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.
Fellowship Bridge Blog - Crisis and need
Fellowship Bridge Blog
Yesterday 105 new olim (immigrants) from France arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on the latest Fellowship Freedom Flights. These brand-new Israelis were greeted with singing, balloons, and Israeli flags by Fellowship staff and volunteers.
The Fellowship, which has helped thousands of Ukraine Jews immigrate to Israel, was flooded with hundreds of phone calls and emails in the past two weeks from Ukraine Jews seeking to immigrate to Israel -- and expects the demand to grow amid escalating tensions with Russia over Crimea and the eastern Donbass province.
We have received disturbing updates on the escalating violence in Ukraine and ask for your urgent prayers for the embattled Jewish community in the region. One of our Fellowship partners in the region offered a sobering report.
Rabbi Eckstein recently spent a day with some of Israel’s Bedouin community, an ethnic group that numbers around 200,000 in Israel. They are currently ranked among the lowest on Israel’s socio-economic scale. The Fellowship supports the Bedouin community with several of our programs, including Bikes4All, an educational program that provides bicycles, outings, and races for 600 children living in these communities.