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ICEJ Helping Israeli Youths Reach for the Horizon

What is the ‘horizon’? Could it be a dream that seems so far off in the distance, that no matter how hard one tries it feels unattainable? Or perhaps the life one aspires to live, yet it seems impossible?

For many Israeli youth, they would simply stumble through life if they had not been given the opportunity to join a special enrichment program to help them navigate through life’s toughest stages and reach for the horizon.

The ICEJ has been involved with this unique educational enrichment program, called “Touching the Horizon”, ever since it was launched as a pilot project in a high school in Akko. Seeing its early and obvious success, the program has since been expanded to high schools across Israel. Presently the ICEJ supports the ‘Horizon’ program in three high schools, two in Jerusalem and one in Lod – each with about 25 students participating.

The aim is to help vulnerable youth struggling through life and in danger of dropping out of school, by providing mentors to help them persevere, overcome their personal obstacles, and complete their schooling. These young Israelis have talent and potential, but they lack the opportunities and support essential to succeeding.

Aimed primarily at grades 10 to 12, the youth attend small weekly meetings in a safe environment which includes personal mentoring, help developing leadership and social skills, tutoring in difficult subjects, community service opportunities, confidence-building team activities and several hot meals a week. Teachers and mentors also work with the parents to help these young people grow and develop. And even after graduation, the youth continue receiving support and guidance throughout their army service and one year beyond, until they enter a college study program or find employment.

For *Ayala, who never missed a ‘Horizon’ meeting, the enrichment program had a dramatic impact on her life.

“This program has changed me in the best possible way”, she told us. “In 10th grade, I was angry at the world without any desire to open up and grow, fearful of everything and particularly fearful of change. In general, I hated everyone and most of all myself. Now, in 12th grade, I am happy with life and have a great desire to experience new things. And even more than that, I love to go out and explore new things in new places and to learn as much as I can.”

“In the past, I wasn’t able to control my temper; today I know how to stop myself before it breaks out of control”, Ayala added. “Once I began to learn how to stay calm, my desires began to change, and I was able to deal with my fear of meeting new people or going outside of my comfort zone.”

Another student, *Shai, shared how privileged she felt to be part of the enrichment program and how it helped her gain confidence and open up to others.

“For the first time, I feel enough self-confidence to share my thoughts and feelings with others without fearing what people will say or if they will judge me,” said Shai.

Shai loves to sing, dances in the Jerusalem dance troupe, and often performs at school ceremonies. The extra assistance she received through “Touching the Horizon” has made all the difference. As she said: “I have the confidence to do what I love because this program gave me the tools and helped me believe in myself and my abilities.”

Thank you for supporting this program to help vulnerable Israeli youth chart a new course towards their horizon. Your support helps them reach their full potential on the way to becoming whole and independent adults.

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[*Names changed by request to protect the identities of the students.]

ICEJ’s Envision Conference Inspiring Leadership Amid Crisis

This week, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is hosting its annual Envision Conference for pastors and ministry leaders, which has drawn over 650 participants from more than 50 nations, making the online event the largest Envision gathering ever.

Envision 2021, which runs from 25-28 January, is largely a live streaming and Zoom webinar conference this year, due to the corona pandemic, but the response from pastors and ministry leaders around the globe has been unprecedented.

The ICEJ usually holds its Envision conference to coincide with the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th each year – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – so that Christian leaders can observe this event at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and learn more about Israel. However, with the corona threat still with us, along with its harsh economic impact and disruption of daily life, including weekly church services, this year’s conference also is seeking to inspire greater leadership in the Body of Christ as we confront the ongoing crisis.

This year’s line-up of Envision speakers includes Rev. Ingolf Ellßel (Germany), Dr Billy Wilson (USA), Rev. Mats Ola Ishoel (Russia), MP Kenneth Meshoe (South Africa), Rev. Peter Tsukahira (Israel), author Joel Rosenberg (Israel), and ministry/business consultants Phil Cooke and Stephen Mansfield (USA).

“The world around us is in crisis,” said Dr. Jürgen Bühler, ICEJ President. “The COVID-19 pandemic, the disputed American elections, a looming global recession, the erosion of Judeo-Christian values – all of these unsettling developments are causing people to lose the fixed points in their lives and look for real leadership in this season of great uncertainty. As church and community leaders, we are called to be lighthouses in these stormy times, and this year’s Envision conference is geared to help pastors and others in ministry to take courage and find a godly, sure path ahead for those we serve.”

