The summer's seventh planeload carrying Western immigrants to Israel arrived Wednesday. More than 3,000 Jews have arrived this summer from North America and England.

Wednesday’s flight included, among its 240 passengers, 70 young single men and women, 45 families and 30 retirees – hailing from 23 US states and Canadian provinces. The flight was organized, as were previous flights, by the Nefesh b’Nefesh organization, together with the Jewish Agency.

A young girl brings her own shofar, ram's horn, with her to Israel.
An IDF soldier offers to help a mother and her children with their bags.
As usual, Aliyah enthusiasts are on hand to greet the new arrivals - including 70 young single men and women.
Female soldiers watch the scores of single olim, welcoming them home to Israel.
A tiny new immigrant is thrilled to have come home.
Jonathan Stein makes his long awaited Aliyah. T-Shirt reads: Dear America, Thank you and Shalom. We have to go home now. Your friends, The Jews.

Nefesh b’Nefesh co-founder Rabbi Yehoshua Fass addressed the new immigrants, speaking about the experience of seeing Biblical prophecies being fulfilled. “Walking down the aisle of the airplane, seeing an 85-year-old and a 5-year-old share this same process; seeing a couple who survived the Holocaust filling out their paperwork; seeing single olim [Jewish immigrants] exchange numbers – it is truly a time of redemption.”

Two of the newest Israelis, Oren and Ora Nidam, “knew forever” that they wanted to make Israel their home. The couple grew up in the American Jewish heartland – Ora is from Fairlawn, New Jersey and Oren grew up in Westchester, New York. They lived in Teaneck, New Jersey, but made all their decisions with Aliyah [immigration to Israel] in mind.

Oren Nidam steps off the plane with his daughter, Kliel Amukah Tehillim (which means 'Vessel of G-d, the depths of Psalms.'
Ora Nidam with her five-week-old.

Now, with their two-year-old daughter Kliel Amukah Tehillim and five-week-old son Nachman Mizmor L’David, they have finally made it. Ora says she looks forward to acclimating to both life in Israel and two-child motherhood simultaneously in their new hometown – Jerusalem.

Over the past four years since its inception, Nefesh b’Nefesh has steadily increased the numbers of immigrants it has helped move to Israel. As crowds of soldiers, well-wishers and Aliyah enthusiasts cheered for the new arrivals, Rabbi Fass promised to bring unprecedented numbers home next summer.

Grandparents join dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Israel. The sign reads: 'And the Grandparents shall return to their borders,' - a play on a Biblical verse.
The mother of Maayan Naim (right), a 19-year-old woman killed in a terror attack, holds two-year-old Maayan Naim Leubitz - named after her daughter. She immigrated to Israel Wednesday with her parents from Teaneck, NJ.
The pilots, moved by the experience, look on and take pictures using their cellular phones.
A woman is moved to tears as she witnesses a lifelong dream being actualized.
Aliyah doesn't mean you have to leave your pets - they can come along.
Rabbi Fass helps one of the new olim.
The passport control booths of Terminal 1 now welcome the new immigrants.
"Welcome Grandma and Grandpa!" and "They will dwell in the land - they, their children and their children's children - for all eternity..."

(Photos: Yishai Fleisher and Ezra HaLevi)
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