JERUSALEM – This afternoon (Thursday, July 17), 430 new immigrants who arrived in Israel last night from France received their te'udot zehut (Israeli ID cards) at a moving ceremony held by the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption and The Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem.
Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky, Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef, and Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yafo and former Chief Rabbi of Israel Yisrael Meir Lau addressed the festive gathering.
2014 has seen a dramatic increase in Aliyah (immigration to Israel) from France, with approximately 2,600 French Jews arriving in Israel during the first six months of the year, compared to 812 during the equivalent period in 2013. 3,289 French Jews immigrated to Israel in all of 2013, compared to 1,917 in 2012 – a 60% increase. The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption expect the number of French immigrants to Israel to top 5,000—a full 1% of the French Jewish community—by the end of the year.