Envision 2021 features daily live shows from locations in Jerusalem and around Israel, more than 30 seminar messages from proven church leaders, plus Q&A sessions and prayer times which will allow our guest speakers and pastors from around the globe to interact and fellowship together. Conference topics will include leadership in ministry, government and business, Israel in prophecy and current affairs, and the move of God in the Middle East.

You can still register for Envision at And the program will be available for viewing on demand until April.

Quite a Year for ICEJ’s Aliyah Efforts!

Despite the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem assisted over 3,100 Jews in making the journey home to Israel in 2020, making it quite a remarkable year for our Aliyah efforts.

As we look back over 2020, it was a difficult year for everyone with all the corona surges, layoffs, lockdowns and travel bans. Yet one positive development was the continued flow of Jewish people moving to Israel, as some 21,000 new immigrants arrived in the country last year. And thankfully, the ICEJ was able to assist 3,141 of these olim (newcomers) from more than ten countries – one of the best years ever for our Aliyah efforts.

Among the highlights, the ICEJ sponsored flights for 1,645 Jews arriving from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Ethiopia, India and several other countries.

In May 2020, we funded a specially chartered emergency flight from Moscow to mark the 30th anniversary of our very first sponsored Aliyah flight in May 1990, which also arrived from Moscow with hundreds of Russian-speaking Jews following the collapse of Soviet communism.

We also launched the ‘Rescue250’ campaign last summer, challenging Christians to help us bring at least 250 Jews home per month while COVID-19 was still impacting the world.

In addition, the ICEJ sponsored Aliyah flights for 384 Ethiopian Jews last year. This included several hundred who came as part of the special “Operation Rock of Israel” airlift launched at the end of year to bring 2,000 Ethiopian Jews home to Israel.

Then in December, Israel welcomed a group of 248 members of the Bnei Menashe tribe from northeast India, 49 of whom were sponsored by the ICEJ. They come from are a unique tribe of Chinese Jews who claim descent from the Israelite tribe of Menashe exiled from the Land of Israel by the Assyrians more than 2,700 years ago. One of these new immigrants is a prize-winning martial arts competitor who hopes to join the IDF and represent Israel in international matches.

Meantime, we also helped hundreds of other Jewish immigrants with the costs of two-weeks of self-quarantine in corona hotels required by the Israeli government. There also were hundreds of Jewish youths who arrived last year after participating in Jewish Agency pre-Aliyah preparatory programs, summer camps and weekend Aliyah fairs sponsored by the ICEJ. Plus, the ICEJ provided absorption assistance to hundreds of other needy Jewish immigrant families, such as those who needed computers for their children to take part in school classes from home.

The ICEJ is off to a good start in the new year 2021 as well! On the first day of January, the Christian Embassy funded another flight of 100 Ethiopian Jews who landed at Ben-Gurion Airport, plus we have another flight coming up in early February which is expected to bring at least 200 more immigrants from the ancient Ethiopian Jewish community.

Also in January this year, the ICEJ sponsored Aliyah flights for five more women from the Bnei Menashe community who arrived in Israel despite the country-wide lockdown. They are really a blessing for Israel, as many Bnei Menashe end up serving in elite IDF units or working in high-tech factories, while others become nurses, dental hygienists, social workers and rabbis.

So what an amazing beginning for this year as well!

Since we were founded in 1980, the Christian Embassy has been helping Jews return to Israel from every corner of the earth. In total, the ICEJ has assisted more than 160,000 Jews from over 35 countries to make Aliyah to Israel. This includes sponsoring flights, helping with ground transportation, accommodations, and other logistical support to attend Aliyah fairs, Aliyah summer camps, Aliyah seminars, consular visits, ulpan (Hebrew language) classes, and many other programs.

We also must recognize that it is Christians like you, from around the globe, who have made all this possible by being faithful to answer God’s prophetic summons in Isaiah 49:22: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.”

There are exciting days ahead as the Aliyah is expected to surge in 2021. Please consider a generous donation as we work together to gather the Jewish people back to the homeland and thereby hasten God’s purposes for Israel.

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Peace-of-mind for Ashkelon girls

Many thoughts run through one’s mind when thinking about Ashkelon. This ancient Mediterranean city is situated in southern Israel. Sadly, Ashkelon is within reach of terrorist rocket attacks from Gaza, and regrettably far too many times finds itself on the receiving end of these barrages.

