Lead role in Israel for UK-trained guide dog

By Jay Grenby, December 23, 2008

A golden labrador trained in the UK for the Israel Guide Dogs for the Blind Centre has “made aliyah”.

Minty was put on to an El Al plane at Heathrow by Gill Stoller, the Pinner Israel Action Group member who has taught and cared for her for the past year.

In Israel, she was handed over to her new handlers by fellow Pinner Synagogue member Hilary West, who had volunteered to oversee Minty’s transfer while on a trip to visit her daughter.


Family blasts ‘racist’ Israel over aliyah wait

By Simon Rocker and Michael Levertov, November 27, 2008

A black family from South London who converted to Judaism spoke this week of their exasperation at being kept waiting more than a year to go on aliyah.

Carl and Maleka Levy and their five daughters had hoped to move to Ashkelon in August 2007, but Israel's Ministry of Interior has so far failed to approve their application.

Since their situation was first reported in the JC last November, the family had refrained from further comment, but now they have broken their silence.


Nefesh’s 15,000th oleh

July 18, 2008
Aliyah organisation Nefesh b’Nefesh brought its 15,000th new immigrant to Israel last week in an event broadcast for the first time as a live webcast. Two-hundred olim from the United States and 30 from Britain were welcomed at Ben-Gurion airport.


Leaders to make aliyah

July 18, 2008

Four leaders of Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror are setting an example to the rank-and-file by making aliyah.

Dan Filson, Dan Conn, Tash Abramson and Deborah Brown plan to start an “urban kibbutz” in Tel Aviv. Mancunian Mr Filson, a 23-year-old Leeds University graduate, said he was motivated “to help Israel become the best country it can be”.

Mr Conn, 23, also from Manchester, is planning a more ambitious journey — a sponsored cycle to raise money for Darfur refugees in Israel.


Driven duo take the vintage route to new life in Israel

By Leon Symons, May 30, 2008

Yaniv Cohen and Ali Singer are making aliyah in style by driving a 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith saloon to their new homeland as part of the JNF’s London-Jerusalem car rally. But the pair’s epic journey was almost over before it had begun.

Mr Singer, a 28-year-old Londoner, was responsible for getting the vehicle to the starting line.

But unaccustomed to the fuelling requirements of a vintage Rolls-Royce, he ran out of petrol on the way to the start and only just made it to the ferry in Dover with the 25 other entrants.


The Zionist leader heading for Zion

By Leon Symons, May 9, 2008

At an age when many would consider retirement, 65-year-old Andrew Balcombe is to join the ranks of the long-distance commuters.

The chairman of the Zionist Federation is making aliyah this week — but is continuing in his communal role. He will have completed his first two-year stint but plans to stand again when the post comes up for election in September.

“I will be travelling back and forth between Israel and Britain, but it won’t be as often as some people who do it weekly,” said Mr Balcombe. “In fact, I and my wife Jean feel privileged to be going to Israel at this time.


What Chanie’s journey to aliyah says about racism

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2008

Our correspondent, recently back from Ethiopia, sees Israel’s treatment of the Falashmura as a symptom of the mess that is aliyah

Chanie Tewabe Baruk left Ethiopia three weeks ago for a Jewish Agency absorption centre in the Galilee. As a Falashmura, the descendant of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity but kept some kind of connection with their Jewish relatives, the life-long Christian will receive full Israeli citizenship after he undergoes a ten-month conversion procedure.


Elan and Josh Miller abandon London to volunteer in the IDF

By Candice Krieger, April 25, 2008

The North-London brothers have left their London life behind to join the Israeli Defence Forces — and fulfil a long-standing dream.

Elan and Josh Miller from Hendon, aged 20 and 19 respectively, are volunteering as fighters in the Israeli army. Elan, who arrived in Israel two years ago, is now a qualified tank driver, while Josh, who moved in September 2006, is a foot-soldier in the Golani brigade. They both plan to make aliyah.


Brown praises head

By Jay Grenby, April 25, 2008

Tributes from Gordon Brown and Ed Balls to Wolfson Hillel Primary head Sharon Margolis were read out at a retirement lunch for Mrs Margolis, who has left the Southgate school after 15 years.

Praising the commitment and vision of Mrs Margolis, Mr Brown wrote that “at Wolfson-Hillel, you have built up a great school”. In his message, Mr Balls, the Education Secretary, noted that “the excellent facilities and reputation the school now enjoys is due to your leadership skills”.


Come back home, Israel tells expats

By Dana Gloger, April 11, 2008

Israelis living in the UK are being encouraged to return to live in Israel this year, for the country’s 60th anniversary.

The Ministry of Absorption is working with the Jewish Agency to try to entice expats living in both the UK and North America.