Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that assists Jews immigrating to Israel from North America, is promoting Aliyah to Southern Israel via its 'Go South' program. Director Ravit Greenberg recently told United With Israel that the mission of the Go South Program is to "raise awareness among potential immigrants before they move to Israel that southern Israel is an excellent choice".
Since time immemorial the Jewish people have had a continuous presence in the land of Israel and contrary to anti-Israel arguments, the Jewish people were returning to settle the land of Israel hundreds of years prior to the rise of the Zionist movement.
United with Israel is proud to introduce a new feature called "The Faces of Israel". Each week we will present you with stories about Israelis coming from different walks of life. We think you will enjoy learning about the lives of special people who are privileged to live in the Land of Israel. Ben Halpern, age 23, a native of Baltimore, MD and a friend of this author, has just decided to make Aliyah to Israel and is presently living in Jerusalem.
Flora Cohen presently lives in Nahariyya, Israel. She has three children and 16 grandchildren. However, she was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco. Flora was born and spent her childhood living under French colonial rule. Under French rule, Flora claims that Morocco was a modern European state, full of cafés. However, in other respects, the Moroccans did not enjoy the same opportunities that the Europeans did. Furthermore, living as part of the Jewish minority there was not easy, since being a Jew was a dirty word both in French and Arabic.
A subject that has fascinated historians for centuries up to today is the community of Ethiopians calling themselves the 'Beta Israel', who claim to be descendants of ancient Israelites and have customs described in the Hebrew Bible.
Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Shlomo Amar, met with a group of 274 Bnei Menashe Olim Chadashim (new immigrants) who recently arrived in Israel, in order to congratulate them. The Bnei Menashe, who used to live in India along the border with Bangladesh and Burma, were ecstatic to be living in Israel. The Bnei Menashe literally greeted the Chief Rabbi with singing and dancing. Organizers from Shavei Israel, an organization dedicated to assisting members of Lost Tribes who decide to return to Israel and Judaism, claimed that it was a proper welcome from a group of people who traces their ancestry back to when the Ten Northern Tribes were expelled from Israel by the Assyrians 2,700 years ago.