Moving away from the beach-front, one notices that Ashkelon is home to many lower income families. A lot of these families feel insecure as they do not have a safe-room in their apartment, and when the red-alert siren sounds they need to run to the nearest shelter. Schools operating in the area are required to have bomb shelters for the children, otherwise they are not allowed to operate during heightened tensions. Knowing a shelter is nearby may be the only peace-of-mind that local parents have when sending their children off to school.

The ICEJ recently visited the AMIT Fred Kahane Technological High School in Ashkelon, which has a good reputation for dedicated students and advanced learning. During the 2014 Gaza war with Hamas, this school took a direct hit from a rocket attack, destroying the entrance and several classrooms. Thankfully, none of the children were at school that day, as the attack took place on a Shabbat. However, what happened is engraved in the community’s memory and has left a long-lasting mark on the school.

This national religious school has around 400 students, mostly boys. Recently, however, they started a separate girl’s program, allowing approximately 60 Orthodox girls to study separate from the boys in their own school complex. As the girls’ complex was being remodeled with new bathrooms and paving outside of the classrooms, the ICEJ heard about the urgent need for bomb-shelters on the premises.

Through the generous donations received from Christians in the USA and Switzerland, the ICEJ was able to install two bomb shelters at the new Ulpana religious girls’ complex. At the dedication ceremony for the new bomb shelters, Nicole Yoder, ICEJ Vice President of Aid and Aliyah, had an opportunity to speak to the director of this new program and several of the girls. Nicole explained that the shelters were a gift from Christians who love and care about Israel, and wished them a blessed year ahead. The ICEJ plaque on the shelters will serve as a continuous reminder of this demonstration of love.

The school director thanked our donors for this incredible gift, adding that they take security very seriously and without such shelters, they would not have been able to open the new program for observant young girls at all. Nicole responded that “although they now have the option to run to the shelter, may it be that they won’t ever need to!” At least knowing that the shelters are there, helps them to relax more and focus on their studies.

Thank you for being involved and partnering with us in protecting the lives of those living under this constant threat of terror rockets. Over recent years, the ICEJ has been able to place more than 110 bomb shelters in vulnerable Israeli communities along the Gaza border, thanks to our generous donors.

Please consider a generous donation to help protect the vulnerable communities in Israel.

Expanding creativity for the children of Jisr az-Zirka

Situated just north of the beautiful historical Mediterranean town of Caesarea, is the coastal town of Jisr az-Zirka, a small fisherman’s village which is home to around 15,000 Israeli Arabs and some Bedouin.

Considered among the poorest Arab communities in Israel, with unemployment being magnified especially during this time of Coronavirus, many of those living in this town live below the poverty line, even struggling to obtain the basic essentials needed in life.

With the Coronavirus running rampant throughout Israel, and extended lockdown periods hindering children from attending school or day care facilities, the ICEJ was approached to urgently help this community. The need was to provide activity packs for young children forced to stay home and maintain social distancing. Relying on the social welfare department to determine the families in need, the ICEJ recently had the opportunity of donating funds for children’s activity packs for 100 families in Jisr az-Zirka.

Volunteers helped in distributing the activity packs to families where thrills of excitement shrieked through the air as the children jumped for joy at receiving their packs. Bags filled with creative goodies, educational items, and interactive activity materials, are sure to keep these young children – and even older family members -- entertained while keeping boredom at bay during the lockdown periods, which even at present, continue with schools and businesses closed.

In addition, as part of our mandate to encourage reconciliation between the various communities throughout Israel, the ICEJ is pleased to sponsor the “Good Neighbors Network” - a collaboration of Jews and Bedouins who dream up and facilitate joint projects for the benefit of both communities. Throughout the crisis, this network provided the essential framework for thousands of Bedouins living in unrecognized villages in the Eastern Negev to receive government distributed food packages and essential health information. As Debbie Golan, a member of the network shared with us, “Thank you so much! Your support strengthened our network and was (and is) critical for the aid to get to where it was most urgently needed. Without it, these Bedouin families simply would not have received essential help. We were there at the right time and the right place. Neither community would have succeeded in carrying out this project on their own.”

The ICEJ is so grateful for your donation support, which enable us to make a difference to the lives of all sectors of Israeli society. Please continue to help us impact the lives of others.

