Monthly Archives: October 2021

Aliyah (Immigration) To Israel Increases by 31 Percent in 2021

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — October 10, 2021 … Aliyah (immigration) to Israel has increased by 31 percent in 2021 with 20,360 Olim – new immigrants arriving compared to 15,598 last year, according to a report released today by the Israel Ministry of Aliyah and Integration and The Jewish Agency for Israel.

The figures come ahead of Yom HaAliyah (Aliyah Day) – a national Israeli holiday on October 13th, which celebrates immigrants to Israel from all over the world.

Israel has continued seeing a dramatic rise in Aliyah despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Israel Ministry of Aliyah and Integration and The Jewish Agency ensuring that immigration continues despite the difficulty and limitations on international travel.

Pnina Tamano-Shata, Israeli Minister of Aliyah and Integration said: “I am pleased to launch Aliyah Week for 2021 where we salute Olim for their contribution to the State of Israel. I worked in the government to ensure Aliyah does not stop for a moment – also during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns – because Aliyah is the realization of the Zionist dream. I am pleased by the tremendous increase in the number of Olim who decided to make Aliyah to Israel since the beginning of the year. We at the Israel Ministry of Aliyah and Integration will continue to work to assist Olim in the Aliyah and integration process in Israel.”

To date, more than 3,340,000 immigrants have made Aliyah to Israel since the state’s establishment. There are several events throughout this week to celebrate the contributions of Olim to the country.

The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Acting Chairman of the Executive and Chairman of the World Zionist Organization Yaakov Hagoel stated: “I’m moved by each and every Aliyah flight to Israel. Despite the challenging period and many limitations brought on by the global Covid pandemic, since the beginning of the year, there’s been a significant increase in Olim in comparison to a similar period last year. Olim from across the globe chose to come and build their future in Israel. These Olim are a strategic asset to the State of Israel and contribute to every aspect of life. We all must contribute to their integration. We are strengthened by each Oleh who comes to Israel.”

According to the new data, the largest number of Olim this year has been from Russia, with 5,075 immigrants arriving (which marks a 5% decrease from last year). 3,104 made Aliyah from the United States (with the help of Nefesh B’Nefesh) which is up 41% from the first nine months of 2020. Meanwhile, 2,819 Olim have come from France (a 55% increase), 2,123 from Ukraine (4% increase), 780 from Belarus (69% increase), 633 from Argentina (46% increase), 490 from the United Kingdom (20% increase), 438 from Brazil (4% increase) and 373 from South Africa (56% increase).

Finally, 1,589 have come from Ethiopia — compared with 285 immigrants the previous year thanks to Operation Tzur Israel, led by the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration and The Jewish Agency, which helped olim reunite with their families after decades of being apart.

More than half of the new immigrants to Israel so far this year are under age 35, with about 23.4% ages 0-17, 33.4% between 18-35, 16.3% ages 36-50, 13% 51-64 and 13.9% over 65.

As for employment, 17.3% of olim work in the service and commerce industries, 6.1% in the humanities and social sciences, 5.2% in technology and engineering, 4.2% in medicine, 3.6% in accounting and legal services and 2.7% in education.

Jerusalem has become the new home to 2,184 of this year’s new Olim, with 2,122 moving to Tel Aviv, 2,031 to Netanya, 1,410 to Haifa and 744 to Ashdod. Meanwhile, Ra’anana, Beit Shemesh, Nahariya, Beer Sheva, and Bat Yam have all absorbed more than 600-700 immigrants this year.

The Yom HaAliyah Act, (Israel Immigration Day) which was established by the Knesset in 2016, is celebrated on the seventh day of the Jewish month of Cheshvan and coincides with the Torah portion of Lech Lecha, in which God commands Abraham to go to the Land of Israel. The objective of the holiday is to celebrate the development of Israel as a multicultural, democratic society and emphasize the importance of Aliyah to Israel. 

As Israel Witnesses Decline In Serious Covid Cases, Warnings Are Issued

Israelis receive Covid-19 vaccine injections, at a vaccination center of the Tel Aviv municipality and Magen David Adom, in Tel Aviv.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency / Jewish News Agency

PM Bennett on the Decline of Serious Covid Cases:
“It is precisely now that we must be strict about the Green Pass,
be careful and not become complacent.

Jerusalem, Israel — October 3, 2021 … Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, has expressed satisfaction at the decline in the number of serious coronavirus cases. Bennett also noted good news in regards to the increase in the number of people getting vaccinated and increasing signs that the pandemic has been blocked, without the imposition of lockdowns or far-reaching restrictions on the public.

However, the Israeli Prime Minister reiterated that there is still no reason to celebrate given that efforts to block the virus are still underway.

“We are at a critical stage, with the reopening of the education system and our intention to end large-scale quarantines and move to a model of extensive testing and the quarantine of verified cases only, ” said
Prime Minister Bennett.

“It is precisely now that we must be strict about the Green Pass, be careful and not become complacent.

I call on whoever has not been vaccinated as required – do so as soon as possible!

The vaccine saves lives and the extent to which people in the country have been vaccinated is what enables us to stay open and stay functioning.”

At the ministerial committee on fighting the coronavirus (the Corona Cabinet) Bennett stated:

“I am pleased to see everyone after the holidays and pleased as always that we will hear from everybody.

Friends, the news is good. We have started to block the Covid Delta strain but it would be very dangerous now to let down our guard. It is precisely when this wave of the virus is starting to subside, that we must do everything to make sure there is no resurgence.

We must continue to tightly manage the situation and not convey to the public that masks may be taken off, rather the opposite. I feel that in recent days the public has begun to understand the policy that the government has been leading since the outbreak of the Covid Delta strain.

Israel and the economy staying as open as possible, large-scale testing, large-scale vaccinations and booster shots, close and dynamic management of the situation and personal responsibility by citizens.

The next and most urgent task in my view is to finish as quickly as possible with the large-scale quarantines at schools. Children need to be in school not on Zoom or in quarantines that are not urgent.

Parents need to be able to go to work and families need stability. They need to know what is happening tomorrow morning.

Therefore, we have thoroughly studied what they are doing in Britain, Germany and the United States, I say here clearly: Large-scale quarantines in the education system need to end as quickly as possible.

Israel is currently preparing the infrastructure for the millions of antigen tests that will make this possible. We will monitor the pilot program and additional pilot programs that have started in recent days, and we will make decisions shortly.

Other matters that we will discuss are the vaccination campaign in the Arab sector, in which we need to increase the scope of inoculations, which is the main challenge at the moment.

Also, looking at the ‘day after’, cautiously: How can Israel enter routine, in the shadow of a global pandemic, without dismantling everything and without complacency. What happened – could happen again.

Israel will also prepare for variants that do not exist yet, what we call ‘Omega’, or a variant that bypasses the vaccines, which is the worst possible scenario. But even in such a situation, we as a country will not close up shop; we need to know how to manage things. Anything can happen.

And of course, we will continue to take care that our warehouses remain full and that there are always enough vaccines and drugs in stock.

The work being done is very good. I would like to commend the Israeli health establishment personnel who are on the front lines every day, in the hospitals, the HMOs, in the health ministry itself and in general all those are involved from all of the various government ministries. This is truly a multi-dimensional campaign and it seems to me that we are now seeing the light at the end of tunnel.

We must not be complacent. We cannot let down our guard. We now need to accelerate the pace of vaccinations.”