At Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday morning, 331 new Olim [immigrants] began a new chapter in their lives here in Israel.
Enthusiastic guests, friends, and families greeted these Olim as they stepped off the jumbo sized charter flight organized by Nefesh B'Nefesh.
The Olim, who flew for 10 hours, arrived at the ceremony hall and were congratulated by dignitaries and members from major organizations such as the Jewish Agency, Tzofim Garin Tzabar, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel and the Friends of the IDF (FIDF).
Many Olim recalled of their emotional goodbyes with some of their friends and families in North America. "It was bittersweet for my family and friends because they are both happy for my future, but sad that they are going to see less of me," said new immigrant and future soldier, Oren Rabinowitz, 23.
When asked what brought on the decision to make Aliyah, Rabinowitz replied "When I spent a week here in Israel, I decided I needed to move here someday."
Aliyah means "a lot of push-ups, a lot of sit-ups and a lot of running,” a new IDF recruit told Arutz Sheva as he got off the “Soldiers' Aliyah” plane.
Arutz Sheva met a very excited, enthusiastic and inspiring group on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport after the arrival of the special Nefesh B'Nefsh flight carrying a large number of youths who will be going directly into the military in the coming months.
The flight carried 331 North American Olim, including 125 young men and women who will be joining the IDF, 41 families, 88 children, 47 singles, and 92 Olim who are moving to Israel’s periphery.