in Israel during Israeli National Immigration Week

Israel welcomed its 16,000th new immigrant of the year, Simcha Brodsky, who made aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh along with 90 other new olim arriving at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Tuesday as Israel celebrates National Immigration Week, in...