Founded in 2002, the mission of Nefesh B’Nefesh is to make the Aliyah process easier,
facilitate the integration of new Olim into Israeli society
and to educate the Jews of the Diaspora
as to the centrality of Israel to the Jewish People.
By removing professional, logistical and financial obstacles,
and sharing the Aliyah story of Olim actively building the State of Israel,
we encourage others to actualize their Aliyah dreams.
We are dedicated to making each Oleh, and every Aliyah, a success.
Tony GelbartCo-Founder & Chairman
Rabbi Yehoshua Fass
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Erez HalfonVice Chairman
Nefesh B’Nefesh Milestones
Nefesh B’Nefesh was founded by
Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Yehoshua
Fass, with the mission to revitalize
North American Aliyah. NBN
celebrated the arrival of its first
chartered Aliyah flight that summer.
An unprecedented Israeli Government
cabinet decision supporting private Aliyah
organizations was passed, instituting
State funding for Nefesh B’Nefesh.
In response to requests
from British Jewry,
Nefesh B’Nefesh expanded
its services to the United Kingdom.
In cooperation with
the Legacy Heritage Fund,
The Physician Aliyah Fellowship
was launched to help better
integrate physicians into the Israeli
With the support of Nefesh
B’Nefesh, a Knesset
lobby was established to
encourage Aliyah from
Nefesh B’Nefesh and the Jewish
Agency for Israel entered a
strategic partnership creating a
“one-stop-Aliyah-shop” for North
Americans making Aliyah.
Nefesh B’Nefesh and the FIDF
partnered to help provide
comprehensive support services to
North American and British Lone
Soldiers serving in the IDF.
NBN & FIDF launch the International
Lone Soldier Program.
NEGEV & GALIL
Nefesh B’Nefesh & Keren Kayemeth
LeIsrael create a partnership for
increasing Aliyah to build vibrant,
sustainable communities throughout
the North and South of Israel.
June 2012 - Go North- Phase II
June 2012 & March 2013
Nefesh B’Nefesh and Jewish National
Fund USA forge partnership to further the
development of Israel’s periphery, and
enhance JNF vision
of Israel excellence.
Nefesh B’Nefesh's 50,000th Oleh
is welcomed by Israel President
Reuven "Ruvi" Rivlin.
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