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900 Jews Make Aliyah During March Despite Coronavirus

Some 900 new immigrants have arrived in Israel since the beginning of March 2020, despite the coronavirus crisis the Jewish Agency has said, with 1,000 expected in total before Passover. The new olim have come from across the globe, including Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Argentina, the USA, Canada, Brazil, France, the UK, South Africa, Australia and India.  The Jewish Agency has continued to bring new olim into the country in conjunction with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration. And in coordination with the Health Ministry, the Jewish Agency has implemented a comprehensive emergency procedure for the arrival of the new immigrants to Israel to safely absorb them in Israel. Practically, this means that every immigrant arriving for direct absorption is required to sign a commitment, prior to immigrating, that they will go into immediate quarantine for 14 days at a fixed location. During this period, the Jewish Agency, the Aliyah Ministry and local authorities are maintaining contact with the immigrants remotely to provide ongoing assistance. The Jewish Agency has also set up an immigration hotline based in Jerusalem but linked to several dozen location worldwide and staffed by multilingual professionals who are providing guidance and assistance to every immigrant, even before arrival in Israel. (J. Post)

"Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.  I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth." Isa. 43:5-6