Passover starts tomorrow at sundown, ushering in a week-long celebration of God’s rescue of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. For thousands of Jews, this Passover is especially meaningful, as it’s the first one they will spend as a resident of Israel – thanks to The Fellowship.
Since Pesach 2017, 5,215 new olim (immigrants) have arrived in Israel. Last month 30 flights with olim from 11 different countries landed in Israel. That wave of immigration brought 151 families to Israel who are just beginning their new lives all over the country. Among the olim are 75 infants and children under the age of 18. . .
One of the olim, Sarah Funto, 35, who will be living in the city of Ma’aleh Adumim after her arrival shared her thoughts: "Before now, the term 'next year in Jerusalem' was an abstract concept for me, with no meaning. I did not celebrate Passover properly, I did not really make the separation from chametz (leavened bread). But this year, Passover will take on a different meaning for me. I will leave my chametz behind and look forward, excited about my new beginning."
After the recent anti-Semitic murder of a Holocaust survivor in France, Jews there are even more eager to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel). The Fellowship has flown an increasing number of Jews from France to safety in their spiritual homeland. Rabbi Eckstein has underscored The Fellowship’s commitment to help Jews in such troubled parts of the world.
"While terrorism returns to the streets of France, we are happy to see olim coming home to safety in Israel," he said. "We will continue to work to increase the personal security of Jews from all over the world and to help those who wish to find their home in Israel. I wish all the immigrants and the entire Jewish people a happy Passover!"