Every story has a starting point. Don’t start with the Russian capture this week of two (or three) Ukrainian ships and the injury to three (or six) Ukrainian sailors.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has brought 330 Jews from Ukraine to Israel. The olim (new immigrants) arrived against a backdrop of increasing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. A number of the immigrants have experienced economic hardship since fighting between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists broke out in 2014.
In an increasingly popular tradition, thousands of (mostly) Hasidic pilgrims make their way to Ukraine for Rosh Hashanah. This year, it was estimated that more than 30,000 of them made their way to the central Ukrainian city of Uman. They go to pray at the graveside of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov – founder of the… Read more »
It has been apparent for the last few years that Israel is experiencing a tourism boom – and the latest figures from the country’s Ben Gurion International Airport support this. According to Globes, August saw a record 2.7 million arrivals and departures – the airport’s busiest month in its history and a 10-percent increase on August 2017.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ/The Fellowship) organized two flights this week from Ukraine to bring 400 olim (new immigrants) to a new life in Israel. It brings to more than 1,000 the number of new immigrants that the IFCJ has facilitated making aliyah (literally elevation).