Coming to Israel

-A look at a program that sends Jewish, Christian and Muslim teens to Israel. (Jewish Exponent)

-Hana and Sinai Julian made aliyah from Brooklyn with Nefesh B’Nefesh in 2003, but “instead of staying with relatives, going to an absorption center or a rented apartment, they and four of their seven children went directly from the airport to the “unrecognized” Bedouin village of Dragot.â€? (The Jerusalem Post)

-Daniel Orenstein wants to cut back on programs to entice Jews (including Israelis) abroad to come to Israel: “By closing the Ministry of Absorption, we could disperse its NIS 1.4-billion budget to benefit Israelis who live here – immigrants and long-time residents alike.â€? (Haaretz)

-A joint New Israel Fund – Union of Progressive Zionists Birthright Israel tour dubbed “Peace, Pluralism and Social Justice,” gives a decidedly different slant on Israel. (The Jerusalem Post)

-Israel’s plan to end Falashmura immigration by the middle of this year has been dealt a major legal blow. (Haaretz)

-A new program from Israel Encounter takes interfaith couples to Israel, with the non-Jewish partner traveling free. (Atlanta Jewish Times)

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