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ICEJ Aliyah: India & Belarus

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1 Aug 2017 (All day)
ICEJ Aliyah: India & Belarus


The ICEJ-assisted Aliyah for the Bnei Menashe – the secluded Jewish Community in northwestern India – passed the 1,000 mark, right in time for a young Bnei Menashe IDF soldier to be honored by the Israeli President for his service. Staff Sergeant Eliezer Menashe was recently invited to President Rivlin’s Jerusalem residence, where he was awarded the President’s Medal for Excellence, along with other outstanding soldiers from the IDF.

Twenty-two-year-old Eliezer made Aliyah in 2010 at age 16. He presently serves in a combat unit of the Golani Infantry Brigade. Doing so, he follows in the footsteps of older siblings, who have also served in the IDF; his older sister was the first female from the Bnei Menashe community to complete military service. Eliezer thus continues to meet the high standards set by his family and the broader Bnei Menashe community.

The ICEJ is proud and pleased to have a stake in the return to Israel of this dedicated and patriotic Israeli population group. Thanks to the support of many Christians from around the world, the ICEJ provided airfare to Israel for these Jews from the remote Indian region.

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Facing many hardships in their country of residence, Belarussian Jews are ready to come home. The ICEJ stands ready to help them every step of the way - in Belarus as well as in Israel.

The ICEJ has been active in Belarus since 2006, providing secure transportation to the airport for over 4,000 people, as well as hospitality as needed along the way. The first historical record of a Jewish community in Belarus dates back to Brest-Litovsk in 1388. In 1791, Catherine the Great forced the Jews of Belarus to live in the Pale of Settlement. But Belarussian Jewry survived and multiplied, growing to 750,000 by the end of the 19th century.

In the run-up to the Russian revolution, Belarussian Jews were particularly hard hit by pogroms, leading many to flee to the West and home to Israel. Further hardship occurred, during the Holocaust, when Belarussian was one of the main locations of the Nazis’ Final Solution. More recently, following Ukraine’s civil war, oil prices dropped sharply, halving the real value of the Belarussian ruble and throwing the economy into crisis. The protests and resulting government crackdowns, along with growing tensions with Russia, contributed to a climate of fear.

Aliyah to Israel from Belarus has spiked in the past year and continues to increase. According to the Jewish Agency, moving to Israel has become an attractive option especially for young people, but because of low incomes Jewish families have to rely on savings and loans to make ends meet. For many of them, returning to Israel has only been made possible by Christian support.


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