100 Georgians Make Aliyah to Israel Since Outbreak of Georgia Crisis
Jewish Agency sets up hotline in Jerusalem to help new immigrants, give information to Georgians considering aliyah
As of Friday, August 22, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) has brought 100 new immigrants from Georgia to Israel since the start of the crisis there. Another 100 Jews still in Georgia have had their request for aliyah approved and will be arriving in Israel in the coming weeks. In addition, there are several dozen more Georgian Jews who have begun the aliyah application process.
|Georgian Jews apply for aliyah at the Jewish Agency office in Tbilisi.|
The Jewish Agency emissary in Tbilisi traveled Tuesday (Aug 19) to the southwest region of Georgia and held meetings with the small Jewish communities in the cities of Kutaisi and Batumi to assess special needs and interest among residents to immigrate to Israel. The shaliach, Grisha Brodsky, was encouraged by the relatively large turnout – several dozen people in each city – and by the interest among residents in exploring the possibility of moving to Israel.
Meanwhile in Israel, the Jewish Agency opened a special information line in Georgian and Russian for new olim who have just arrived, to provide support and answer questions. This hotline is also accessible from Georgia for people interested in information on making aliyah.
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