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125 would-be IDF soldiers jet in from the US

Nefesh B’Nefesh flight brings 330 new immigrants to Israel including more than a hundred who will head into the army

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A Nefesh B'Nefesh flight welcome ceremony in Ben Gurion airport, August 13, 2013. (screen capture: Nefesh B'Nefesh)
A Nefesh B'Nefesh flight welcome ceremony in Ben Gurion airport, August 13, 2013. (screen capture: Nefesh B'Nefesh)

A Nefesh B’Nefesh flight arrived in Israel on Tuesday morning bringing hundreds of new immigrants from North America to the country, including 125 young men and women who will join the Israel Defense Forces.

A specially charted Jumbo jet brought 41 families along with their combined 88 children, and 47 singles. Ninety-two of the immigrants will be moving to Israel’s periphery.

The new arrivals were met at the airport with a large welcoming ceremony attended by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset MK Penina Tamnu-Shata (Yesh Atid) and Head of IDF Manpower Directorate, Major General Orna Barbivai.

The group is part of the Nefesh B’Nefesh program, a non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 in order to help North American and British Jews make aliyah (immigrate to Israel).

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