During the flight of the «Foundation of friendship» from Ukraine arrived in Israel 45 families, 30 of them children and teenagers. The youngest immigrant is 9 months, and the oldest 88 years old. The most popular city among immigrants in Haifa. There is located 34 new Israeli. Jerusalem marking 50 years since the unification of the city, will take 8 returnees.
«My father survived the Holocaust, and he always dreamed about a family reunion in the promised land. I’m glad to fulfill his dream and located in the heart of the spiritual city of Israel, in Jerusalem. My daughter took gymnastics in Ukraine, and we hope that it will be able soon to join the Israeli team and to contribute to the development of local sports,» says Natalia, one of the 167 immigrants, landed Tuesday in Israel.
Since in 2014, the organization «Foundation of friendship» began independently to bring the immigrants to Israel, with the help of the «Fund» repatriated 7600 Jews from 19 countries. In view of the difficult economic situation of immigrants, the «Fund» allocates 800$ each adult immigrant and$ 400 for each child, in addition to the regular benefits new immigrants from the Ministry of absorption. In addition, the first six months in Israel, immigrants are escorted by the coordinators of the «Foundation of friendship».
The President of the «Foundation of friendship», Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein: «We always welcome the arrival of new immigrants to Israel. «Foundation of friendship» helps immigrants not only in the countries of origin before repatriation, but on arrival in Israel, helping them for six months is better absorbed in the economic and social aspects. Repatriation is the engine of the Israeli economy and of the Zionist movement. Contribution to new immigrants will come true repeatedly. I’m glad we had the honor to contribute to this movement».