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208 New Immigrants from Ukraine Celebrate First Hanukkah in the Holy Land

Hanukkah menorah candle lighting with newly arrived olim (Photo: Noam Moskowitz)

A Fellowship Freedom Flight of 208 new immigrants from Ukraine celebrated their first Hanukkah in Israel after landing in Tel Aviv today, thanks to our donors!

The immigrants - the latest to come to Israel with The Fellowship - arrived on the eighth and last day of Hanukkah. The Fellowship provided the newcomers with an Israeli breakfast, Hanukkah jelly doughnuts, and candy for the children in the group. New immigrants also lit the eighth Hanukkah candle on a menorah at the airport.

Yael Eckstein welcomed the immigrants, saying, “You’ve arrived just at the right time! Today we’re celebrating the Hanukkah holiday. This is the only holiday we celebrate that happened here in the Land of Israel. Like the miracle of Hanukkah, it’s a big miracle that you’ve arrived!”

Among the immigrants were members of the Zhelezniakov family, spanning three generations. “We were always connected to Judaism, but we did not want to leave our senior positions and start our life all over again in Israel. Now that we have reached retirement age, we decided that it was time to make aliyah, and our children and our grandchildren decided to join us,” said Anna Zhelezniakov.

After their arrival, the immigrants headed to their new homes across Israel, including the cities of Arad, Acre, Eilat, Netanya, and Nahariya. Each immigrant family will receive financial aid from The Fellowship, including $800 per adult and $400 per child upon arrival, in addition to assistance with schooling, housing, living essentials such as furniture, employment training, and more.

As we welcome these new immigrants to the Holy Land this holiday season, we know their arrival will bring light and blessings to all of Israel!

Learn how you can help even more Jews return to the Holy Land today.

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