19-YEAR-OLD UKRAINIAN GIRL BECOMES THE 10,OOOTH JEW MOVING TO ISRAEL WITH THE FELLOWSHIP’S ALIYAH PROGRAM
The milestone reflects the growing role of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in rescuing endangered Jews from 26 countries and bringing them to the Jewish state
TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 6, 2017 – Supported by hundreds of thousands of Christians worldwide, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”) today brought its 10,000th Jewish immigrant to Israel since spearheading its own operations to rescue endangered Jews around the world and resettle them in Israel.
The Fellowship today brought Viktoria Pokutnia, 19; her mother Larysa Pokutnia, 50; and Larysa’s mother Kateryna Lapidus, 88, from the community of Myrhorod, in the war-torn region of Donetsk. The family, who plans to settle in the town of Migdal HaEmek, are only the latest immigrants The Fellowship has brought to Israel since independently launching its own immigration (aliyah) operations in December 2014.
This year also marks a quarter century since The Fellowship began leading aliyah to Israel, first working with the Jewish Agency and then helping fund and launch the aliyah organization Nefesh B’Nefesh. During that time The Fellowship has helped bring and resettle approximately 750,000 new immigrants to Israel, supported by $750 million from Christian donors.
With its own aliyah program, The Fellowship is becoming an increasingly central force in Jewish immigration to Israel. In many of the 26 countries where The Fellowship operates, it is the only Jewish organization bringing Jews to Israel. Among the countries where The Fellowship operates are Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Belarus, France, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, and other countries that cannot be named due to security concerns.
The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, accompanied the 10,000th immigrant to Israel, traveling with her and her family from Kiev to Tel Aviv, just as he has done with many others from the former Soviet Union and around the world.
“At Ben-Gurion Airport today, we welcomed Viktoria, Larysa, and Kateryna with open arms. We’re deeply grateful that our Christian supporters around the world are helping us rescue Jews who face serious challenges and fulfilling their dreams to build a new future in the Jewish state,” said Eckstein.
The Fellowship’s work for new immigrants to Israel does not begin and end at Ben-Gurion Airport. In addition to providing pre-aliyah seminars in immigrants’ native countries, The Fellowship provides financial aid, counseling, and other support for olim (immigrants) to help them mainstream into Israeli life, including grants of $800 per adult and $400 per child.
Since its founding in 1983, The Fellowship has helped millions of Jews in need in Israel and around the world not only through aliyah, but through social service projects helping Israel’s most vulnerable, support for Lone Soldiers defending the Jewish state, and much more.
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