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Christians Are Helping Jews Immigrate to Israel Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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JERUSALEM, Israel – While the coronavirus pandemic has caused a major drop in Jewish immigration to Israel, Christians are stepping up to help pave the way for Jews to make Israel their home.

The International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem sponsored a “rescue flight” of 226 Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The immigrants landed in Israel Monday evening. The Jewish Agency organized the flight and it was sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

Many of these immigrants attempted to make Aliyah – or move to Israel – months ago, but were delayed due to Israel’s COVID-19 restrictions. They were required to enter quarantine upon arrival.

Jewish Immigrants from Former Soviet Union at Ben Gurion Airport,  Photos Courtesy of JAFI

“It is exciting to be part of another large flight of Jewish families making the move to Israel,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “Supporting Aliyah is one of the core missions of the Christian Embassy, and this season of the corona pandemic has actually been one of the most critical phases of our four decades of involvement in bringing Jewish people back to their homeland.”

 Since the beginning of the year, The Christian Embassy has supported Aliyah flights for more than 780 new Jewish immigrants. The organization has assisted more than 160,000 Jews immigrate to Israel since the embassy was founded in 1980.

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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, Emily served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle