Jewish Agency Hosts Olim Farewell Receptions in USA, Estimates 15% Increase in Aliyah for '09

June 17, 2009 / 25 Sivan 5769

The Jewish Agency for Israel hosted Aliyah farewell receptions in New York Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco for members of the community who will be immigrating to Israel this summer; farewell receptions will be held in July in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto.

The Jewish Agency estimates that 2009 will see an increase of 15% in the number of North Americans immigrating to Israel. A 12% increase has already been documented for the first third of 2009 (January through April) compared with the same period in 2008. The summer months generally see the largest numbers of olim.

Across the country, Jewish Agency Aliyah Shlichim are hosting farewell receptions, in partnership with Nefesh B’Nefesh, local community Federations and the Israeli consulates to honor those who will be moving to Israel this summer as new immigrants.

At the event in New York, attended by over 200 olim Sunday (June 14), several participants spoke of their personal journey which brought them to the decision that now was the time to move. In San Francisco, the soon-to-be new immigrants were individually recognized at the annual Israel in the Garden festival for northern California. In Washington DC, an event with nearly 100 was held at the Embassy of Israel.

The economic situation was a factor for many in the timing of aliyah, contributing to the rise this year in the number of olim, according to Liran Avisar, head of the Jewish Agency Aliyah delegation to North America. “These are people who always had the dream of making aliyah, and if they have to start now from the beginning, they want build their lives in Israel.”

Saying goodbye, Olim & Jewish Agency Shlichim: Jewish Agency Aliyah olim farewell receptions held in (from top): New York City (North American Aliyah Delegation head Liran Avisar emceeing before a packed room of 200), Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco.

For further information contact:
Michael Jankelowitz,
Liaison to the Foreign Press, Jewish Agency for Israel
Mobile: +972-52-6130220
Voice-mail: +972-2-620-2780 




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