(JNS.org) Two-hundred new Jewish immigrants from France arrived in Israel Monday in the largest aliyah flight from Europe this summer.
The group of immigrants includes 74 children and teenagers under the age of 18. The youngest immigrant is less than 3-months-old, and the oldest is a 92-year-old widower.
Israel’s Immigration Absorption Minister Sofa Landver praised the latest wave of French immigration as “a Zionist and principled aliyah that has contributed and will continue to contribute greatly to the state of Israel,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
The Israeli Health Ministry recently recognized French medical degrees. In the past, non-recognition of those degrees presented an obstacle to immigration for medical students and practitioners from France.
Further, The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government recently spearheaded an initiative to ease French Jews’ immigration and their integration into Israeli society. The initiative includes cultural and educational programs, counseling, the elimination of bureaucratic roadblocks to employment, and an increase in the number of Jewish Agency representatives in France.