Increase in Requests for Aliyah from Ukraine
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought turmoil and hardship to the Ukrainian people. Many are fleeing, many more are fighting to find ways to protect their families. Ukraine is home to around 200,000 Jewish people, and many of them are considering making aliyah to Israel. Making aliyah enables Jewish people to receive automatic citizenship as they move to Israel through the Law of Return. An estimated 2,500 Jewish people from Ukraine have already requested to immigrate to Israel. The Israeli government is expecting thousands of Jewish people to arrive in Israel from Ukraine over the next few weeks. In 2021, 3,100 Ukrainian Jews made aliyah. Israel now plans to welcome thousands more.
Please join us in prayer for Ukraine, that God will strengthen, guide and protect the people of the nation. May He safely deliver His people to Israel as they seek to make aliyah.
Ways to Pray
Though we know the need is urgent, it can be overwhelming to know how to pray. Here are some prayer points to help you pray for the people of Ukraine:
Other News from Israel
Israel Reopens Borders to Tourists
This week, after two long years, Israeli skies have re-opened to all, vaccinated and unvaccinated. Israel has largely barred tourists since the pandemic began. But as of 1st March 2022, tourists may return and experience Israel’s fantastic land and history.
The criteria is simply two negative PCR tests: one before boarding the flight and one upon arrival in Israel. The re-opening comes ahead of the Purim and Passover holidays, which are important times for families to gather and rejoice together. As the infection rate in Israel decreases, the government will likely ease other restrictions soon.