By Cnaan Liphshiz.. BERSHAD, Ukraine (JTA) — At first glance, this drab town 160 miles south of Kiev seems nearly identical to the settlements that dot the poverty-stricken district of Vinnitsa. Shrouded in a seemingly permanent cloud of smoke from wood fires — still the standard means of heating here — Bershad, population 13,000, features two rickety bridges over the polluted (and presently frozen) Dokhna River, roads traversed by Soviet-era clunkers and an utter absence of street lights. [Photo top right: Exterior of Bershad synagogue] (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Aliyah’
In Reversal, Israel to Allow Nine Venezuelan Jews Entry on Condition of Second, ‘Symbolic’ Conversion
By Zoë Miller.. After a special Knesset meeting brokered by The Jewish Agency, three Jewish families from Venezuela are heading to Israel. After an “emotional” and special Knesset hearing, The Jewish Agency worked out a deal with the Israeli government that enables a group of nine Jewish Venezuelans entry into the country, representing a reversal of a decision to bar their immigration earlier in January (2017). (more…)
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “And the inhabitant of this coast-land shall say in that day: Behold, such is our expectation, whither we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Ashur; and how shall we escape?” Isaiah 20:3. Election Day in America (Tuesday November 8, 2016) was delayed one week this year, resulting in a remarkable confluence of events that at first glance seem insignificant, but taken all together contain a message that Jews in America should seriously consider: it’s time to move to Israel. [Photo top right:New immigrants from USA and Canada salute and hold up Israeli flags as they arrive in a special “Soldier Aliyah Flight 2013” on behalf of the Jewish Agency and the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization, at Ben Gurion airport in central Israel, on August 13, 2013. A group of 125 young new immigrants from the USA and Canada arrived in Israel on August 13, 2013 on a special “soldiers flight”, to recruit into the IDF. (Photo: Yossi Zeliger / FLASH90)
Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/78333/hidden-election-day-message-american-jews-move-israel-now/#4gKjqe8wyogzxdSF.99] (more…)
By Ye En Jung.. “Now Hashem said unto Avram: ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto the land that I will show thee.” Genesis 12:1. There is not one country in the world that is not affected, either directly or indirectly, by terrorism and war. However of all places, we know that it has hit the Middle East the hardest. Radical shifts of foundational plates such as politics, government, and economy in the Middle East has collapsed the once-flourishing modern cities that sustained millions of people. (more…)
Outrage Over Special Labeling for French Passports of Jews on Aliyah; Residence Listed as ‘Israel/Palestinian Territories’
By Ruthie Blum.. Prominent Jews expressed outrage this week (June 8, 2016) over new French Foreign Ministry “software” that lists the residency of French citizens who made aliyah as “Israel/Palestinian Territories” in their passports. “Grotesque” is how Nidra Poller – an American Jewish intellectual who has been living in France for more than four decades — described the move. “French citizens living in Israel have to move over and make room on their passports for those Palestinian territories that the French pretend to cherish,” she told The Algemeiner. (more…)
By JTA.. “In Israel, we don’t feel threatened with imminent violence. The feeling of security with our police and army plus unity of the population reinforces the generalized feeling that we are not alone.” For four years, llana Lerner Kalmanovich rode a hot and crowded bus three hours each day to reach the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where she was pursuing degrees in physical education and nutrition. (more…)
By Israel Today.. The life of the majority of the Ethiopian Jews is characterized by social and economic challenges. This holds true for both, the new Ethiopian immigrants arriving nowadays and Ethiopians who immigrated decades ago and for their children as well.
The biggest waves of immigration were back in the 1980s and 1990s which peaked during operation “Solomon” (1991). Still, the ongoing economic hardship can be seen in the fact that about half of the 125,000 Ethiopian Israelis live under the poverty line. One reason for is that once they arrived in Israel they didn’t have any family to support them and were therefore, economically and financially left on their own. (more…)
By C4I International.. The international version of the Israel & Christians Today newspaper of April 2015 has been released. The main purpose of Israel & Christians Today is to explore the relationship between the Church, the nations and Israel (the Jewish people) from a Biblical perspective. The newspaper takes the position that God is faithful to His promises and that the restoration of the nation of Israel in our generation is a sign of Hope for the Church of the Coming of the Lord. Our message is intended for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to discover God’s promises for the Jewish people and the Church and the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy of which we are called to be part. (more…)
By Israel Today Staff.. Was it another of US Vice President Joe Biden’s now infamous verbal gaffes when he told American Jews last fall that they will ultimately be safe only in Israel? At a time when Western nations are trying to convince their Jewish populations to stay amid rising anti-Semitism, it seems incredible that America’s #2 would essentially warn his nation’s Jews to flee.
By JPost.. “Today, as Christian organizations help us save Jewish lives every day in Ukraine, it is particularly important to show our appreciation,” Natan Sharansky says. The Jewish Agency for Israel honored several Christian groups for their role in aliya operations from Ukraine during a ceremony in Jerusalem on Wednesday (February 25, 2015). Groups honored for assisting the Jewish Agency include The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Ebenezer International, Ebenezer Hilfsfonds Deutschland, Ezra International, Christians for Israel, the Patmos Foundation, One Mission, and the Kim Clement Center. (more…)