British graduates join Israeli Foreign Ministry

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2012

Two Oxford University graduates from London have joined Israel's Foreign Ministry after gaining experience on a high-flying interns' scheme.

Danielle Abraham, from South Woodford, and David Goodstone, from Finchley, are recruits of the Israel Government Fellows programme, which offers work placements in Israeli ministries to diaspora Jews under the age of 30.

Ms Abraham has been made a polic


Final stops before making aliyah

By Jay Grenby, March 8, 2012

As a pre-aliyah treat, a Hendon 72-year-old enjoyed a sentimental tour of some of her favourite London haunts on a red bus hired by family members.

Some three dozen relatives from the capital and Manchester set off with Helen Ginsbury from Golders Green, among them Hendon Synagogue's Rabbi Mordechai Ginsbury, who is one of her sons.

The route incorporated places of personal interest, includi


'Zionist' has become a dirty word

By David Aaronovitch, January 12, 2012

The other day, on other pages, I took a blast at the more unlikely supporters of Republican presidential candidate, Ron Paul. I wrote what was true, that Paul was part of an extreme isolationist and anti-government tendency on the US right, and one that had flirted extensively with folk possessing dodgy views on questions such as race.

Among the more hostile responses was a common theme.


Fears over aliyah scholarships as Jewish Agency cuts cash

By Nathan Jeffay, January 5, 2012

There is concern in Israel's Ministry of Immigrant Absorption that it may have to scale back or disband a programme that ensures free university tuition for young immigrants.


'Boost aliyah to balance Arab growth'

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

Aliyah from the UK, after slumping to barely above 300 in 2003, has been steadily rising throughout the decade and is set to exceed 800 for a second successive year in 2011.

But it is still not high enough, says the chairman of the World Zionist Organisation, Avraham Duvdevani.

The veteran Zionist was visiting London over the weekend to launch a new WZO project to encourage more immigration


Aliyah up 20 per cent over year

By Nathan Jeffay, September 27, 2011

They are surprising statistics given that Israel is facing growing antagonism internationally.

The last year has been a remarkable one for aliyah, with the immigration rate rocketing by a fifth, according to figures just released by the Jewish Agency.


Our hard Jewish lives - a snapshot from abroad

By Brian Davis, September 12, 2011

Recently 100 young people from around the world gathered at the New North London Synagogue and Warwick University, for Machol Europa, a series of courses and workshops organised by the Israeli Dance Institute. They took the opportunity to reveal what Jewish life is like in their countries.

Luciane Bleivis, aged 35, from Sao Paulo, Brazil


Witness in limbo over aliyah bid

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

A British Jew who is hoping to make aliyah to Israel has told of his frustration with delays to the process - caused because he is in a witness protection programme.

The man, whom the JC has agreed not to name, said he was "in limbo" because red tape caused by his identity change has led Israeli authorities to make additional checks on him, stalling the process.

It is now more than a year si


WZO chief makes case

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

A leading member of the World Zionist Organisation has been overseeing plans in the UK to promote aliyah and encourage Israelis to return.

Menachem Lebovic, deputy chair of Keren Kayemet Le'israel, said he hoped to "close the deal" shortly on opening an aliyah centre here.

Nearly 800 people make Aliyah from Britain annually. In 2005, the figure hit a low of under 350.


ZF to lead aliyah push

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

The Zionist Federation hopes to launch its first campaign encouraging British Jews to make aliyah, historically promoted by the Jewish Agency.

Last year JA chair Natan Sharansky announced last year that he hoped the JA would make "Jewish peoplehood" its main aim rather than aliyah .