More than 200 Americans and Canadians landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, July 4, on a Nefesh B’Nefesh charter aliyah flight.
The olim (immigrants) traveled with the support of the Israeli Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA.
The new Israelis came from 16 states and three Canadian provinces, although no one from Georgia was on the flight.
The olim include 14 soon-to-be Israel Defense Forces soldiers, five sets of twins, 34 families, 78 children, 51 singles and 47 people moving to the periphery in the north or south. They work in a range of professions.
A festive welcoming ceremony at the airport included Aliyah and Integration Minister Sofa Landver, Knesset member Avraham Neguise, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Chagit Moshe, KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar, Jewish Agency official Yehuda Sharf, El Al Deputy Director Stanley Morais, and Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founders Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart.
“These modern-day pioneers, many of whom are moving to Israel’s north and south, are not only fulfilling their personal dreams, but the dreams of the Jewish nation as a whole,” Rabbi Fass said.
More than 2,000 immigrants from North America are scheduled to arrive in Israel this summer.