Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2015

232 new Immigrants-Olim from the United States and Canada head to Israel today

Among them are 59 olim who will begin new lives as ‘lone soldiers’ in the Jewish State

Jewish-Immigrants- Jews olim to Israel

232 new immigrants (or Olim) from the United States and Canada will depart to Israel today, Aug. 17, from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on a Nefesh B’Nefesh charter Aliyah flight.

Fifty-nine of the inspiring young men and women on board will volunteer for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as Lone Soldiers — young people who left behind their homes, families and friends – in the coming months.

They will join the 850 lone soldiers from the U.S., and the 2, 800 lone soldiers from around the world, who are currently serving in the IDF. Nefesh B’Nefesh, in cooperation with Friends of the IDF (FIDF), cares for thousands of lone soldiers serving in the IDF through the Lone Soldiers Program, which offers guidance, and support, for all lone soldier immigrants during each stage of their service: pre-immigration, pre-recruitment, during active military service, after release from the army, and during adjustment to civilian life.

The passengers on this special flight include 29 families with their 75 children as well as 9 couples and 86 singles.

 

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