I write in response to the recent article, We need a new deal for British olim ( JC, Sept 24). It states that more than 70 per cent of US and Canadian olim return to their country of origin and assumes the UK figures are similar. In fact, according to our figures, over 90 per cent of these olim remain in the country and are thriving here. Western olim are contributing to the Israeli economy and boosting Israel’s culture and society in all fields of endeavour.
Nefesh B’Nefesh was founded on the basis of assisting olim from the pre-aliyah stage and throughout their acclimatisation into the Israeli state. For the past 13 years, we have worked hard to meet potential olim in all of the three states we service, as well as accompany them throughout their career and employment seeking tracks as well as via the hundreds of post-aliyah programming we run in order for the olim to have a sense of network and support.
It is certainly unfortunate when aliyah does not work out and one feels disappointed by their experience. But one unsuccessful aliyah is not a representation of the thousands of olim who are living happy, thriving and fulfilling lives in Israel. Dov Newmark, Director of UK Aliyah Nefesh B’Nefesh Edgware, Middlesex