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First Aliyah (1882-1903).

Approximately, 35,000 Jews immigrated to Palestine (then province of Ottoman Empire) during this time. The Hibbat Zion and Bilu movements coming from the Russian Empire provided the majority of these.
Aliyah ("ascent" or "going up") is Jewish immigration to the land of Israel. It is widely regarded as an important Jewish cultural concept and a fundamental concept of Zionism that is enshrined in Israel's Law of Return, which permits any Jew the legal right to assisted immigration and settlement in Israel, as well as automatic Israeli citizenship. A jew who makes aliyah is called an oleh (m.singular) or olah (f.singular), the plural for both is olim. Many Jews espouse aliyah as a return to the Promised Land, and regard it as the fulfillment of God's biblical promise to the descendants of the Hebrew patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob(Israel). Aliyah is included as a commandment by some opinions on the enumeeration of the 613 commandments.

In Zionist discourse, the term aliyah (plural aliyot) includes both voluntary immigration for ideological, emotional, or practical reasons and, on the other hand, mass flight of persecuted populationsof Jews. The vast majority of Israeli Jews today trace their family's recent roots to outside of the country. While many have actively chosen to settle in Israel rather than some other country, many had little or no choice about leaving their previous home countries. While Israel is commonly recognized as "a contry of immigrants", it is also, in large measure, a country of refugees.

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Dictionary definition

Answers.com: The immigration of Jews into Israel.

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: In Judaism, the honour, accorded to a worshiper, of being called up to read an assigned passage from the Torah at Sabbath morning services; or Jewish immigration to Israel. Because the passage assigned for each Sabbath morning service is subdivided into a minimum of seven sections, at least seven different persons are called up for these readings. Aliyah in the sense of immigration to Israel is ongoing but also occurs in waves. The first two waves of immigration occurred in 1882-1914, the next three in 1919-39. The sixth aliyah (1945-48) brought many Holocaust survivors. Later waves of immigration included Falasha from Ethiopia, émigrés from the former Soviet Union, and others.
The results of the recent election in Israel demand immediate action on the part of those who support the Divine Process of Biblical Zionism. Although, over the past several years, the Jewish government has been drifting away from its recognition of Zionism as the very purpose for which the Jewish State was re-established, some even referring to a "post Zionism" era, the reality of the Zionist peocess cannot be denied.

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The redemption of the Jewish people from the ancient Egyptians was a demonstration to the entire world of the existence of its Creator. The continued existence of this same Jewish people is meant to serve the same purpose. Yet, throughout the agesthis tiny people has been exiled from its homeland and driven out of nearly every refuge it sought. It has been persecuted and murdered by nearly every nation in the world, and, in spite of these efforts to destroy her, the ancient nation, at its weakest moment, right after the holocaust wiped out a full third of its population, re-established her sovereignty on the soil of her ancient homeland.

Project Shofar seeks to sound the alarm, to Jew and Gentile alike, that Israel is not a political entity. It is part of a Divine Process which is intended to bring blessing to all of the nations of the world. By opposing this process we are denying God and closing the door to genuine blessings and peace. For the Jew it is imperative to recognize that our two thousand year exile is comong to an end. To voluntarily live in exile, as pleasant as it may seem to be, is a grave sin against our Creator. And for the Gentile, it is imperative to recognize that the rebirth of the ancient Jewish homeland heralds the beginning of the redemption all of Mankind. To stand against this process and seek to hamper it in any way can only bring needless tragedy and drive blessings away.

Gary Cooperberg has been sounding the ancient trumpet of Israel, the Shofar, and calling out to all who will listen that time is running out. Biblical destiny is not stoppable, but needless tragedy is. An American who is also an Israeli citizen and has lived in Kiryat Arba, Hebron, for well over twenty years, Gary Cooperberg makes regular visits to the states to speak out to all who will listen about the imminent Biblical Redemption.

(A useful article even though Gary's work is predominantly in America. Click the link below to read the full aticle.)
More Jews than ever from the UK and USA are emigrating to Israel despite recent Middle East troubles taking place.

"I'm pleased that the warin the North has not damaged aliyah or visits to Israel," said Zeev Bielski, chairman of the Jewish Agency. "After the difficult years which we experienced we believe that the improvement in the security and economic situation will intensify the feeling of security and together with the implementation of the new strategies of the Aliyah by Choice programme which the Jewish Agency operates we will prove succesful in increasing aliyah and visits to Israel."
This section on Aliyah information covers several aspects of aliyah preparation, first steps, absorption and integration. A number of outside sources have been used in creating this list including The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Tachkis news group; an email group for people interested in aliyah.

Brent Yarkin

Brent Yarkin has long appreciated Israel from afar. Only recently, however, did Brent decide that advocating for Israel from the United States could never be as effective as serving Israel from within its borders. He signed up for the Otzma programme, an initiative sponsored by the Jewish Agency and its partners throughout the world that enables 20-26 year olds to contribute to Israel while strengthening their connection to the country by learning firsthand about Israel society and its citizens. Upon return to the United States, Brent hopes to work as a lay leaded and use the lessons he learned durind Otzma to inspire the next generation of Jewish youth.
Project Open Gates serves new Israeli immigrants in their first year. Many arrive at the border of Israel not knowing what lies ahead of them but their determination to build a new life is strong. While immigration into Israel from the former Soviet Union (FSU) has somewhat decreased, immigration is increasing from other parts of the world, such as Argentina, Uruguay, France and Iran.

Through Project Open Gates, CFI distributes tons of clothing annually. Since its doors first opened in 1991, the Center has helped over 130,000 immigrants start life all over again in their new home, Israel. Our team of dedicated volunteers, unpack and sort boxes of quality garments each day, preparing for those who come daily with such great need. High quality, used clothing for 12,00 new immigrants was distributed in 2002. People coming for their first visit receive a "Blessing Basket" of new household items, along with the clothes of their choice.

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