233 American Immigrants to Arrive in Israel, Including 68 Future IDF Soldiers

Soon-to-be-soldiers exiting a Nefesh B'Nefesh aliyah flight on the runway at Ben Gurion airport Aug. 14. Credit: Nefesh B'Nefesh.
Hundreds of new North American immigrants are set to arrive in Israel next week aboard an El Al Airlines flight chartered by the Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah agency.

A happy couple makes aliyah as part of El Al Flight LY 3004, a Nefesh B’Nefesh chartered flight, in July 2014. Credit: Sasson Tiram.

Among the 233 new immigrants, 68 will join the IDF after receiving their Israeli citizenship. The future IDF members will be known as “lone soldiers”—those without family members living in Israel. Significant media attention has focused on Israeli lone soldiers in recent years, particularly after two American-born soldiers, Max Steinberg of California and Sean Carmeli of Texas, were killed in the 2014 Gaza war.


Other newcomers aboard next week’s aliyah flight include immigrants from 19 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, 75 children, six sets of twins, and 26 medical professionals.

A father and son kiss the ground after landing in Israel. Credit: Leora Schreiber

The aliyah flight will arrive at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport shortly after sunrise Tuesday. The new immigrants will be greeted with a ceremony attended by Israeli government officials as well as representatives from The Jewish Agency for Israel, JNF-USA and the Tzofim Garin Tzabar lone soldiers program, among others.