Photo Credit: courtesy, Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh
The "Shuk Shleppers" from Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh who helped Nefesh B'Nefesh load bundles for new immigrants from Ukraine.

Anyone who paid a visit to the Western Wall before dawn on Sunday morning might have been surprised to find more than a dozen young yeshiva students praying the Vasikin service.

But staff from the Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah organization would have simply smiled.


One of the organization’s staff members is married to an alumnus of Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh in the Old City of Jerusalem – and she had reached out to the yeshiva for help with a special, urgent project.

Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh students load bags at Nefesh B’Nefesh with donated items for Ukrainian immigrants.

The aliyah organization had made a special collection for the new Ukrainian immigrants and refugees, but never expected the overwhelming response to that appeal.

A truck was scheduled to arrive at the NBN office by 7 am to take the massive amount of donated items, but at least 15 people were needed to get everything on to the truck in time.

Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh students help load bundles at Nefesh B’Nefesh for new immigrants from Ukraine.

“We got more donations that I ever imagined and didn’t know how to handle it all, but I knew I could ask Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh for help,” an NBN staffer said. “The shuk shleppers were here before 7 am and they had even davened first!”

The yeshiva students arrived in plenty of time to get the job done.

Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh student helps shlep bundles at Nefesh B’Nefesh for new immigrants from Ukraine.

“For two hours they worked non-stop in a massive – massive – room full of all good stuff for the new olim chadashim (new immigrants) arriving from Ukraine,” yeshiva administrator Rabbi Chanan Bina told

“It was a beautiful chesed from the students of Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh, who came together with Nefesh B’Nefesh for the new Ukrainian immigrants,” he said.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.