Some 200 new immigrants and participants in Jewish Agency teen programs will land in Israel tomorrow (Thursday, September 1) aboard three flights, two from Ukraine and one from Germany, organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with Keren Hayesod-UIA, Christians for Israel, and Ebenezer International.
The three flights from Ukraine and Germany include both immigrants and participants in The Jewish Agency’s Selah and Na’ale programs for Jewish teenagers from abroad. The individuals aboard the flights hail from some 30 cities and towns across Ukraine and Germany and the mean age is 17 1/2. Ukraine was the second-largest source of Aliyah (immigration to Israel) in 2015, with some 7,000 immigrants, compared to 2,000 just two years prior. Most of the new arrivals from Ukraine have been coming from the embattled areas in the eastern part of that country. Aliyah from Germany, though smaller in scale, has also seeing a significant increase, rising 50% last year. Some 85% of the German Jewish community is made up of individuals who immigrated to that country from the former Soviet Union. Many of the young families making Aliyah tomorrow will spend their first six months in Israel living on kibbutzim as part of The Jewish Agency’s First Home in the Homeland program.