Aliyah

Aliyah is a Hebrew word that means to “go up.” While originally it referred to ascending to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish Feasts, today it has come to mean the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel.

Es gibt zahlreiche Bibeltexte, die darauf hinweisen, dass Gott das jüdische Volk wieder in das Land der Väter zurückführt. Exemplarisch sei eine Stelle des Propheten Jesaja angeführt: “Fürchte dich nicht, denn ich bin mit dir! Vom Sonnenaufgang her werde ich deine Nachkommen bringen, und vom Sonnenuntergang her werde ich dich sammeln. Ich werde zum Norden sagen: Gib her!, und zum Süden: Halte nicht zurück! Bring meine Söhne von fern her und meine Töchter vom Ende der Erde” (Jes 43, 5f).

After the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD, the Jewish people were dispersed in all parts of the world (diaspora), where they found themselves subjected to discrimination and persecution for many centuries, culminating in systematic murder in the Holocaust. Since the end of the 19th century, Jews have been returning to Eretz Israel in several waves through immigration, especially after the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The ICEJ has assisted more than 150,000 Jews to make Aliyah to Israel. We support Jewish people in their preparation, flights, transportation and integration in Israel.