My boy's small, thin Israeli barmitzvah

By Jo Sugarman, October 21, 2016

I have a confession to make. I'm not great at making a simcha.

You'd imagine I was an expert after two, but then we made aliyah and making the third in Israel was a somewhat different experience.

In the UK, I book my venue two years in advance.


Hungarian MP who hated Jews makes aliyah

By Petru Clej, September 28, 2016

A former far-right Hungarian MP who was a rabid antisemite before discovering he was Jewish is making aliyah to Israel, where he wants to contribute to the fight against Jew-hate around the world.

In an interview with the Israeli daily Ma'ariv, Csanad Szegedi, 34, said he had submitted his emigration papers for himself and his family, wife and two children.


New Knesset group to address difficulties faced by Anglo olim

By Daniel Sugarman, August 4, 2016

There is a perception among Jews from the English-speaking world that living in Israel is difficult. But a new group in the Knesset is looking to change that with the launch on Tuesday of a caucus specifically intended to support English-speaking Olim.


Youth Aliyah success story comes to dinner

March 10, 2016

A graduate of Youth Aliyah's Mechina project in northern Israel was among the 450 guests at the Youth Aliyah Child Rescue gala dinner in central London on Tuesday.

Ethiopian-born Solomon Lawee went on to become a high ranking IDF officer, in charge of 120 soldiers.


British aliyah up 25% in a rise steeper than in terror-struck France

By Simon Rocker, January 14, 2016

The number of UK Jews who emigrated to Israel in 2015 rose by almost 25 per cent on the previous year, making it the third highest aliyah figure in a decade.

According to the Jewish Agency, 774 Jews left Britain for Israel last year, up from 627 in 2014. The figures are preliminary and could be revised upwards.


European aliyah? Bring it on, says Silvan Shalom

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2015

Israel’s deputy Prime Minister has hinted that more European Jews should be making aliyah.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Interior Minister, made the comment while speaking at an ORT UK round-table lunch in London last Friday.


Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.


Israel beats UK and US in world happiness rankings

By Shira Rubin, April 28, 2015

Israel ranks as the 11th happiest country in the world - ahead of the US, at 15, and the UK, at 21 - according to the 2015 World Happiness Report published last week.


Was Netanyahu right to urge mass-immigration to Israel?

By Uri Dromi, February 19, 2015

It is too easy to dismiss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appeal for a "mass-immigration" of European Jews to Israel, following the recent terrorist attacks, as another one of his election campaign gimmicks.


UK leaders reject Bibi aliyah call

By Naomi Firsht, February 19, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call for mass aliyah has been rebutted by Jewish leaders in the UK.

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said: "We are very happy when Jews from any country settle in Israel. But they should not go out of fear.