THRIV­ING OLIM

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

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

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