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IFCJ Freedom Flight Brings Latest Olim from Ukraine

A young Ukrainian Jewish boy with an Israeli flag arrives in Israel on The Fellowship's February 23, 2016 Freedom Flight (Photo: Daniel Bar On)

While the war in Ukraine is not in the news as of late, the violence there continues to plague the nation's citizens. JNS reports on IFCJ's latest Freedom Flight, which yesterday allowed 116 Ukrainian Jews to make aliyah (immigrate) to their biblical homeland, Israel:

On Tuesday, 116 Ukrainian Jews arrived safely in Israel as part of the ongoing “Freedom Flight” initiative by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), which helps threatened Jewish communities around the world.

“The situation in Ukraine remains dire and it is our responsibility to take care of Ukraine’s Jews,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship. “As our aliyah efforts in 2015 have shown, the better we get at providing aliyah and klitah (absorption) services, the more people will be inclined to take the leap and come home to Israel.”

According to The Fellowship, most of the new immigrants are from eastern Ukraine, where they fled the fighting between the government and Russian-backed separatists.

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