Nefesh B’Nefesh opens new aliyah campus in Jerusalem

Nefesh B’Nefesh officially opened the doors of its new state-of-the-art Aliyah campus in Jerusalem on Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony in the presence of Israel’s President Isaac Herzog, Aliyah, and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata. Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau, co-founders of Nefesh B’Nefesh, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart, as well as other dignitaries and friends of the organization.

Twenty years after its founding, Nefesh B’Nefesh celebrated the inauguration of its state-of-the-art Aliyah campus in front of the Supreme Court in the government quarter of Jerusalem. In addition to its offices, the building has multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for the programming and hosting of Aliyah-related events. The campus also includes a conference room, meeting rooms, and a multimedia presentation center.

Former and current Chief Rabbis Israel and David Lau and Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founders Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass at the dedication ceremony (Credit: NEFESH B’NEFESH)

The central motif of the structure’s design is the desire to highlight the importance of modern Zionism and Aliya, while also serving as a welcoming environment for all who stay in the building. The Jerusalem Municipality generously allocated the land for the campus.

In his speech, President Herzog shared: “I believe that the growth of this organization is vital to the history of Aliyah around the world and the history of Aliyah in the United States. Aliyah today requires something more. In many ways, you need a custom-made Aliyah. ”

“We can reach 100,000 olim a year if we want to and if we go ahead with a great plan, whereby we can bring half a million olim to Israel in five years and change the State of Israel, the nation-state of the Jews. People, in a very dramatic way. added the president.

“The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration has special partners, such as Nefesh B’Nefesh, with whom we work together to encourage immigration to Israel. I congratulate Nefesh B’Nefesh on the move to his new headquarters in Jerusalem, ”said Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata. “We will continue our fruitful cooperation that has led to a significant increase in the processing of immigration files and the number of olim that have arrived in Israel in recent years.”

“We are truly grateful to all those who participated in making our new campus a reality. Our permanent home in Jerusalem opens up endless possibilities to expand our Aliyah services and start new projects, ”said Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founders Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. “Nefesh B’Nefesh has endeavored for the past 20 years to make the olim feel welcome in Israel and to help them become an integral part of the Jewish state. Our Aliyah campus is another resource that will help us make these Aliyah dreams come true. ”

Nefesh B'Nefesh co-founders Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, with the Minister of Aliya and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata at the dedication ceremony (NEFESH B'NEFESH)Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founders Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, with the Minister of Aliya and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata at the dedication ceremony (NEFESH B’NEFESH)

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said in a special message: “I am very happy to welcome Nefesh B’Nefesh to its new permanent campus. We have worked together in recent years to find the most suitable home for this important organization. Nefesh B’Nefesh works year-round on behalf of Israel and Jerusalem and does wonderful work with the youth of the Diaspora, serving as a liaison connecting the city with its olim. I believe and hope that in the years to come, more and more olim will choose to establish their place of residence here in the capital of Israel. “

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