Aliyah March Gladness
With incredible events across North America and Israel, March 2019 has been an action-packed month for Nefesh B’Nefesh. Here’s a round-up of highlights of our activities in Israel and abroad for March 2019.
11th Annual Aliyah Mega Event
This month’s Mega Event in Teaneck, NJ was a huge success, as we helped 946 prospective Olim get the best possible advice and guidance to prepare for Aliyah. The informational sessions were packed, the vendor fair was bustling, and it was so rewarding to see over 130 medical professionals begin the process of transferring their medical licenses, allowing them to hit the ground running when they make Aliyah!
On top of the Aliyah excitement, it was our honor to host World Chairman of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, Danny Atar as he announced KKL’s exciting new “2040 Plan,” a vision for expanding Israel’s north and south with new residents. We can’t wait to help this program flourish and grow.
We were so pleased that our dear partner, Russell F. Robinson, CEO of the Jewish National Fund-USA, together with Director of the Jewish Agency’s Aliyah and Immigration Divistion, Yehuda Scharf, were on-hand to meet the future Olim. We were honored to have Consul General of Israel in NY, Dani Dayan; Director General of the Negev and Galilee Development Ministry, Ariel Mishal; Executive Vice President and CEO of JCRC, Michael Miller; Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington office of JNFA, William Daroff.
“It has been an amazing experience for us to have hosted our first Mega Event in New Jersey,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “Nefesh B’Nefesh is constantly striving to create accessible ways for potential Olim to explore their options and take those additional small steps toward fulfilling their Aliyah dreams. By bringing the Mega Event to New Jersey we were excited to have reached even more local Aliyah-minded individuals.”
The New Jersey Mega Event was the first of six Aliyah events that took place throughout North America this month. Aliyah Talks & Fairs took place in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley and special financial planning workshops for families and retirees, as well as Aliyah Dollars & Sense seminars in Montreal, Toronto and Fort Lauderdale.
IZI AWARD CEREMONY
Nefesh B’Nefesh together with the Steinmetz Herskovitz Family Fund honored the twelve winners of our 2019 “Initiative for Zionist Innovation” (IZI). The initiative was created to support Olim committed to strengthening and improving their communities. This year’s finalists include a hackathon for Olim in tech, an art therapy studio in Haifa, a peer connection program for Anglo women touched by cancer, and more. It was an incredible and inspiring event that helped honored some of our hardest working Olim. A full list of the winners and their initiatives can be found here: www.nbn.org.il/izi
Through IZI, Nefesh B’Nefesh hopes to encourage Olim with a passion for community building and integration to pursue their creative ideas. Through mentorship, networking assistance, seed funding and logistical support, Olim will have an opportunity to help grow communities throughout the country and effect change within Israeli society.
NBN NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
Every month we highlight great Aliyah stories, practical tips for living in Israel on and Olim finding success and fulfillment on our Facebook page and Instagram. Check out some of our recent videos below.
Mazal tov to Grace and Raymond Arking on their Aliyah. After years of visiting their son, 3 daughters, mother, brother, and many other relatives here in Israel, they finally fulfilled their dream of aliyah, joining their family here in Israel. ברוכים הבאים and welcome home!
Check out the the album including the picture of all their grandchildren in Israel!
Former NBA star makes Aliyah
Look who’s #OfficiallyIsraeli! Amar’e Stoudemire former NBA star turned Israeli basketball player.
The new Israeli posted this on his social media: “History being made !! B”H. Dual citizen ????.
I’m filled with emotions right now. This is a dream come true for me, and I have many people to thank today. First and foremost I would like thank God… I want to thank the the city of Jerusalem, Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club fans and team for letting me into your family….”
United we craft
Due to missile attacks in southern Israel many schools canceled classes. In the morning we at NBN Go Beyond-South opened their doors to and invited Be’er Sheva Olim with young kids to join them for crafts, pizza, and a movie at our office, letting them have some fun and their parents a much-needed break!
Group Flight – March 5, 2019
Welcome home to the 34 new Olim who arrived on the March 2019 group Aliyah flight!
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