Though Israel’s under fire, the Ben-Atia, Eisenberg, Mann, Mizrahi, Musayov, Pfeffer, Pollack, Sutton, Vahava, and Heinberg families head undeterred to the Jewish State
New York, July 21 – Despite the tense security situation, a charter flight of Nefesh B’Nefesh took off today for Israel with 228 North American Olim (new immigrants), including 29 families and a remarkable 100 children (39 girls and 61 boys). The flight was facilitated in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA.
Among the Olim making Aliyah (moving to Israel) today are Zoya and Rami Musayov with their children David, Eliyahu, Moshe, Sarah and Yehuda, from Rego Park, New York.
This summer 2,000 Olim are expected to make Aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh on eight different flights, including two charter flights in July and August, each with about 250 Olim. Since the beginning of the year, about 1,600 Olim made Aliyah with the organization. Since 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh has brought nearly 40,000 Olim to Israel from the U.S., Canada and England in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency and JNF.
“There’s nothing more uplifting than witnessing 100 children making Aliyah with their parents, especially during such a challenging time,” said Co-Founder and Chairman of Nefesh B’Nefesh, Tony Gelbart. “These children are the future of the State of Israel and it is our responsibility to make sure Israel welcomes them with open arms and help them make their dreams come true.”
Attached please find a photo of the Musayov family from today at JFK airport moments before they boarded the plane. Photo credit to Shahar Azran.
About Nefesh B’Nefesh:
Founded in 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with the Israeli government and The Jewish Agency for Israel, is dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah from North America and the UK by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of Aliyah. The support and comprehensive social services provided by Nefesh B’Nefesh to its 40,000 newcomers, has ensured that 90% of its Olim have remained in Israel. www.nbn.org.il