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.


Special aliyah flight to Israel brings 106 children

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2013

A record number of children landed in Israel today as part of a unique aliyah programme.

The 106 children, from North America, arrived at Ben Gurion airport this morning as part of a Jewish Agency for Israel mission to facilitate the move of olim.

Gilad Shalit, a former IDF soldier and captive, welcomed the new arrivals on the so-called “Children’s Aliyah Flight”.


No more aliyah delays, British families are promised

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

British Jews planning to make aliyah this summer have been told that there will be no more disruptions resulting from industrial action by Israeli Foreign Ministry staff.

The Jewish Agency for Israel informed new immigrants that it has “found a temporary solution to the problem which will involve bringing the olim to Israel as tourists and changing their status in Israel”.


British families hit by aliyah delay

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2013

British Jews making aliyah this summer are facing delays and confusion because of industrial action by Israeli Foreign Ministry staff and “a total lack of communication” from the Jewish Agency in this country.

Employees at Israeli embassies around the world are into the third month of a dispute about pay and have suspended consular services, including the issuing of visas.


Israel's population reaches eight million on the eve of independence day

By Zoe Winograd, April 15, 2013

Israel’s population has reached eight million on the anniversary of its 65th year of independence.

According to a report released on Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics, th e population increase d by 1.8 per cent over the last year.


Gilad Shalit tells lone soldiers they are ‘courageous’

By Anna Sheinman, January 18, 2013

Former kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit met 50 lone soldiers in Jerusalem on Thursday and told them they were “courageous and admirable”.

Lone soldiers are young men and women who have made aliyah from countries all over the world without their families and joined the army.


Last Ethiopian Jews in Gondar start to arrive in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, October 30, 2012

A group of Ethiopian Jews have arrived in Israel nearly 30 years after the first operation to bring members of the community to the Jewish state.

The arrival of 240 members of the Falash Mura group marks what is set to be the final chapter in the story of the Ethiopian Jewish community.


Israel emigration taking off again after 12-month lull

By Simon Rocker, June 21, 2012

Aliyah from the UK appears to be making a recovery after a dip in the figures last year.

Compared with 852 Britons who went to Israel in 2009 and 788 in 2010, only 562 made the journey in 2011.