Face­book group eases the way to­wards aliyah

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

BRI­TISH YOUNG pro­fes­sion­als are be­ing en­cour­aged to pre­pare for life in Is­rael by join­ing a so­cial me­dia site which pro­motes aliyah.

Set up by for­mer Union of Jewish Stu­dents’ pres­i­dent Joe Tarsh, the Young Olim 2014 Face­book page has at­tracted sub­stan­tial in­ter­est in the nine months since it was launched.

Al­most 60 Bri­tish Jews have joined — with 25 due to leave for Is­rael this sum­mer. Ten mem­bers de­parted ear­lier this year, with the re­main­ing mem­bers due to fly to the Holy Land be­fore the end of 2014.

Leeds-born Han­nah Gil­more, 21, said she was look­ing for­ward to liv­ing in a pre­dom­i­nantly Jewish coun­try.

She said: “I feel there are a lot more op­por­tu­ni­ties in Is­rael for young Jewi s h girls. Plus, I feel a lot more at home and safer there.”

Oth­ers mak­ing aliyah plan to join the Is­raeli army, com­plete in­tern­ships, or join yeshivas.

“There are a lot of us young Brits mov­ing out at the mo­ment,” group mem­ber Ey­tan Halon, 23, from Chea­dle, said. “I stud­ied law and French at Birm­ing­ham. It was a long four years and now the only thing left to do is make aliyah.” Par­ents of group mem­bers said they were ac­tively sup­port­ing their chil­dren’s plans to leave Bri­tain — with many say­ing they hoped even­tu­ally to join them.

Ro­nen Feiner, 22, orig­i­nally from Edg­ware, north-west Lon­don, madealiyahlast­month af­ter com­plet­ing a six­month in­tern­ship run by the Jewish Agency and Is­raeli govern­ment. He said: “It is great to have this group — we can make con­nec­tions be­fore we even get to Is­rael.”

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