Youth Aliyah's new needs

By Barry Toberman, February 13, 2014

Youth Aliyah Child Rescue gave a generous nod to its past and an emotive look at its present as it celebrated its 80th anniversary with a gala dinner at London's Guildhall on Tuesday.

The past was represented by guest speakers Yisrael Meir Lau, Israel's former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, and Knesset Member Shimon Solomon.


France chief: we can’t be seen as ‘fascist Zionists’

By Natasha Lehrer, January 10, 2014

It cannot be easy being a Jewish leader in France. Aliyah is soaring alongside unemployment, and with comedian Dieudonné’s Nazi-style quenelle salute making international headlines, there is a sense that anti-Jewish feeling is on the rise again.


Aliyah News: UK beating Europe as place to call home

By Nathan Jeffay and Simon Rocker, January 2, 2014

Aliyah experts agree that the improving economy and lowering threat of antisemitism in Britain is leaving it well ahead of its European neighbours as a place for Jews to live.

The latest figures from the Jewish Agency for Israel for 2013 show that while aliyah from the UK dropped by 27 per cent, across Western Europe it grew by 35 per cent.


Teach your children to make aliyah, MK urges

By Simon Rocker, December 24, 2013

An Israeli MK called for higher aliyah from Western countries at the Limmud conference today.

American-born Rabbi Dov Lipman, who entered the Knesset earlier this year as a member of Yair Lapid’s new Yesh Atid party, said: “I am not a person who says that every single person should drop everything and move… But I do believe we should be raising our children to move to Israel.”


Court refuses aliyah for child sexual assault accused

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 1, 2013

Israel’s Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling to deny aliyah rights to a British Jew who fled to Israel to escape his UK trial for sexual offences against children.


British migrants to Israel stay clear of settlements

By Simon Rocker, September 30, 2013

British immigrants to Israel are far less likely to settle in the West Bank than American Jews, according to a new report on aliyah from the UK published today.

Whereas just five per cent of British olim have opted to live in Judea and Samaria, the American rate is 18 per cent.


My mother’s singular aliyah

By Angela Epstein, September 18, 2013

It was, by all accounts, a “highly irregular” state of affairs. The business of assessing new Israeli immigrants, said the woman from the Interior Ministry, needed to be conducted from her office. Anyway, she had an aversion to hospitals.

But something clearly fluttered in this woman’s Jewish soul. And with only a little persuasion, she agreed to bend the rules.


Joy and pain as last Ethiopians make aliyah

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

A small group of toddlers are singing a Hebrew nursery rhyme in a room filled with Israeli posters. Their teacher asks them in Hebrew to point at their tummies, then their noses and their ears.

It could be any kindergarten class in Israel, but this Africa and these children are part of the last group of Ethiopian immigrants to be brought to Israel.


Thousands of Israelis flock to Germany in reverse exodus

By Monica Porter, August 12, 2013

Daniel Barenboim, celebrated musical genius and Israeli citizen, has admitted that he feels more at ease in Germany than in Israel. He has been running the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra since 1992, and lives in a villa near the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, where the Nazis devised their Final Solution.

What, you might ask, is this Jewish treasure playing at?


Jewish Agency setting up network for gay olim

By Simon Rocker, August 1, 2013

The Jewish Agency is setting up a network for new gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) olim at the initiative of a British immigrant.

Roy Freeman, 40, who is originally from Luton, moved to Israel last year after spending 11 years in Australia, where he chaired an LGBT group Dayenu in Sydney.