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.


Israeli premier needlessly offended European Jews

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's call on Sunday for a "mass-immigration" is a direct extension of his personal belief that he is the "representative of the entire Jewish people".

That is how he described his role at an election event with French-speaking Likud members two weeks ago.


In France, soldiers replace pupils

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

It has been a time of change for Isaac Touitou, headteacher of the Daniel Mayer-Montreuil ORT school. He has lost 30 pupils who have made aliyah to Israel, but in the past fortnight he has gained nine new recruits - soldiers.


Stop wave of French aliyah, says Burg

By Nathan Jeffay, January 29, 2015

As Israel braces itself for a rush of French Jews claiming automatic citizenship rights, one of the most famous dual Israeli-French figures has said they should be stopped.

Former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg, an ex-chairman of the Jewish Agency, this week told the JC that Israel should abolish the Law of Return legislation that ensures automatic citizenship for all Jews and only guarantee citi