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
FOUNDED 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. January 2002 CABINET DECISION An unprecedented Israeli Government cabinet decision supporting private Aliyah organizations was passed, instituting State funding for Nefesh B’Nefesh. November 2005 EXPANSION TO UNITED KINGDOM In response to requests from British Jewry, Nefesh B’Nefesh expanded its services to the United Kingdom. May 2006 PHYSICIAN FELLOWSHIP In cooperation with the Legacy Heritage Fund, The Physician Aliyah Fellowship was launched to help better integrate physicians into the Israeli medical system. January 2008 KNESSET LOBBY With the support of Nefesh B’Nefesh, a Knesset lobby was established to encourage Aliyah from western countries. March 2008 STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP Nefesh B’Nefesh and the Jewish Agency for Israel entered a strategic partnership creating a “one-stop-Aliyah-shop” for North Americans making Aliyah. August 2008 LONE SOLDIERS PROGRAM Nefesh B’Nefesh and the FIDF partnered to help provide comprehensive support services to North American and British Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF. August 2011 INTERNATIONAL LONE SOLDIERS NBN & FIDF launch the International Lone Soldier Program. Febuary 2012 NEGEV & GALIL ALIYAH PROJECT 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 ISRAEL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE 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. October 2013 50,000TH OLEH Nefesh B’Nefesh's 50,000th Oleh is welcomed by Israel President Reuven "Ruvi" Rivlin. August 2016
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