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IFCJ Brings 83 French-Jewish Olim to Israel

French olim boy waves Israeli flag after Freedom Flight, June 29, 2016 (Photo: IFCJ)

The latest Freedom Flights from France brought the number of olim (immigrants to Israel) to 4,000 - from 12 countries - who The Fellowship and its faithful supporters have helped make aliyah (immigrate) in the past two years. Haaretz reports on the latest group of 83 French Jews to come home to the Holy Land:

A major Israeli philanthropic group with Christian funding brought its first large group of French Jewish immigrants to Israel.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which has an annual budget of over $100 million, put the 83 new immigrants on two airplanes Monday in Paris following a ceremony led by its founder, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein...

“We just want to get the job done,” he said. “Our purpose is to increase aliyah.”

Aliyah from France has decreased by 43 percent in the first five months of 2016 compared to the corresponding period the previous year, according to the Israeli daily Makor Rishon.

In total, more than 8,000 French Jews immigrated to Israel last year, a record number that for the second year straight made France the largest provider of Jews to Israel in one year. The first time France topped the list was in 2014. Aliyah officials attributed the increase to a mix of factors including growing uncertainty over Islamist terrorist attacks, Zionistic sentiment by French Jews and France’s near-stagnant economy...

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