A future oleh attends the very first 'Aliyah-in-One' Day which took place in Teaneck, NJ.
A future oleh attends the very first 'Aliyah-in-One' Day which took place in Teaneck, NJ.Nir Arieli

Over 350 future olim (immigrants to Israel) attended an "Aliyah-In-One" Day event, hosted by Nefesh B’Nefesh, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, in cooperation with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), and the Jewish National Fund-USA.

The first-ever event of this kind took place at the Glenpointe Marriott in Teaneck, New Jersey, and was aimed at expediting the aliyah (immigration) process for those who were already in the advanced stages of immigrating to Israel, by offering a full range of aliyah services under one roof.

In attendance were representatives from The Jewish Agency for Israel, who conducted aliyah interviews and provided the option for future olim to present original documents to complete their aliyah portfolios. Additionally, the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration held consultations to discuss services they provide, such as aliyah eligibility and statuses, programs and benefits available to new olim, and general aliyah information.

Other services which were offered at the event were fingerprinting and the ordering of identity histories and summaries for conducting US FBI background checks, and apostille authentication for US documents such as birth certificates and marital or personal status certificates.

Nefesh B’Nefesh staff also attended the event to discuss aliyah plans and provide insight into any aliyah needs, such as education, communities, employment, and more.

"I see the immense value in the connection and cooperation between all the parties involved in the encouragement and acclimation side of the aliyah process. Each respective organization plays a unique role and adds its own nuance to the aliyah journey. I commend Nefesh B'Nefesh and The Jewish Agency for Israel on the 'Aliyah-in-One' event, which fulfills this vision and creates a connection between all of these organizations in making aliyah accessible and as seamless as possible," said Minister of Aliyah and Integration, Ofir Sofer (Religious Zionism).

"I returned from my first visit to the USA and Canada last month. During this trip, I met with a warm and strong Zionistic community – one which is connected to and loves the State of Israel. We are currently in the process of creating a unique plan for those who wish to make aliyah from North America. I have full confidence that the cooperation that was established surrounding this initiative, will assist in the overall success of this plan."

"After working tirelessly with all our aliyah partners, it has been remarkable to see this one-stop-shop come into fruition. This first-of-its-kind event truly demonstrates the power of working together with a common goal of serving our olim as best as possible," said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. "It is inspiring to see the hundreds of future olim gathered today receive advice from top aliyah professionals, knowing that this guidance will help prepare them for successful moves to Israel."

Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog said, "The Jewish Agency is continually working to make aliyah as smooth as possible for olim from around the world. 'Aliyah-in-One' is a wonderful cooperation with Nefesh B'Nefesh and the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration that will help streamline the aliyah process for olim from the United States who want to come home to Israel."

Although Nefesh B’Nefesh aims to consistently provide support through the aliyah process, this is the first time Nefesh B’Nefesh, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, came together in North America to host an "Aliyah-In-One" Day.