Nearly 100 Jewish 'Singles' Immigrate to Israel Together

More than 200 olim arrive Tuesday on Nefesh B'Nefesh flight, met at airport by opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

More than 200 new immigrants arrived Tuesday at Ben Gurion Airport, nearly half of them young Jewish 'singles' who chose to move to Israel alone.

The El Al flight was organized by the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B' Nefesh, a nonprofit organization that has helped 22,000 people from the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain immigrate to Israel since its founding in 2002.

Ninety-one out of the 204 passengers (57 women and 34 men) are unmarried.

The group of new immigrants were greeted at Ben Gurion Airport with a celebratory ceremony where opposition leader, Tzipi Livni was present.

Jeremy Mekuper, a 23-year-old from Florida, was one of the young singles on the flight. He visited Israel for the first time in 2002 and has returned for eight subsequent visits since then.

Mekuper, who speaks fluent Hebrew, told Haaretz that his love for the country and for Israelis became stronger with each visit. He intends to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces and hopes to eventually work in Israel's Foreign Service.

Olivia Fisher, a 23-year-old from Connecticut, who has previously lived in Israel, also arrived on the 'singles' flight on Tuesday. She explained that her main reason for wanting to establish roots in the country was for her Israeli boyfriend and her desire to study at Tel Aviv University.

The flight, which left from Kennedy Airport in New York, was the fourth and last flight of the summer organized by Nefesh B' Nefesh in conjunction with the Jewish Agency.