20 Lone Soldiers Make Aliyah, Fulfilling a Modern-Day Story of Hanukkah

Group of olim. Photo credit: Ben Kelmer, courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh.

Group of olim.
Photo credit: Ben Kelmer, courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

Seventy-two new immigrants (olim) from North America landed in Israel on December 28, including 20 soon-to-be IDF (Israel Defense Forces) lone soldiers. Lone soldiers serve in the Israeli army without family support in Israel. [Read more…]

Young Olim from U.S. Celebrate Their First Shavuot in Israel

— 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.

People Moving: Olim or Yardim Edition

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):

Immigrants: 2,940,494
% of population: 39.99%
Migrant native countries

UKRAINE   248,699
MOROCCO   245,574
ROMANIA   182,099
POLAND   117,287
IRAQ    111,935
ETHIOPIA  87,556
IRAN   76,259

Emigrants: 1,020,565
% of population: 13.88%
Migrant destinations

USA                        149,039
CANADA                      24,819
GERMANY                     14,079
UNITED KINGDOM              13,531
JORDAN                    12,922
AUSTRALIA                  10,196
FRANCE                         8,719
NETHERLANDS                     5,206
BELGIUM                         3,804