As Israel - and all who stand with her - celebrate the immigrant Israelis who have made the Jewish state as strong as she is, we realize our work is not done. And that is why, as our friends at Arutz Sheva report, as Aliyah Week was being observed, 227 new olim arrived in their biblical homeland aboard Fellowship Freedom Flights:
Two hundred twenty seven new immigrants (olim) from Belarus, France, Russia and Ukraine arrived in Israel during Israel Aliyah (immigration) Week. 174 of the new olim arrived on the Tuesday, as the Knesset celebrated Yom Ha'aliyah (Immigration Day).
The new Israeli citizens join over 10,000 others who were brought to Israel by International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) since the organization began leading its own aliyah (immigration to Israel) activities in 2014.
IFCJ has worked for 25 years to bring a total of 730,000 new immigrants to Israel, since the first days of the Soviet Jewry movement. Initially, IFCJ worked together with other agencies, and helped launch the aliyah organization Nefesh B’Nefesh. Today the organization is active in 26 countries, and provides pre-trip seminars, free flights, and post-arrival financial aid for Jews facing economic hardship. Many of the immigrants decided to move to Israel as a result of the rising anti-Semitism and security threats in their locales...
“Immigrants make up the past, present and future of the Jewish state,” Eckstein said. “They are our VIPs, who contribute substantially to Israel’s economy, education, science, culture, and sports.”
“We will not rest until every Jew who wishes to immigrate to Israel is here!”