Rank and File: 127 Children Part of Group of New Immigrants From North America

The Immigrant Absorption Ministry wants to hear about outstanding immigrants and the Israel Association of Writers in English has a last call for submissions for its next collection

New immigrants after touching down at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, July 25, 2018.
Shahar Azran

BECOMING PART OF THE JEWISH NARRATIVE: Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver and other dignitaries met a group of 232 immigrants from North America when they landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport Wednesday. The special flight was chartered by Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with Israel’s Immigrant Absorption Ministry, the Agency, the Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael) and JNF-USA. The passengers, whose ages ranged from 6 months to 80 years old, included 127 children. “If I could’ve finalized aliyah sooner, I totally would have. But now I’m eager to be an Israeli citizen and to be part of the Jewish narrative, to start my own legacy in Israel,” said Emma Klahr, a 19-year-old from Teaneck, New Jersey. “I want to integrate as an Israeli, to work and study and become a professional in Israel, and to grow a family there,” she added.

IMMIGRANT GONG: Do you know an immigrant who deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution to society and to Israel? Now is the time to tell the Immigrant Absorption Ministry about them. The ministry is preparing to present its 2018 Badge of Appreciation and has set next Wednesday as the deadline for nominations. The only criterion is that the nominee immigrated to Israel no earlier than January 1, 1984. “They are the ones that save lives, conduct innovative research, accomplish groundbreaking achievements in medicine or athletics, or contribute to the community – not for personal glory or for profit,” the ministry stated about its ideal candidates. The ministry added that candidates can nominate themselves. For more details, contact Yulia Levenstein, the ministry’s coordinator of the deputy director’s bureau, at (02) 675-2690.

CONFLICTED WRITERS WANTED: If you have a story to tell, the Israel Association of Writers in English wants to hear it. The association is soliciting original unpublished poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in English, from citizens or residents of Israel, to be submitted by next Tuesday for its “arc” journal. “This collection’s theme is ‘Love in a Time of Conflict,’” said the association’s Helen Bar-Lev. “At first glance, this might seem like a typical subject for the Israeli community to be thinking and writing about,” said Shawn Edrei, a lecturer at Tel Aviv University and this year’s editor. “But as a New Yorker – born and raised – I’ve seen enough American families and communities torn apart by recent ideological and political conflicts to recognize that that’s something we’re all looking for: the love and understanding behind the lines in the sand.” For more info, email iawe.submissions@gmail.com.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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