Israel to welcome 68 lone soldiers

223 North American immigrants, including 68 lone soldiers, arrive in Israel on Tuesday.

Chana Roberts ,

Nefesh B'Nefesh immigrants
Nefesh B'Nefesh immigrants
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233 North Americans will arrive in Israel on Tuesday, on a Nefesh B'Nefesh charter flight.

The flight was facilitated by Nefesh B'Nefesh in cooperation with Israel's Immigration and Absorption Ministry, the Jewish National Fund, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Israeli Scouts-Garin Tzabar.

Among the passengers are 68 young men and women who will volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) after becoming Israeli citizens. They are immigrating as "lone soldiers," a term used for those who left their families abroad to move to Israel and volunteer for the Israeli army

Currently, 4,000 lone soldiers serve in the IDF, with 1,000 from the US and the other 3,000 from around the world.

The flight’s other newcomers include a diverse mix of people from 19 US states and two Canadian provinces, including 21 families, 75 children, 6 sets of twins and 26 medical professionals.

A special welcome ceremony will be held at Ben Gurion Airport upon the flight’s arrival and will include: Yesh Atid Chairman MK Yair Lapid, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky; World Chairman of KKL-JNF Danny Atar; Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau, Israel Scouts Chairman Eli Ben Yosef, El Al Deputy Director of International Affairs Stanley Morais, and Nefesh B'Nefesh Co-Founders Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart.

201 new immigrants arrived in Israel on the fourth of July, and in December, 20 lone soldiers immigrated to Israel.