Three planeloads of Ukrainian Jews expected in coming weeks
Three planeloads of Ukrainian Jews sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews will land in Israel in the coming weeks, The Jerusalem Post learned on Sunday.
According to IFCJ founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the new immigrants will each receive a monetary payment from the interfaith group as well as help in navigating Israeli bureaucracy and job placement services once they arrive.
Eckstein, whose organization is currently running a refugee facility in Zhitomir for Jews who have escaped the rebel cities of Luhansk and Donetsk, said that many of those who had escaped the Moscow-backed insurgency, expressed a desire to emigrate.
“Many of them have said ‘okay a week ago I wasn’t ready to go on aliya, now I am,’” he said, claiming that Ukraine’s worsening economy and the doubts that many refugees have about being able to safely return to their homes has contributed to increased interest in coming to Israel.
“I am hoping to double the number of immigrants coming from the Ukraine this year over last year,” he said. The IFCJ wants to “get as many people to Israel while the iron is hot and to make it as easy and as user friendly as possible.”
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“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone.
I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.
I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel.'”
(Ezekiel 37:21-22, NIV)