FOUNDED IN 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) in partnership with JNF, Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, and The Jewish Agency for Israel, has assisted in easing the aliyah process for over 60,000 olim, new immigrants. This includes 36,196 olim who have made aliyah over the past decade and the 3,570 individuals who moved to Israel in 2019. NBN’s support after aliyah has ensured that 90 percent of its olim have remained in the country.
“As we watch each oleh grow and build their new lives in Israel, we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished together and look forward to affecting even more change in North American aliyah in the decade to come,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of NBN.
The top 10 cities in Israel where olim choose to live are Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beit Shemesh, Raanana, Haifa, Herzliya, Netanya, Givat Shmuel, Modiin, and Beersheva. The average age of a new immigrant in the last decade is 28 with the oldest being 102 years old and the youngest only 12 days.
Since 2010, NBN olim have most often hailed from New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal, Baltimore, Chicago, Teaneck, South Florida, Atlanta, and Boston. Additional statistics over the decade include 10,982 families, 14,225 singles, and 5,517 retirees who moved to Israel. There were 431 physicians and 1,618 medical professionals, and 5,678 young adults who arrived to serve as lone soldiers.