Daily Israel Report

50th Nefesh B'Nefesh Flight: Soldiers' Aliyah

Around 331 new immigrants - including 125 IDF recruits - will be arriving in Israel on board the 50th Nefesh B’Nefesh Charter Aliyah Flight.
By Kochava Rozenbaum
First Publish: 8/11/2013, 1:35 PM

Olim arrive in Israel with Nefesh B'Nefesh
Olim arrive in Israel with Nefesh B'Nefesh
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With the cooperation of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, there will be a total of 331 new immigrants (olim) from North America landing in Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. A customary arrival ceremony will be held in their honor with the presence of many of Israel’s dignitaries.

This flight will mark the 50th Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight. The group began mass aliyah flights to Israel in August 2002.

Among the North American olim arriving are 125 new IDF recruits, young men and women who will be joining the ranks of fellow young Israelis serving their country. In addition, 41 families, 47 singles, and another 92 olim are also scheduled to arrive on this specially chartered Jumbo El Al flight leaving from New York.

Dignitaries expected at the arrival ceremony in Ben Gurion airport include Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Director General of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, MK Penina Tamanu-Shata, Chairman of the Israel Scouts, Director of Aliyah Absorption and Special Operations Unit of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Yehuda Sharf.

Also expected to attend are the Co-Founders of the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart, and Vice Chairman of Nefesh B’Nefesh, Erez Halfon.

The event will be in full cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Tzofim Garin Tzabar, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel and the Friends of the IDF (FIDF).

Pre-registration for the event is required. Family and friends from around the world will have the chance to  watch a live webcast of the Olim stepping foot in their new homeland.