Across the globe, Jews face war, anti-Semitism, and poverty. The Fellowship and our faithful friends continue to help these neediest of God's children make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) aboard Freedom Flights. The Washington Post's Ruth Eglash reports on the number of Venezuelan Jews who have safely arrived in their historic and biblical homeland:
When Daniel Oritz moved to Israel from Venezuela , his first meal was a bowl of chicken soup. He took one spoonful and began to cry.
For him, the soup signified an escape from the poverty and deprivation he has experienced for more than two years.
“We were very hungry,” said Oritz, who moved in November. “There was no meat, no sugar, no pasta.”
Venezuela’s economic crisis is so severe that citizens must wait in lines for hours at grocery stores to buy basic staples, or pay exorbitant prices on the black market. Some have even died of basic illnesses because of a shortage of medical supplies.
Tens of thousands have left the country, including a growing number of Venezuelan Jews who have relocated to Israel...
Official Israeli government figures show that 111 Venezuelan Jews made “aliyah,” the Hebrew term for immigration meaning “ascending,” to Israel in 2015, more than double the number who arrived in 2012.
And although final figures for 2016 are not in, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a charity that works to bring Jews from distressed places to Israel, said it had helped about 90 people immigrate...