New York – July 4 – Gabriella Katz, 19, a Southfield, Michigan local was one of over 200 North American immigrants to move to Israel last week, July 4, on a chartered Nefesh B’Nefesh flight, the organization responsible for removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of immigration to Israel.
The charter flight took off from JFK Airport and is in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel and JNF-USA.
Gabriella will be moving to Givat Shmuel, close to Tel Aviv. She recently spent a year and a half in Israel at Midreshet Harova, a seminary located in Jerusalem. She’s looking into attending either the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya for school or Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan.
Last week’s planeload of Olim is the first of two Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flights this summer, which, along with 11 group Aliyah flights and Olim arriving independently on a daily basis, will bring over 2,000 Olim making Aliyah through Nefesh B’Nefesh this summer from North America.
Attached please find a photo of Gabriella and her parents just before she boards the Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight at JFK Airport. Photo credit to Nir Arieli, courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh.
About Nefesh B’Nefesh (www.nbn.org.il)
Founded in 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel and JNF-USA is dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah from North America and the UK by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of Aliyah. The support and comprehensive social services provided by Nefesh B’Nefesh to its over 50,000 newcomers has ensured that 90% of its Olim have remained in Israel.