Israel immigration fair attracts record crowd, organizers say
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Israel immigration fair attracts record crowd, organizers say

Nefesh B’Nefesh claims unprecedented interest expressed by American Jews in moving to Jewish state

Attendees pose for a photo at Nefesh B'Nefesh's Israel Mega Event in Manhattan, New York on February 27, 2017. (Shahar Azran/Nefesh B'Nefesh)
Attendees pose for a photo at Nefesh B'Nefesh's Israel Mega Event in Manhattan, New York on February 27, 2017. (Shahar Azran/Nefesh B'Nefesh)

A record crowd of 1,500 people attended a Nefesh B’Nefesh fair in New York for those interested in moving to Israel.

The Israel Mega Event, as the program was billed, was held Sunday at John Jay College in Manhattan. The event, in its ninth year, was organized in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA.

The high number of participants, Nefesh B’Nefesh said in a statement, indicates “a record-high interest in Israeli immigration from the United States.”

Nefesh B’Nefesh is a non-profit that assists Jews in the process of making aliyah, the Hebrew term for immigrating to Israel.

Immigrant and Absorption minister Sofa Landver addresses a crowd at Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Israel Mega Event at John Jay College in Manhattan, New York on February 27, 2017. (Shahar Azran/Nefesh B’Nefesh)

Israel’s minister of immigrant and absorption, Sofa Landver, was on hand.

On Monday, Israeli opposition head Isaac Herzog called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to establish an “emergency national program” to prepare for a “waves” of Jewish immigration, amid a series of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and France.

The program included over 50 sessions, workshops and one-on-one meetings with Israeli organizations and aliyah professionals on topics ranging from buying a home in Israel to education to professional licensing.

Additional aliyah fairs are scheduled to be held in Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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