For Jewish Converts Fleeing Ukraine, a Not-so-warm Welcome in Israel

Jews by choice are not eligible for the ‘fast track’ service offered to other Ukrainian refugees making aliyah. Instead, they must endure a laborious process, during which time they cannot work or receive financial benefits

Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

Most of the Ukrainian refugees arriving in Israel in recent weeks are not coming as official immigrants. Instead, they have been arriving on a special fast track that allows them to enter the country without immigrant visas and complete the aliyah process after they land – so long as they can provide basic proof of their eligibility before entering Israel.

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