With the increase of hostilities on the Russian-Ukrainian border in recent weeks, 211 new olim (immigrants) from Ukraine landed this morning at Ben Gurion Airport on the latest Fellowship Freedom Flight.
Among the olim who arrived this morning, 37 are children who will begin their studies in Israeli schools in two days, 7 are babies, and the oldest person is 82 years old. Most of the olim came from the Dnipropetrovsk region, which has become one of the preferred destinations for refugees escaping the embattled areas in eastern Ukraine.
The Fellowship assists the olim with special grants of $1,000 for each adult and $500 for each child, in addition to financing the flight to Israel. Additionally, before they arrive in Israel The Fellowship arranges the absorption of the olim families in various cities and towns. Local authorities are recruited to accompany the olim while they find housing and employment and continue to accompany them even after they are absorbed in their new homes.
Rabbi Eckstein said: "With all my heart, I want to wish each and every child on the flight a successful and fruitful school year and an easy adjustment to their new school. Due to the increase of hostilities on the Russian-Ukrainian border, there is a significant increase in calls from potential olim to Fellowship representatives in Ukraine and we are doing everything to give them the best possible service so that they can begin new and secure lives in Israel, which was and still is the home for any person who is part of the Jewish people."