Aliyah Testimonies

Operation French Kiss: 200,000 French Jews Planning Aliyah

JNI Media

Well before the Paris terror attack and the recent incidents in which Jews across France have been attacked by violent Muslims, many French Jews were already considering Aliyah to Israel.

According to a survey's findings, as many as 43% of French Jews are planning to make Aliyah. The survey was conducted among 724 French citizens who define themselves as Jewish and have at least one Jewish parent. Read More


3 Reasons to Make Aliyah...and Stay

Rachel Bresinger | Jerusalem Post

If I told you that living in Israel was easy, I would be lying. Prices for basically anything from groceries to cars to apartments are sky high. Salaries are generally much lower compared to other countries for the exact same positions. There is the security situation and the fact that we don't know if a war will break out from one day to the next. Some days living here can be very difficult.

Despite these challenges, I don't regret making aliyah for a minute. In fact, I count making aliyah as one of the best decisions I have ever made. But with the daily grind of life here, sometimes it is easy to lose sight of what make Israel so special. Thus, I have come up with a list of three reasons why I made aliyah and continue to love life in Israel. Read More

Why Make Aliyah

Yoel Meltzer |

Roughly 15 years ago I made a personal decision to leave the comfortable lifestyle and familiar surroundings of America in order to settle down and build my life in Israel.

I believe the greatest potential for a Jew to be in tune with his real self, to live his life according to his true inner voice, is here in the Land of Israel. In this respect there is absolutely no comparison to anywhere else in the world. As great as America might be, and I say this as a former American who has nothing but fond memories of the US, the best home for a Jew is in the Land of Israel. It's really that simple. Read More


Immigration to Israel rises among boomers, young adults

Maayan Jaffe |

"I want to be a part of something greater than myself," says 24-year-old Ron Nahshon of New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, who is preparing to move to Israel this summer with his wife Sara.

Born in Israel, Nahshon's parents (who made aliyah themselves) left Israel when he was only 1. Raised in the Conservative movement, he describes his upbringing as "Zionist" and says his parents infused "a love of the land" into their home. Later, Nahshon became Orthodox and attended Yeshiva University. Over the past several years, he has been investing and saving to prepare for aliyah. Read More

Latest Wave of North American Aliyah Brings 59 Lone Soldier Recruits

Raphael Poch

232 new immigrants to Israel from the US and Canada landed in Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport in the latest North American wave of aliyah. Included among the inspirational Zionists are 59 young adults who are leaving their families and friends behind in order to enlist in the IDF and protect their brand-new homeland.

The new lone soldiers – IDF recruits who immigrate from outside Israel and usually have no family in the country – will join 3,650 lone soldiers from around the world who currently serve in the IDF. The number of active lone soldiers has increased 22 percent in the last year. Read More

Aliyah from Western Europe hits all-time high

Dr. Ruchama Weiss, Rabbi Levi Brackman | Jewish World

Jewish immigration to Israel from western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, a leading nonprofit group reports.

The Jewish Agency, which works closely with the Israeli government and acts as a link for Jews around the world, reported that 9,880 western European Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015 - the highest annual number ever. Read More



About Restoration Israel

Restoration Israel is an outreach of Cyrus Foundation, a non-profit Christian organization designed to encourage and assist Jewish people from North, Central and South America to make Aliyah to Israel. We work to bridge the gap between Jews and Christians—bringing understanding and reconciliation—that we might work together.

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Restoration Israel/Cyrus Foundation
P.O. Box 271693
Fort Collins, Colorado 80527-1693
+1 970-223-3307



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