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Israel Speeds Up Aliyah Procedures For Residents Of Eastern Ukraine

12/10/2014
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Kiev, Ukraine — Israel implemented special procedures to speed up the immigration process for people with Jewish origins from Ukraine’s conflict zones.

In Face of Israel Flight Bans, Aliyah Persists

War bride, toddler twins, and over 200 others land in Tel Aviv hours before rocket attack one mile away.

07/23/2014
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Ilana Barta, a 23-year-old from Teaneck, N.J., walked off the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport Tuesday morning with her wedding dress in hand. Her fiancé, a 22-year-old from Efrat, is an officer in the Paratrooper unit currently on active duty in Gaza. Though she hasn’t heard from him since the ground operation began, their wedding is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Still arriving, despite the war in Gaza. Courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh
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Four Hundred French Immigrants To Arrive In Israel

07/16/2014
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Some 400 new immigrants from France are scheduled to arrive in Israel, in the midst of rocket fire on their new home country.

Aliyah Up From France, Down From U.S.

11/26/2013
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Jewish immigration from France to Israel has increased by 49 percent in the first nine months of 2013 compared to last year.

Aliyah Flight Brings 300 North Americans, Including 125 IDF Recruits

08/13/2013
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More than 300 new immigrants from North America arrived in Israel, including 125 recruits to the Israeli army.

Knicks Star Wants To Make Aliyah

'I'm not a religious person, I'm more of a spiritual person,' says Amar Stoudemire.

08/07/2013
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Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship.

New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire says he has started the application process to become an Israeli citizen.

Knicks' Stoudemire Seeking Israeli Citizenship

08/05/2013
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Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship.

Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, told New York magazine that the Knicks’ power forward is in the process of becoming an Israeli.

Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire meets with Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

An Aliyah For All! Or, A Ramp Is Not Enough: Toward An Accessible Bima

Editor's Note: With this essay, New Normal contributor Paula Fox made us realize that a ramp to the bima is a wonderful thing, but not enough. The bima itself can and should be made more accessible: to people with disabilities, to children, to the short, to the tall. With the publication of Paula's post, we are launching the New Normal's Bima Project, which will aim to work with a synagogue to create and install such a bima. We look forward to sharing the Project's progress with you and of course invite your questions, suggestions and thoughts.

Until recently, I never thought of myself as a Torah reader.

Paula Fox
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