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, including at least five people from Georgia, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh: Galit Ratson, 18, of Cartersville and four members of the Rabayev family of Suwanee. Others who used to be in Georgia but were living elsewhere may have boarded the flight July 3.
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.
Correction: This article originally, incorrectly said no one from Georgia was on the flight.