Nefesh B'Nefesh reports receipt of over 900 immigration applications in less than a month

Israel immigration group Nefesh B’Nefesh reports highest number of applications since its founding.

Marcy Oster, JTA ,

Olim arrive in Israel with Nefesh B'Nefesh
Olim arrive in Israel with Nefesh B'Nefesh
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Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that helps North Americans immigrate to Israel, said it has received the highest number of applications since its founding nearly two decades ago.

In the first half of June, over 900 applications were submitted to the group for making the move to Israel, or aliyah, compared to 399 in June 2019.

The organization, in conjunction with The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel (KKL) and JNF-USA, has scheduled 14 group flights for North American Jews moving to Israel this summer. It signed a contract with El Al Airlines to provide the flights.

Last week, Israeli Immigration Minister Penina Tamanu-Shata (Blue and White) told the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs that Israel can expect the arrival of 90,000 immigrants, or olim, by the end of 2021, compared to 35,463 in 2019.

The French news agency AFP reported that since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, there have been three times as many requests for aliyah from French Jews as there were last year.

Nefesh B’Nefesh was founded in 2002.



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