Yesterday’s Fellowship Freedom Flights brought another 235 new olim (immigrants) to Israel, most of them refugees from war-torn eastern Ukraine. Though they were tired from their journey, they were happy to finally leave the fighting and confusion of their homeland behind.
Ievgeni, 31, his wife Iryna, 39, and their daughters Marharyta, 9, and Stefania, 2, decided to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) from Ukraine because they believe they'll be able to find peace and comfort. “We're really looking forward to starting our new life,” says Ievgeni. "We've been counting the days to our Freedom Flight with The Fellowship. Now is right time to leave Ukraine,” he continues. “Our daughter Stefania is 2 years old. Soon she'll enter nursery school where she'll be able to easily adapt. We're also happy about the fact that she'll grow up in the right environment.
Last week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted descendents of Belgian Prince Eugene, as well as some of the hundreds of Jewish children he saved during the Holocaust.
Israeli security officials are experts in developing technology to spot potential terror threats. Because Israel must always be on guard against terror, innovators have developed programs to sift through the large amounts of information available on the internet to look for potential lone-wolf terrorists, and Europe is taking notice.
A recent orchestra concert in Tel Aviv moved audience members to tears – but not for reasons you might expect. It wasn’t so much the music or the musicians who inspired the crowd, but the violins being played. More specifically, the evening was so memorable because of the violins’ previous owners: Holocaust survivors.
The Fellowship has contributed 23 spiritual centers to the Ethiopian Jewish community throughout Israel the ensure that they maintain their religious traditions, continue to pray in the style of their ancestors, and have a home where they can celebrate life events. Recently, we dedicated the most recent Fellowship House Ethiopian Spiritual Center in the city of Rehovot.
American Bryan Kovach is excited to share his new discovery and help researchers understand more about the history and culture of Hazor, one of the largest biblical archaeological sites in Israel.
The Fellowship continues to bring home new olim (immigrants) from France, a place where many Jews have recently started to worry about anti-Semitic attacks and harassment. One prominent Rabbi in Nice, France, explains why he decided to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) with The Fellowship.
A rabbi once made a derogatory comment about a colleague in whom he was deeply disappointed. He called the other rabbi “a tzaddik in Pelz,” meaning “a righteous person in a fur coat.” He explained that if a person is cold, there are two ways that he can get warm. Either he can wear a fur coat or he can light a fire. If the person lights a fire, others can benefit from the heat as well. If he wears a fur coat, he alone experiences the warmth.
The Fellowship's Yonit Rothchild shares about Shabbat (the Sabbath) in her small town just south of Jerusalem.