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      North American Jews Put The 'Home' in 'Homeland'

      The largest chartered flight of the summer filled with new immigrants from North America touched down Tuesday morning.
      By Ezra HaLevi
      First Publish: 8/21/2007, 2:34 PM

      The largest chartered flight of the summer filled with new immigrants (olim) from North America touched down Tuesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport.

      With help from the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization, 225 North American Jews arrived to make their new home in their ancient homeland.

      The new immigrants were greeted by Minister of Pensioners Affairs Rafi Eitan, MK Ophir Pines-Paz (Labor) and other dignitaries, along with a crowd of family members, friends and Aliyah activists.




      The flight is the sixth such flight this summer.

      The new immigrants range in age from 78 to two months and will be moving to 20 different towns and cities across the country.
       
      More than 2,200 Jews are immigrating to Israel from North American and the United Kingdom this summer alone on seven chartered flights, as well as several group flights.


















      Rabbi Benny Eisner is on hand to greet the new olim


      Pensioners Party Chairman and Government Minister Rafi Eitan welcomes the new olim
      Minister Rafi Eitan greets one of the new families

      (Photos: Jonathan Stein and Sasson Tiram)