— by Jake Sharfman
(Jerusalem) As the Jewish holiday of Shavuot approaches this weekend, Nefesh B’Nefesh, which works in close cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Jewish Agency for Israel, organized a special celebration yesterday in Ein Yael, Jerusalem for new Olim to better prepare them for their first Shavuot in Israel.
At the event, the children, accompanied by their parents and Nefesh B’Nefesh staff, prepared for Shavuot by assembling delicious baskets of fruit, which is a customary tradition in Israel during this period.
“I’m so excited to be celebrating my first Shavuot in Israel,” said seven year old Nachi Jerozolim, who made Aliyah with his parents from Woodmere, NY last August. “It is so much fun to be living in a Jewish country where everyone around me is getting ready to celebrate the same holiday.”
Photo Credit: Jared Bernstein Photography courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh.
I just found a neat website peoplemov.in that breaks down the world population by country, and for each country tells you how many immigrants there are and where they have come from.
Here is the data for Israel (Population 7,353,985):
% of population: 39.99%
Migrant native countries
% of population: 13.88%