ALIYAH: Jewish Immigration from France
by IMRA
THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR ISRAEL - COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION UNIT

DEFENSE MINISTER TO MEET FRENCH IMMIGRANTS IN PARIS TOMORROW
13 October 2002

During his visit to France, Minister of Defense Binyamin Ben-Eliezer will meet tomorrow (14 October) with dozens of Olim ("immigrants") who are about to depart for Israel. The Jewish Agency for Israel has organized this encounter.

There has been a 100% upsurge in Aliyah ("immigration to Israel") from France.  From January to September 2002, 1,542 French Jews have immigrated to Israel,compared to 749 for the comparable nine month period of the previous year. Total immigration from France for the first nine months, including returning Israelis, is 1,910 (as compared to 869 for the first 9 months of  2001).  Over 2,000 new immigrants are expected to arrive by the year's end as compared to 1,007 for 2001.  An additional 300 returning Israelis are anticipated to come to Israel during 2002.

This week's Torah portion, "Lech Lechah" ("Go Unto Thee"), which describes the Patriarch Abraham's Divinely commanded immigration to the Land of Israel is considered to be the typology of Aliyah. Jewish communities in France and elsewhere will celebrate this Sabbath as a Sabbath of Aliyah.
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