AUGUST 24, 2017 – TEL AVIV – Over 200 Jews from 19 US states and two Canadian provinces moved to Israel last week. The group included 20 families, 64 children, six sets of twins, and 26 medical professionals. In addition, there were 70 future Lone Soldiers – servicemen or women without immediate family in Israel – who made the move.
The flight was facilitated by Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency for Israel, JNF-USA and Tzofim-Garin Tzabar.
From computer programmers, psychologists, and future soldiers to fashion stylists and aspiring actors, the flight included a diverse group of individuals representing all streams of Judaism and demographics.
Nefesh B’Nefesh, in cooperation with Friends of the IDF (FIDF), cares for thousands of Lone Soldiers through the Lone Soldiers Program, which offers support for all Lone Soldier immigrants during each stage of their service, after release from the army, and during adjustment to civilian life.
Said Daniel Atar, World Chairman, KKL-JNF, “Aliyah to Israel has always been the foundation of Zionism, which not only embodies the love and yearning for the Land of Israel, but also the unbreakable connection world Jewry has to each other. The decision made by these young men and women, to move to Israel on their own and join the IDF, proves that investing in the Zionistic and Jewish education of the younger generation overseas is the best and most effective way to increase Aliyah. On many occasions, the young people are the vanguard of the family, and we must continue to support and to strengthen their connection to Israel. The Zionistic mission and settling the land is a never-ending task, and the State of Israel and Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel are responsible for invigorating it. The hundreds of Olim who arrived today are part of the great Zionist mission we are spearheading to settle the Negev with 1 million new residents and the Galilee with half a million new residents, thereby strengthening Israel’s periphery. This is the essence of Zionism in 2017.”