19,200 New Immigrants Arrive in Israel in 2013

According to data compiled by The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israel Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, some 19,200 immigrants arrived in Israel in 2013, a modest increase from the 18,940 who arrived in 2012. According to an analysis of the data, Israel experience programs for French Jewish youth and Aliyah encouragement efforts amongst the French Jewish community have borne fruit and brought about a dramatic 63% increase in immigration from France, with the arrival of 3,120 immigrants this year, compared to 1,916 in 2012. Aliyah from Ethiopia was down 44% due to the conclusion of Operation Dove's Wings, which brought the remainder of those who have been deemed eligible to immigrate to Israel and which saw the arrival of 1,360 immigrants this year, compared to 2,432 last … [Read more...]

And We Have Touch Down!

courtesy The Jewish Agency for Israel

As Operation Dove's Wings draws to a close, a first look at the 450 new Ethiopian olim who have come home. The oldest oleh is 87 years old and the youngest is 16 days old. Almost 50% of the new immigrants are under 15 years old. … [Read more...]

Not Your Grandmother’s Aliyah


by Michael Hoffman Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) has made the move from North America to Israel easier than ever. For those ready to make Aliyah, NBN provides all the information and logistical support needed. Many of those who made Aliyah before NBN was founded are jealous that they didn’t have those advantages. But the landscape that has traditionally propelled Jews to make Aliyah in the first place has changed dramatically since the first Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight in 2002. The Jewish Agency for Israel has shifted its focus from Aliyah to identity and peoplehood, and mainstream movements in the American Jewish world rarely if ever talk of or encourage Aliyah. Even influential Israeli thinkers such as Gidi Grinstein now argue that the Zionist insistence on negating the Diaspora was a … [Read more...]

Israel Welcomes Bnei Menashe Olim

A group of the 275 Bnei Menashe immigrants recently arrived in Israel with the assistance of Shavei Israel. The immigrants hail from a number of states in the northeastern part of India, along the border with Burma and Bangladesh. … [Read more...]

Out of Africa, and Back


A delegation of outstanding Ethiopian-Israeli high school students visited the country where their parents were born. Zahava remembered that the name she was given at birth was Aregitu (meaning roots) - Netanel filmed a movie of the school where his father studied - Daniel connected with a young child who is waiting to make Aliyah - Gila was touched by singing Hatikva in the Jewish cemetery at Wolleka - All of the participants returned more mature, valuing life, and feeling more connected to both their pasts and Israel. … [Read more...]

Israel TV Expose Says Falash Mura Women ‘Coaxed’ to Accepting Long-Acting Birth Control Drugs

Women say that while waiting in transit camps in Ethiopia they were coaxed into agreeing to injections of long-acting birth control drugs. from The Times of Israel: Ethiopian women claim Israel forced them to use birth control before letting them immigrate Ethiopian women who moved to Israel eight years ago claimed Israeli officials coerced them to receive injections of Depo-Provera, a long-acting birth control drug, as a prerequisite to immigration. … [Read more...]