Within the last decade, noted Rabbi Fass, the trend in aliyah has been toward younger, single olim, ages 18 to 30, who are not necessarily coming to Israel for ideological or religious reasons.
The Bnei Menashe claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, who were sent into exile by the Assyrian Empire more than 2,700 years ago.
“The group of young olim arriving today will ... be part of the modern-day miracle of the Jewish people returning to the Jewish homeland."
Israel is home to the world’s largest Jewish community (more than six million Jews) followed by the U.S. (5.7 million).
We are destroying the terrorist tunnels, and in contrast, we are building these tunnels here which shorten distances.
"They didn't come to learn about Israel, but rather about Palestine... to bash Israel on purpose, and in public."
Signaling that he understand why had been selected, Herzog told the board on Sunday: “A Jew is a Jew is a Jew, no matter his denomination or the type of kippah he chooses to wear or not to wear on his head."
Sharansky will continue his service training and supporting the Jewish Agency shlichim (emissaries).
While young people were preparing for their flights to Israel, they were asked about certain issues and policies, with their answers recorded.
The new bill seeks to permit a first-degree relative or guardian to review the adoption file of family members who have disappeared, been kidnapped or whose fate is unknown.
The 90-year-old from Oregon was honored at a May 30 event, where he was introduced as a "hero of Israel and the Jewish people."
Venice Chief Rabbi Rabbi Bahbout disregarded the status quo and declared that he would convert people from all over Italy in his court, including those who had been rejected in the courts in Milan and Rome.
The 51-year-old billionaire received his blue Israeli identity card (teudat oleh) under Israel's Law of Return after having applied for citizenship last week while still abroad.
Abramovich is Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (which is allied with Putin's administration). He is a trustee of the Moscow Jewish Museum, and he donates money to the Chabad movement.
"Lone new immigrants should not be discriminated against, they should receive the full rights that are granted to new immigrant families and couples."
This is the fifth year of the Bonei Zion Awards, which recognizes outstanding Anglo Olim who have made huge contributions in their fields.
Jonathan Pollard is still on very restricted conditions at his home in New York after receiving parole following incarceration of 30 years on a single charge of espionage for an ally.
On their first date, 45 years ago, the main topic of conversation for Yisrael and later his wife, Bella, was how much they would both like to live in Israel.
A 2013 study showed that one out of every four Birthright participants marries another Birthright participant.
Confined in Jerusalem to her apartment, she spent her time creating an Israeli flag from her bed sheets. She sewed on a six-pointed star and colored the flag’s stripes with a blue crayon.
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He urged Israeli leaders to "do what is right according to Jewish Law... History has proved that negotiations with a government training its citizens to kill all Jews is useless."
"This prize also goes to [wife] Avital and to all the Aliyah activists and Prisoners of Zion in the Soviet Union who fought valiantly for the right to immigrate to Israel."
Prior to Aliya in 1986 Sharansky was best known for his time in Soviet prisons after his arrest in 1977.
Beatie Deutsch finished the Marathon in just three hours and nine minutes, beating her own estimated time for the race.
Nesya has been planning to move to Israel for some time, as she feels a responsibility to live in Israel and strengthen the country through her Aliyah.