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September 27, 2016 / 24 Elul, 5776
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One-Third of Plane of ‘Olim’ to Enlist in IDF

The good news is that 338 more American Jews are moving to Israel. The and news is that 5 million are not.
Yankees President Randy Levine and wife Mindy, center, at Yankee Stadium with young men and women planning aliyah and service in the IDF.

Yankees President Randy Levine and wife Mindy, center, at Yankee Stadium with young men and women planning aliyah and service in the IDF.
Photo Credit: Shahar Azran, courtesy Nefesh B’Nefesh

The next batch of new immigrants – “olim”- from the United States is scheduled to land at Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday morning, and 108 of the 338 newbies are planning to enlist directly into the IDF.

The charter flight by the Nefesh B’Nefesh group will fly 37 families, including 107 children, all of whom will be greeted by Israel’s new President, Reuven Rivlin, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, among other officials.

Aliyah form the United States and Canada is co-sponsored by the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah, the Jewish national Fund (JNF) and the “Tzofim garin Tsabar” movement that oversees the enlistment of olim ready to start out their lives in Israel as soldiers.

New York Yankees president Randy Levine treated 40 of the prospective new soldiers to a baseball game as a going-away present.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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