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Despite barrage of rocket fire 64 new Israeli immigrants celebrate their arrival to Israel from the United States

By Mason White 2:23 PM July 9, 2014
The 64 new Israeli immigrants 

By: Anav Silverman
Dozens of new Israeli immigrants celebrated their arrival to Israel, despite the increased rocket fire from Hamas terrorists into Israel, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Despite the escalating security situation, 64 new immigrants from the United States made aliyah to Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh.

The new immigrants come from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia. The youngest immigrant is an eight-month-old baby while the oldest, Lottie Herman, is 92. Herman, who fled Germany in 1939 to the United States, will be living in Jerusalem.

Among the other immigrants who arrived this morning, was Becky Kupchan, 26, from Chicago, Illinois. Kupchan will be moving to Be’er Sheva, the capital city of Southern Israel.

“Although the security situation in Israel is very tense right now, and in Be’er Sheva where I’m about to move rockets are falling, I am not afraid and I trust the Israeli government and the IDF,” said Kupchan, after she arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport.

“I’m a Jew and I’ve always dreamed about making Aliyah to Israel, my home — and at home you always feel safe,” she added.

“The Olim who’ve chosen to make Aliya to Israel during these challenging days are real heroes, and each one of them fills our heart with pride and great inspiration,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “Becky from Chicago, who has chosen to live in the city of Be’er Sheva in the south, is one of them, and we will do whatever we can to assist her in her new home in the State of Israel.”

The aliyah of Tuesday’s group was made in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, KKL and JNF-USA, and Nefesh B’Nefesh.

According to Nefesh B’Nefesh, 97 percent of its immigrants have remained in Israel, thanks to its support programs and comprehensive social services to more than 38,000 newcomers.

The new Israeli citizens will be moving to Beit Shemesh, Givat Shmuel, Hadera, Jerusalem, Karmiel, Modi’in, Nes Tziona, Ra’anana, Beit Shemesh, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, and Be’er Sheva.