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Starting New Lives in Israel

Rabbi Eckstein welcomes olim from Freedom Flight as they disembark from plane (Photo: IFCJ)

As Israel - and those who stand for her - celebrate Aliyah Day, it's important to also celebrate the olim (immigrants) who have made new lives in their biblical homeland. Rachel Cohen at The Jerusalem Post highlights some of these lives that you - our faithful friends - have helped change, with a look at how The Fellowship is helping Jews from around the world realize their dream of living in Israel:

Anna, 35, lost her job working for a Venezuelan communications company in a state clampdown. She resorted to working as a door-to-door beautician but could barely make ends meet. She was the last Jewish resident in a Caracas apartment building and feared for her safety.

Meanwhile, Olha, 69, and her husband Heorhii, 68, live in a rural village of the embattled Donestk region in Ukraine. Barely hanging on with their meager state pension, the couple cannot afford vital medicines for Heorhiii’s skin conditions. The civil war is closing in on them, with the sounds of gunfire and shelling creeping toward their home.

William Attal, 62, has been forever scarred by violence. His sister, Sarah Halimi, was murdered by a suspected Islamic extremist, one of many recent attacks targeting the Jewish community, and he concluded France was no longer safe for him, his wife and children – or for any Jew.

From France to Ukraine to Venezuela and beyond, Jews around the world are experiencing economic despair, intensifying anti-Semitism and even terrorism. But since 2014, more than 10,000 of them, including the people in these stories, are starting new lives in Israel, thanks to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship)...

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Here you’ll find an array of useful information on accommodations, transportation, exchanging currency, Israel's climate and customs, and much more. So get the most out of your trip to Israel with the help of The Fellowship.

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About The Fellowship (IFCJ)

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) funds humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and advocacy on behalf of the Jewish state, and provides resources that help build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.

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