Photo Credit: Shahar Azran
The Lamm family at Newark Airport before their Aliyah flight, July 27, 2021.

172 Olim landed this week on four Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah Flights, in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, and JNF-USA.

These flights are arriving during a record-breaking summer of Aliyah, with an expected arrival of 2,000 Olim. This incredible spike comes as a result of the increase in Olim who applied for Aliyah during 2020. Over 14,000 Aliyah applications were opened last year, the highest recorded number of Aliyah applications the organization has experienced since its founding.

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As of June 2021, over 1100 people have made Aliyah, with 2000 additional Olim expected over the summer months. Nefesh B’Nefesh is anticipating surpassing the total number of Olim who arrived in all of 2020 by September of this year. In addition, over 4300 Aliyah applications have been submitted in 2021, already exceeding the total number of applications submitted in 2019 (the year before the Covid-19 pandemic).

“With the many changes people have faced over the past year and a half, causing them to rethink their approach to family, community, and employment, Aliyah has become more attainable than ever before,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “We are seeing how these shifts, while fundamentally difficult, are enabling more and more people to consider Aliyah today. It is amazing to see how the increase in applications has had tangible results, showing that people are making the necessary decisions and putting their Aliyah at the forefront.”

The Olim on this week’s group flights were comprised of 172 individuals, the oldest of whom is 87 years old and the youngest being a 6-month-old girl. They hail from New York, New Jersey, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ontario and will be moving to Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Modiin, Kiryat Gat, Ra’anana, and Netanya. Among the Olim who arrived this week were 12 medical professionals including four physicians, in addition to several lawyers, accountants, engineers, and educators, all eager to join and contribute to the Israeli workforce.

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