|Mark Fox, 23, of Teaneck, left, and Ilana Rosenzweig, 20, of Oradell, pose with other Bergen County olim at JFK airport in New York. They are getting ready to board the Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight to Israel. Shahar Azran|
A group of young olim (new immigrants) made aliyah to Israel on Aug. 13 on a Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight that flew from New York’s JFK airport. As soon as they became Israeli citizens, they joined the Israel Defense Forces. The flight carried 350 new olim to Israel; among them a record high 127 soon-to-be IDF soldiers. The special Friends of the Israel Defense Forces – Nefesh B’Nefesh flight was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu greeted them at ceremony at Ben Gurion airport.
Nefesh B’Nefesh celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer. Its inaugural charter aliyah flight was in 2002. The milestone comes as the organization prepares to welcome more than 2,500 North American and British Jews making aliyah this summer on two charter and seven group aliyah flights. Nefesh B’Nefesh will bring 4,800 newcomers from around the world to Israel this year.
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