Locals among 170+ olim who landed in Ben Gurion Airport
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Locals among 170+ olim who landed in Ben Gurion Airport

The Glassberg family from Fair Lawn (Photos by Shahar Azran)
The Glassberg family from Fair Lawn (Photos by Shahar Azran)

Nefesh B’Nefesh group aliyah flights continue to land Israel this summer. Last week, 172 people making aliyah landed on four flights, in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, and JNF-USA. These new immigrants join a record-breaking group, with the expected arrival of 2,000 olim. That’s the highest recorded number the organization has experienced since its founding.

Nitai Cohen, 18, of Cresskill arrives at Ben Gurion Airport

Nefesh B’Nefesh is anticipating surpassing the total number of olim who arrived in all of 2020 by September of this year. In addition, more than 4,300 aliyah applications have been submitted in 2021, which already exceeds the total number of applications submitted in 2019, the year before the pandemic began.

“With the many changes people have faced over the past year and a half, causing them to rethink their approach to family, community and employment, aliyah has become more attainable than ever before,” Rabbi Yehoshua Fass said. Rabbi Fass co-founded Nefesh B’Nefesh and he is its executive director. “We are seeing how these shifts, while fundamentally difficult, are enabling more and more people to consider aliyah today.”

The Lubat family of Teaneck

There were 172 olim on last week’s group flights. The oldest is 87 years old and the youngest is six months. They come from New Jersey, New York, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, and will be moving to Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Modiin, Kiryat Gat, Ra’anana, and Netanya. They included 12 medical professionals, including four physicians, as well as a number of lawyers, accountants, engineers, and educators.

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