(JNS) The 41st and final Nefesh B’Nefesh group flight of 2020 landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Dec. 30 with forty eight new immigrants joining the three thousand one hundred and sixty eight individuals who made aliyah from North America in the last year since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since January, new olim have most often hailed from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, California, Florida, Texas and Ontario, Canada.
In the past year, eight hundred and eleven families chose to move permanently to Israel, along with one thousand and thirty two singles and three hundred and thirty two retirees. Some sixty one physicians and one hundred and city eight medical professionals arrived, most joining the frontlines in Israel’s fight against COVID-19, as well as there hundred and ninety young men and women who stepped off the plane with the goal of serving Israel as lone soldiers.
“As we look back at the challenges everyone faced in 2020, we are proud of what we have accomplished together,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “We look forward to watching olim grow and build their new lives in Israel.”
The major cities in Israel chosen as new homes to olim were Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beit Shemesh, Ra’anana, Haifa, Herzliya, Netanya, Modi’in and Beersheva. Arrivals most commonly worked as educators, physicians, nurses, social workers and lawyers, as well as in the fields of marketing, sales and business. The average age of a new immigrant in 2020 was thirty, with the oldest being a ninety seven-year-old and the youngest just a month old.