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New immigrants arrive from eastern Ukraine at Ben Gurion International Airport.

In the coming days, the Israel Ministry of Tourism has announced it will launch free tours throughout Israel for new immigrants, guided in Russian by licensed tour guides.

The project is part of the Ministry of Tourism’s contribution to the national effort to facilitate the integration of recently arrived new immigrants from areas of conflict, and to answer their needs to acquaint themselves with their new country.


Financed by the Tourism Ministry, it includes everything that the new immigrants fleeing the war in Ukraine would need, such as guiding and transportation from the approximately 20 hotels in which the new immigrants and those eligible under the Law of Return are staying until housing solutions can be found.

More than 160 Russian-speaking guides have registered to participate in the project, and the Ministry of Tourism intends to operate these tours for as long as the demand exists.

The tours include Israel Nature Parks and Authority sites around the country, and there is already great interest in the project from the new immigrants themselves.

New immigrants living in other accommodation are also eligible to participate in the free tours and should register by sending an email with their contact details to [email protected].

“The new immigrants who have recently arrived in Israel from the areas of conflict are going through a difficult period. Therefore, if we have the ability to provide them with a positive experience and to acquaint them with our beautiful country, then that’s a blessing,” said Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov.

“As someone who made Aliyah to Israel, I know how challenging that first period in a new, unfamiliar country can be, and how much you yearn for activities in a language you understand. This is what we can provide.

“During the pandemic, the tourism industry was the first to close and the last to open, but now, when people are in genuine distress, the industry is immediately coming together to offer a helping hand to the new immigrants.”


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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.