Frances and Robert Wolf and family of Clifton, David and Penina Rabinowitz of Englewood, Julie and Philip Goldstein and family of Fair Lawn, and Ahuva Shafier, 19, Sara Kinstlinger, 20, and Abigail Sarah Yucht, 19, all of Teaneck, were among 218 North American immigrants who moved to Israel this week. They left on an El Al Boeing 777 chartered by Nefesh B’Nefesh and arrived at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. The group of new immigrants hailed from 17 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The flight was facilitated in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah & Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, and JNF-USA. Passengers included a diverse mix including former servicemen from three different U.S. Armed Forces units, families of all sizes, and young professionals.
A ceremony took place for the newcomers at Ben Gurion Airport to welcome them. Guests included Sofa Landver, Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption; MK Avraham Neguise, chair of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs; Natan Sharansky, chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel; Danny Atar, world chair of KKL-JNF; and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart, founders of Nefesh B’Nefesh.