Global Aliyah Up 55 Percent, Due Largely to Increased Immigration from France, Ukraine
Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky announced that global aliyah is up 55%, due largely to dramatic increases in immigration from France and Ukraine. Speaking at the opening plenary of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors’ June meetings in Jerusalem, Sharansky announced that The Jewish Agency estimates French Aliyah will surpass 5,000 individuals by the end of 2014 – an all-time record and a full 1% of the 500,000-person French Jewish community. Never before has such a large proportion of a Western Jewish community made Aliyah in a single year.
Chairman Sharansky said “Never in the history of the State of Israel has there been a Jewish community in the free world that has sent such a large proportion of its Jews to Israel. We cannot take responsibility for the fact that so many Jews and so many French young people in general are leaving France, but the fact that Israel has become the number one destination for young French Jews is a testament to our success in connecting them to the Jewish state.”