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Russian Aliyah Spikes Sharply in 2022

November 18, 2022

by: JNS

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Ukrainian Jews arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport

Friday, 18 November 2022 | More than four times as many persons made aliyah [immigrated to Israel] from Russia in the first 10 months of 2022 than in all of last year, according to Ofek Israeli—The National Aliyah Promotion Company.

A total of 32,494 Russian citizens immigrated to Israel under the Law of Return this year compared to around 7,800 in all of 2021.

In addition, 14,450 people from Ukraine, 3,280 from North America, 1,957 from France, 1,750 from Belarus and 1,474 from Ethiopia made aliyah so far his year. A total of 493 Jews moved to Israel from the United Kingdom, 1,000 from Argentina and 411 from South Africa.

By mid-November, around a total of 61,000 immigrants had arrived in Israel in 2022, more than twice the 27,057 who came last year.

Next week in Ashdod, Ofek Israeli will host a conference for hundreds of emissaries. These emissaries work with Jewish communities worldwide and are in charge of the aliyah process there.

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While we praise the Lord for the homecoming in fulfilment of His word, these new olim (immigrants) face a very difficult journey ahead. Many of them never planned to leave their home countries, but are now forced to flee the Ukraine or Russia with nothing. They now have to learn Hebrew, and then only can they start looking for a job in order to start building a new life from scratch. It is our honor and privilege to come alongside these new Israelis, blessing them with food so that they can support their families while they focus on learning Hebrew and finding a job. Your donation to our New Immigrant Fund will help us offer these new olim with the safety net they need to survive and thrive in Israel. It will also show them that they are not alone, that Christians from around the world care for them and want to see them succeed.

Posted on November 18, 2022

Source: (This article was originally published by Jewish News Syndicate on November 16, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90/jns.org

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