NYC: Nefesh B'nefesh holds largest ever Aliyah event, over 1,500 attend

Amid an apparent uptick in anti-Semitic attacks in the US, more and more Jewish American families are thinking Israel might be safer for them.
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Over 1,500 Jewish Americans attended an annual Aliyah fair in New York City – a record interest amid an apparent uptick in anti-Semitic attacks. Last week's event, hosted by Nefesh B'Nefesh in association with Israel's Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency and JNF, was the organization's largest fair to date.

Some visitors said they had thought about making Aliyah even before President Donald Trump took office, but admitted that the current situation has made them consider it more seriously than before.

"You cannot ignore what's going on in the Jewish communities here," said Hannah Braham from Long Island. "It's important to us that we live in a place where Jews can feel welcome."

Others claim that having to deal with Israeli bureaucracy may eventually discourage them from making the move. "I'm a physical therapist and I can't find work in Israel," said Barry Finkelstein, 40. "It's just a dream that we might not be able to fulfil."

Similar fairs are scheduled to take place soon in Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal and other major cities in North America.

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