Daily Israel Report

Push for American Aliyah Continues at NBN Mega Event

Arutz Sheva interviews high-ranking NBN, JNF-KKL officials on the drive to see more American Jews move to Israel.
By Yoni Kempinski, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 3/10/2014, 2:37 PM

Menachem Leibovitz, Vice Chairman of the Jewish National Fund (JNF-KKL) Board of Directors,  and Erez Halfon, Vice President of Nefesh B'Nefesh, spoke to Arutz Sheva Monday about the push to help Jews in the Western world move to the Jewish homeland. 

"The only reason that American Jews would make Aliyah is the quality of life in the State of Israel," Leibovitz explained. "As long as the quality of life will stay high, as long as politics do not interfere with what is happening in the State of Israel, we will see more and more olim [immigrants - ed.] coming from the West." 

"Because the environment is calm in the Middle East, we will see more and more Jews looking to move to the State of Israel," he added. 

"We need to be optimistic," Halfon stated. "Israel is a great country, we have a lot of employment options to offer."

Halfon added that Nefesh B'Nefesh brought in mayoral representatives from Israel's variety of cities and towns for new olim to choose from, and that potential immigrants have many incentives provided for them to ease the transition to becoming an Israeli citizen. 

Both officials were speaking from the NBN Mega Event in New York, which saw over 1,000 American Jews attend to find out more about moving to the State of Israel. 

To date, Nefesh B’Nefesh has assisted over 38,000 Olim. More than 50,000 North American and British Jews have attended Nefesh B'Nefesh pre-Aliyah informational seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and UK, including specially tailored programs, events and individual counseling sessions.