Municipality endeavors for "Next Year in Jerusalem"
A special delegation of the Municipality and "Nefesh B'Nefesh" to North America met with several hundred people planning to make Aliyah and settle in the capital
As part of the Municipality of Jerusalem's extensive assistance to new immigrants, and with a goal of easing their acclimation in the capital city, it was decided to hold, for the first time, a series of conferences in which members of the municipal Immigrant Absorption Authority, along with staff from the Nefesh B'Nefesh organization, meet those interested in making Aliyah and settling in Jerusalem during the next year.
The Municipality recognized the need and the innate potential among the American Jewish community to help develop the capital city, and thus held a number of conferences in North America for future immigrants who are interested in making Jerusalem their new home.
The conferences were held in places such as New York, New Jersey and Canada. Municipal officials met about 300 potential immigrants who were given the opportunity to personally meet representatives of the absorption authority and the Nefesh B'Nefesh organization, and to receive information about life in Jerusalem in terms of employment, housing, education, society, various benefits, and events in the city, among others.
Jerusalem is the leading and most preferred destination for American and Canadian Jews who immigrate to Israel. Since 2002, when Nefesh B'Nefesh was founded, about 17,000 new immigrants from North America have settled in Jerusalem, with the assistance of the organization and in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency, KKL-JNF, and JNF-USA.
Since the beginning of 2022, 1,036 immigrants from the U.S. and Canada have settled in Jerusalem, with about 1,100 expected to arrive by the end of the year. Among the leading professions among the year's North American immigrants are doctors and other health-related professionals (77), followed by educators (27), lawyers (30), businesspeople (19) and social workers (14).
As of mid-November, 3,847 new immigrants had settled in Jerusalem in 2022, including 2,072 Russian speakers, who make up 62% of the total, with the majority having immigrated following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. Twenty-two percent of the new immigrants are English speakers, 8% are French speakers and 6% are Spanish speakers
Moshe Lion, the mayor of Jerusalem, said "Jerusalem is proud to a leading city for the absorption of American immigrants, and I would like to congratulate Nefesh B'Nefesh on the fruitful cooperation and the welcome initiative. For us, it is daily proof of the strength of Jerusalem, which attracts Jews from around the globe and provides them with fertile ground to thrive and prosper in the community and the workplace. It is an amazing community, and we are proud to be family and home for them."
Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of Nefesh B'Nefesh, said "The city of Jerusalem, under the leadership of Mayor Moshe Lion, has proven itself to be a destination which has set for itself a goal of embracing new immigrants and providing them with an optimal absorption experience. We see growing interest among the organization's immigrants to settle in Jerusalem, but the potential is far from being realized. Our role, in cooperation with the municipal absorption authority, is to provide access to all of the public resources that the Municipality provides, and thus give participants the confidence to choose Jerusalem as their new home in the land of Israel."