For the first time in 12 years, Nefesh B’Nefesh has decided to cancel its annual Mega Aliyah event due to surrounding health concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Recent public-health developments have led the organization to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s expo, which was planned to take place on March 15 in Teaneck, N.J., where 1,250 participants from 15 states and 60 Jewish communities from across North America were expected to attend.

As an alternative, Nefesh B’Nefesh will offer broadcast sessions and presentations on an all-encompassing slate of resources for families, medical and young professionals, singles and retirees looking to make aliyah.

Co-founders of Nefesh B’Nefesh Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass stated: “Over the last 18 years, we have had the privilege to earn the trust of more than 60,000 olim [new immigrants] as they placed their futures in our hands. We will continue to take all the precautionary measures in order to act in the most professional and responsible way, and wish a speedy recovery to all those in need at this time.”

More information regarding the new program can be found at: www.nbn.org.il/mega.

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