Photo by Temple Beth El (San Antonio, TX)
Forty new immigrants from Iran arrived in Israel yesterday, marking this year’s emigration from Iran at 200 (up from 65 last year). The newcomers will settle in the South where they will begin Hebrew language classes and begin making the transition to an Israeli way of life.
Donations from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews will help them start their life here, as each new immigrant will receive $10,000 on top of their aliyah benefits.
It reminds me of an excerpt from a Yehuda Amichai poem, “All the Generations Before Me,”
All the generations before me
donated me, bit by bit, so that I’d be
erected all at once
here in Jerusalem, like a house of prayer…
This post updates: “Iranian Jews Offered $10,000 Each to Come to Israel.“
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews:
- Learn more about the Fellowship: “Trend Alert: Christian Philanthropy to Israel– Jewish Agency Invites Christian Members to Board”
Persian Jews and Iran:
- “Good News from the Jewish World: the Fight Against Anti-Semitism” (Iran’s favorite TV show “Zero Degree Turn” features a love affair between a Palestinian Muslim man and a French Jewish women– check out the video)
- “Favorite Israel Donation: Honoring the Memory of Fallen Soldiers” (Given by American Persian Jew Younes Nazarian to the University of Haifa)
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