Israel’s President Shimon Peres, who celebrated his 87th birthday this week, gets down on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport to help greet 85 new recruits to the IDF who arrived on the August 3rd Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight.

Peres Greets Flight with 85 IDF Recruits

Israel’s President Shimon Peres, who celebrated his 87th birthday this week, gets down on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport to help greet 85 new recruits to the IDF who arrived on the August 3rd Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight. (PHOTO CREDIT: SASSON TIRAM)

This Nefesh B’Nefesh flight arriving on August 3rd carried a total of 234 new olim to Israel was greeted by President Shimon Peres and hundreds of guests.  These olim were among the 3,000 making aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh over the course of the summer. Since its founding in 2002, the organization has been responsible for bringing over 25,000 people from the US, Canada and the UK.

Here are some statistics from this flight:

Number of Olim 234
Youngest Oleh 5 months
Oldest Oleh 94
Families 31
Children 70
Singles 103
New IDF Soldiers 85
Pets 2 dogs, 3 cats
Professions Artist, athlete, consultant, dentist, educator,  engineer, graphic designer, lawyer, marketing, physician, programmer, psychologist, Rabbi, real estate, social worker, travel agent
Where are they from?

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

Alberta, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal

Where are they going?

Afula, Ashkelon, Beersheva, Beit Shemesh, Givatayim, Jerusalem, Ma’alot, Modiin, Nof Ayalon, Rechovot,  Rosh Ha’ayin, Tel Aviv, Yad Binyamin and various kibbutzim

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