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The Beavers family of Columbus, Ohio, among the 221 new immigrants to Israel aboard the 53rd Nefesh B'Nefesh charter aliyah flight.

“It is not a piece of cake, but it is our piece of cake,” said Member of Knesset Gila Gamliel (Likud).

En route to Israel at the same time as world powers were finalizing a nuclear deal with the terror-sponsoring nation of Iran, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor told the olim, “You are the answer.”


“You and I share a common mission: standing every day on the front lines defending Israel to those who question Israel’s right to exist. You are the answer to BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement), to anti-Semitism. … I will feel strong today when I return to the U.N.,” Prosor said.

Jewish National Fund CEO Russell F. Robinson told the group upon their landing at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, “You are sending the message of victory—the Jewish people are coming home.”

As Tracie Beavers walked up the stairs to the airport entrance, greeted by Israeli flags and cheers from Israelis who came to greet the aliyah flight, she smiled deeply. Though she said she never felt out of place as a black Jew in Ohio, in Israel she already felt “in place.”

“I am on a God journey,” she said. “Israel binds us together.”


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  1. 🙂 Great for them. And as far as the comment below, I understand that a non-Jew would not agree with the Talmud, etc., as he is a Christian, not Jewish. In the same manner, I never refer to the Torah as the “old Testament”, as it would imply there is a “new” one. To each his own. This wonderful family decided to take the plunge and become Jewish, even to the point of defending Israel. They are not doing this to “diss” anyone else, it is just what they have come to believe.

  2. Israel is the only nation state that protects and defends western civilization, democracy and freedoms. it is not cowed by the savage beasts nor is it afraid. it is ready. that's what these people know and that is why they are coming to Israel.

  3. by jewish torah G-D laws all converts are welcome but , once they convert they have to be 1000% torah followers all laws, and keep shaboot? now my question is , are they following the laws of torah? cause if u convert and dont follow ur not a jew,

  4. by jewish torah G-D laws all converts are welcome but , once they convert they have to be 1000% torah followers all laws, and keep shaboot? now my question is , are they following the laws of torah? cause if u convert and dont follow ur not a jew,

  5. Benjamin Netanyahu pledge to do everything in your power to prevent giving away even one inch of Great Israel soil to the palestines. Praise Netanyahu and Praise the Lord. The world can rest with peace of mind. No nuclear agreement with Iran to end the planet with nuclear bombs. If hamas and iran attempts to harm Israel you risking your lives. Crush all the palestines take all the necessary actions to execute ISIS come on MOSSAD. Great Israel is of JEWS never ever of idiots palestines and kick all the ISIS from our ISRAEL with Immediate effect. Wake up world! Do NOT mess with Israel, the Jewish people AND GOD. They will think twice before they attack Israel!!!! Everybody knows Israel has the capability to wipe them off the face of the earth.

  6. This is an amazing, inspiring and heart warming story. I'm also happy that they're leaving the capitol of Ohio. Other than Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, there's nothing much in Ohio. Michigan wins again!!

  7. You don’t think I am Jewish? Don’t let the papal mitre fool you. As I am a hard atheist one of my FB friends thought it would be funny to photo shop my face onto the body of a former Pope. Most people thought it was a riot so I kept it. Furthermore, I lived in Israel for over a year, and returned to my border kibbutz during the Yom Kippur War to help out. In fact, I suspect I have done more for Israel than any non-Israeli on this site. Of course, Israel under Labour was a much better country. Are you Jewish, Ellen? What have YOU done for Israel?

  8. Gilbert Wald : Sorry all Jews are Jews right wing, Left wing and in the middle.. You have had stinking comments. spread all overthe place. I agree with Ellen Francis, time show respect. We are here to solve issue not be part of the problem.

  9. Yeah, that was my question as well. Why can't they just be olim? Or, if like my husband and me, they choose to share their conversion story, why is it necessary to make an issue of their race? They're my brother and sister and nieces and nephew. Welcome home, kids!

  10. Yes. Socialist Zionists of the Labour Party, and ruled Israel for its first quarter century. David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Abba Eban. Giants, compared to the pygmies ruling Israel now. I had the privilege of living there during this period, before Israel started circling the right wing toilet bowl.

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