200 Olim from France arrived to Israel    

on  11/07/2017 
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The flight was made possible by KH-UIA in Taiwan.

​The largest Keren Hayesod-Jewish Agency flight of olim from France this summer has landed at Ben-Gurion Airport. The flight was made possible by the devoted leaders and supporters of Keren Hayesod-UIA in Taiwan.
The airport welcome ceremony for the 200 olim, the new immigrants, featured the theme “Israel Mon Amour” or “Israel My Love”. It was a true expression of the love that these newest Israelis have for their new country and that the people of Israel have for them.

Addressing a special welcome ceremony at a massive El Al hangar at the airport, Keren Hayesod-UIA’s World Chairman, Eliezer (Moodi) Sandberg spoke of how moved he was at the sight of the arrival of the newcomers. “I look at you and I see the future of the State of Israel and the Jewish people,” he said. “Keren Hayesod is here to support and assist,” Sandberg declared.

The Keren Hayesod World Chairman also paid special tribute to the leadership and supporters of the Keren Hayesod campaign in Taiwan for making the flight possible through its financial support.
Sandberg spoke of the historical confluence of events that the arrival of the olim represents.Taiwan is in the east and France in the West. “Israel is the heart in the middle,” he said.
For his part, the chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky, spoke of the occasion as a reason for celebration. Addressing the olim, he said: “You came here to build a future for your children, for your families, but you are also building a future for the Jewish People.”

A special highlight of the ceremony was the presence of guests from Keren Hayesod Taiwan. Clearly moved to be present, the founder and CEO of Keren Hayesod Taiwan, Anna Shen, told the olim “you are very precious.” She spoke of the beginnings of Keren Hayesod’s presence in 2011 in Taiwan, with 30 members. In the few short years since, she said, the campaign has grown to 80 members and more than 500 supporters. “This is your home,” she said.
The olim were also treated to a performance by the Aborigine children’s choir of Taiwan, which sang in Hebrew and English.

Then one of the families of olim, the Sitbon family of Paris, represented all of the newcomers and were the first to be presented with their Aliyah certificate. The ceremony was concluded with the singing of Hatikvah, which the new olim were singing on their first day as Israeli citizens.

 
 

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