Published On: Wed, Dec 24th, 2014

Ukrainian Jews Moving to Israel

Ukrainian Jews

Due to local violence and a rise in anti-Semitism resulting from Ukraine’s ongoing conflict with Russia, there has been a spike in the number of Jews who wish to immigrate to Israel from that embattled nation. The first of many flights that have been organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews called “Fellowship Aliyah Flights” to facilitate the immigration brought hundreds of Ukrainian Jews to Israel on the Seventh day of the Hanukkah holiday.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Founder and President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews stated, “The Fellowship will continue to ensure that any Jew who is in danger or who faces hardship from the violence and unrest in Ukraine will receive shelter and a home in Israel. The first Fellowship flights have opened a new chapter in our already vital and significant contribution to immigration and absorption in Israel. We thank our partners in this effort and we promise to help the immigrants in their swift and successful absorption in Israel.”

This first flight brought 226 new olim (immigrants) to Israel. The Fellowship stated that it would be the first of many which will bring thousands of Jews to Israel in the future. They are being organized in conjunction with Israel’s Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the global Ezra movement and Nativ.

Since many of the new olim are refugees from Ukraine and have suffered from the dire conditions in the country, The Fellowship said that it is also giving grants of $1, 000 to every adult and $500 to every child in addition to funding their immigration. The new olim on the initial flight were received in a formal ceremony held at Terminal 1 of Ben Gurion Airport on Monday, December 22, attended by such dignitaries as, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman; Minister of Immigration and Absorption Sofa Landver, Fellowship Founder and President, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Mr. Natan Sharansky.

Mr. Natan Sharansky, said, “We shall continue to help any Jew who needs our assistance. The important work of promoting aliyah is done thanks to the generosity of important donors, chief among them The Fellowship, headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, which has placed aliyah at the top of its priorities, and is acting in cooperation with the Jewish Agency to enable us to bring the immigrants to Israel in a concentrated manner.”

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