Nefesh B’ Nefesh celebrates Aliyah Week
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Nefesh B’ Nefesh celebrates Aliyah Week

Pnina and Eric Distenfeld and family made aliyah in August. (Nefesh B’Nefesh)
Pnina and Eric Distenfeld and family made aliyah in August. (Nefesh B’Nefesh)

Nefesh B’Nefesh, the organization that facilitates aliyah from North America, in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth L’Israel and JNF-USA, is celebrating a record-breaking year in aliyah.

According to the aliyah organization, 3,280 new olim have made aliyah from North America since January of 2021. Among them were 643 families, 755 singles, and 281 retirees. The organization is well on its way to hit its expected target of 4,500 olim for 2021.

The majority have come from New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, and Maryland; the places where most have decided to start their new lives in Israel are Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv – Yafo, Ra’anana, and Modiin.

Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Nefesh B’Nefesh’s co-founder and executive director, said, “This past year has been no less challenging than the previous one, but despite everything, aliyah has not stopped, but rather has increased and flourished. I would like to commend each and every one of our olim, for their resilience and strength and for making this courageous step during the height of a global pandemic and so much uncertainty. We excitedly predict to end 2021 with a record number of about 4,500 new olim from North America and are proud to have been part of each and every Aliyah journey, together with our partners.”

Go to nbn.org.il for more information.

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