About 2,000 Jews are expected to immigrate to Israel from North America during the coming summer months (June-September), according to Nefesh B'Nefesh.
Yesterday, a "farewell party" event was held in New Jersey for immigrants and their families, who will relocate from the United States to Israel in the coming weeks. The peak of the annual wave of aliyah will come on the organization's traditional charter flight, in which an entire El Al plane will be filled with 235 new immigrants from the United States and Canada who will arrive in Israel with the assistance of Nefesh B'Nefesh and in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption, the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Fund and JNF USA.
Nefesh B'Nefesh conference, photo: Omer Kaplan
In addition to the charter flight, the organization operates another 9 flights of immigrant groups numbering 30-60 people, over 40 flights with single immigrants and hundreds more immigrants who are intended to immigrate directly from Israel, accompanied by Nefesh B'Nefesh representatives, through the offices of the Population and Immigration Authority.
In anticipation of the expected wave of aliyah, Nefesh B'Nefesh held three festive preparatory events, in which about 600 candidates from the United States and Canada participated, all of whom are expected to immigrate to Israel by the end of 2023. The events took place in New Jersey, Florida and Toronto, while the event in New Jersey was attended by the organization's co-founder and CEO, Rabbi Yehoshua Pass, Minister of Aliyah and Absorption, Ofir Sofer, Minister of Labor, Yoav Ben-Tzur and Director General of the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption, Avichai Kahane.
As part of these events, participants had the opportunity to meet directly with a professional Nefesh B'Nefesh team in order to receive personal information and assistance in preparation for their upcoming aliyah and enjoy a festive family fanning free of charge that included barbecue stations, music and a children's gymboree.
Conference participants, photo: Omer Kaplan
Ofir Sofer, Minister of Aliyah and Absorption, who attended the event yesterday, said, "I was excited to congratulate the hundreds of new immigrants who will immigrate this summer. The immigrants who are embarking on a new path have made a difficult decision, but I am sure that it is the best decision. As Minister of Aliyah and Absorption, I see the task of absorbing new immigrants as a supreme and very important task. Together with the ministry's resources, we will, with G-d's help, ensure good absorption for the immigrants."
Rabbi Yehoshua Pass, co-founder and CEO of Nefesh B'Nefesh, said, "Celebrating with hundreds of future immigrants and their families, who came here with support and pride in their families for the new path their family members have chosen, is undoubtedly an exciting and heartwarming moment. We are privileged to be part of the aliyah story of thousands of immigrants who embark on this journey, and look forward to welcoming them very soon and with open arms to their new home in Israel."
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