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Jewish Agency Honors Christian Groups for Assistance With Ukrainian Aliyah

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Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky meets with representatives of The Jewish Agency's Christian partners at the organization's headquarters in Jerusalem, February 25, 2015. Photo: Yigal Palmor for The Jewish Agency for Israel. – The Jewish Agency for Israel paid tribute to several Christian groups for their assistance in aliyah operations from Ukraine.

The Christian groups that were recognized include: The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Ebenezer International, Ebenezer Hilfsfonds Deutschland, Ezra International, Christians for Israel, the Patmos Foundation, One Mission, and the Kim Clement Center.

These groups were all given special thanks at the closing plenary of the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday for “helping to both fund and physically assist The Jewish Agency’s Aliyah operations in war-torn Ukraine.”

According to the Jewish Agency, these groups helped rescue Jews from dangerous areas in eastern Ukraine by transporting them through troubled areas and locating the documents necessary for aliyah.

“There is a long history of Christian involvement in our Aliyah operations and it is always appropriate to give thanks, but today, as Christian organizations help us save Jewish lives every day in Ukraine, it is particularly important to show our appreciation,” said Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.

In 2014, aliyah from Ukraine increased by 190 percent over the previous year due to the ongoing war between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists. Overall, 5,840 Ukrainian Jewish immigrants made their way to Israel in 2014, the second-highest total from any country, behind France.

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