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Aliyah Jumps by 128% in Jewish Year 5782, Setting Two-decade Record

September 30, 2022

by: Janet Aslin

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New immigrants arrive in Israel

Friday, 30 September 2022 | The final figures are in. Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has reported 63,000 new immigrants to Israel over the past twelve months. This figure sets a record for annual immigration over the past twenty years, more than doubling the number of arrivals in 2019, its closest “competitor.”

The war in Ukraine along with rising anti-Semitism around the globe are major factors in bringing these olim (new immigrants) home to Israel. An astounding 72% of the new immigrants came from the countries of Russia and Ukraine. The United States (6%), France (4%), Latin America (4%), Ethiopia (2%) and various countries (12%) comprised the remaining immigrants.

More than half of these new Israeli citizens will enter the workforce and become contributors to the nation once they have completed the absorption process and become proficient in Hebrew. An article by the Jewish Press cited data from the Ministry of Immigration showing that 63% of them are of working age. The article went on to say that over the past ten years, 14,000 doctors and health care workers along with 11,500 teachers and 25,000 engineers have arrived in Israel.

Aliyah (immigration to Israel) has had its ebbs and flows over the years. Even with a record-breaking year, more than half of the 15.2 million Jews live outside the State of Israel. A recent report showed 47% of the total Jewish population worldwide call Israel home. Aliyah is not finished.

The situation remains dire for the Jews in Russia. The Jerusalem Post reported that 40,000 have already received their immigration visas, with another 15,000 in varying stages of the aliyah process. The challenge is how to get these future citizens from Russia to Israel since there are a limited number of flights between the two countries. Nevertheless, Israel is committed to finding a way to bring them home.

On October 2, Minister of Finance Avigdor Liberman and Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata will bring a plan before the Cabinet that addresses the details for the return and absorption of these Russian Jews. In the words of Tamano-Shata, “The State of Israel serves as a safe haven for every Jew in the world including the Jews of Russia.”

Since its re-birth in 1948, Israel has embraced Jews from around the world. When David Ben-Gurion read the proclamation of statehood, these words rang out, “The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles…” Circumstances have not changed from that date—5 Iyar 5708 until today, 5 Tishrei 5783.

The State of Israel remains committed to be a “safe haven” for the Jewish population of the world.

Posted on September 30, 2022

Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 30, 2022)

Photo Credit: Michio Nagata/bridgesforpeace.com

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