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Christian Group Helps Fund Aliyah to Israel

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Immigrants from France arrive in Israel in June 2015. Photo: The Jewish Agency for Israel via

Immigrants from France arrive in Israel in June 2015. Photo: The Jewish Agency for Israel via

Israel has been the home of the Jewish people since Biblical times. And since the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948, Jews worldwide have returned by the millions, helping to build the strong, secure and vibrant Jewish country that we all know today.

Jews who move to Israel are said to be making aliyah, Hebrew for “ascension.” Numerous Jewish organizations have made heroic efforts to bring Jews to Israel — from those that airlifted Yemen’s Jewish community to Israel in 1949, to many NGOs today.

But did you know that evangelical Christian groups have also helped Jews make aliyah?

One such organization is Christians Care International (CCI), which provides direct support to Jews in the former Soviet Union. Since its founding, CCI has helped more than 87,000 Jews from the former USSR move to Israel. The group is led by Executive Director Don Horwitz.

Many of the Jews that CCI works with in the former Soviet Union suffer from pervasive antisemitism and endemic poverty. CCI provides essential services, such as psychological therapy, emergency shelter, humanitarian aid and access to Jewish life. And once these Jews make aliyah to Israel, CCI continues to help by assisting them in finding homes, schools and jobs.

CCI is helping Jews make aliyah, but it is also helping them to “rise up” or “ascend.” And for that, all Jews should be grateful.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR one of America’s leading PR firms. 

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