Nefesh B’Nefesh hosted an event at Park Mini Israel on Sunday afternoon, open to all past Nefesh B’Nefesh Olim during the last week before school begins in Israel.
The first-ever “Aliyah Tovah” event offered both new and veteran Nefesh B’Nefesh Olim the opportunity to explore Israel’s culture and history through the sites of Park Mini Israel and enjoy a variety of activities for all ages. This event celebrated the high number of Olim who made Aliyah this past summer. It was facilitated in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah & Integration, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel (KKL), and Jewish National Fund-USA.
“These post-Aliyah events are a crucial part of what we do to continuously support our Olim, regardless of whether they made Aliyah 18 years ago or 18 days ago,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “We design our post-Aliyah programming to promote integration into the Israeli social sphere and to help Olim expand and deepen their social ties with other Anglos so they can develop support networks within their communities.”
With over 2,200 Olim in attendance, this event provided families with the perfect opportunity to get out with their children during the last week of Summer, when there are few camps still running and school has not yet begun. A similar end-of-summer event for young professionals and lone soldiers and bnot sherut will be taking place at the Tachana Rishona in Jerusalem on September 13th at 11:00am. To view a full calendar of Nefesh B’Nefesh events, please see: https://events.nbn.org.il/
Founded in 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel and the Jewish National Fund-USA is dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah from North America and the UK by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of Aliyah. The support and comprehensive social services provided by Nefesh B’Nefesh to its nearly 60,000 newcomers has ensured that 90% of its Olim have remained in Israel.