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.
EXPANSION TO UNITED KINGDOM
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 medical system.
With the support of Nefesh B’Nefesh, a Knesset lobby was established to encourage Aliyah from western countries.
Nefesh B’Nefesh and the Jewish Agency for Israel entered a strategic partnership creating a “one-stop-Aliyah-shop” for North Americans making Aliyah.
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.
INTERNATIONAL LONE SOLDIERS
NBN & FIDF launch the International Lone Soldier Program.
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.
Nefesh B’Nefesh's 50,000th Oleh is welcomed by Israel President Reuven "Ruvi" Rivlin.
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