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ICEJ’s Aid Work in the Year Ahead

Going into the new year 2021, it was clear the entire world would still be struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, an ongoing crisis which poses a serious threat to our national economies. Now, the turmoil from the disputed US elections is exposing censorship and information control by big tech and corporate media outlets who are driven by a troubling globalist agenda.

Amid these rapid and concerning developments, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is as determined as ever to follow the Lord Jesus and to press on with our ministry of comfort to Israel and the Jewish people. Amazingly, we were able to do more last year in many areas of our ministry than ever before, thanks to our faithful and generous Christian supporters worldwide, and that gives us hope we can help even more people in Israel in 2021.

The ICEJ Aid & Aliyah department oversees most of the practical charitable and humanitarian projects we engage in year-round. As we look ahead to the coming year, our main projects will once more fall into four main categories:

1) Aliyah & Integration: Bringing new Jewish immigrants to Israel and helping them get settled in the Land of their forefathers, as promised in Scripture.

2) Israel in Crisis: Assisting Israelis during times of conflict, natural disaster or other crisis, such as during the current coronavirus pandemic.

3) Holocaust Survivors: An urgently needed outreach to some of the elderly Holocaust survivors in Israel who are struggling to make ends meet, most notably through our special assisted-living home in Haifa.

4) Giving a Future and a Hope: Aid projects which focus on helping the next generation of Israelis meet their potential, as well as assisting disadvantaged and impoverished families.

Often these aid categories overlap, such as our help for Holocaust survivors who are now having to remain in isolation due to the COVID-19 menace. Or our assistance to new immigrants in need, who must now quarantine upon arrival in Israel, and then may need help with computers for their children to attend school classes online.

In addition, many of our projects are focused on helping Israel’s minority communities – such as Arab Muslims and Christians, the Bedouin and the Druze. Our aid to these often-ignored sectors of society not only gives witness to the love of God for all peoples, but it also helps bring strength and reconciliation to the nation of Israel as a whole.

In some recent examples of our aid projects in the Arab sector, we distributed food baskets and other household items through Christian Arab churches in Nazareth and Bethlehem. The ICEJ also provided food coupons and computers for disadvantaged Muslim families in Arrabe. We helped upgrade equipment and furniture in a center for Arab Christian and Muslim youths-at-risk through social welfare authorities in Eilaboun. We also provided aid for Palestinian Arabs employed in Israel who were put on unpaid leave due to corona lockdowns – this was done in partnership with a Jewish religious center in Efrat. And in one more example, in 2020 the Christian Embassy provided gift packages and hygienic products to Arab and Bedouin communities to help them cope with the virus threat.

The Arab sector, along with the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in Israel, have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus over the past year. They will still need much help in the months ahead, and the ICEJ plans to continue looking for ways to assist them as requests come in and we are able. In addition, we will stay focused on helping with social needs related to the economic challenges of families resulting from the corona crisis.

With your help, we know we can make a difference in many lives, and do so in a way which assures the people of Israel that Christians care for them.

Please continue to support our AID & Aliyah work in the new year 2021.

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ICEJ supports Israeli social entrepreneurs

The ICEJ is supporting aspiring women entrepreneurs in Israel through a special program which requires that they add a ‘social twist’ to their new business concept which will help others in need.

Over the past two years, the Christian Embassy has sponsored a course for 11 women business owners living in the periphery of Israel, to help them advance their businesses and provide additional income for their families. The course involved five classes which give each woman business and marketing tips, while also including a competition to see who can develop a social element into their business plan for the betterment of the community. Each female entrepreneur was assigned a mentor to help in the process.

Ayala, an immigrant from Russia who is a puppet theatre artist, won first prize – which included a grant of 10,000 Israeli shekels to help further develop her business. In Ayala’s puppet show, she shares her personal journey as a way to encourage other struggling new immigrants.

Ayala’s story
Ayala was born in Russia to a Jewish mother and a Christian father, who named her Olga.

“My grandmother was Jewish, but being called a Jew in Russia is not a compliment”, she told us. “My family did not want to reveal their Jewish identity.”

In Russia families are mainly defined by the father, therefore Olga was baptized and went to church. But when children at school started to call her a “Jew” and sometimes kicked her, Olga was in shock - she always had believed herself to be Russian. Only at age twelve did Ayala finally recognize and accept her Jewish heritage. It was during a visit with her grandmother, who had moved to Israel.

“I loved Israel and decided that I will live here, even if I have to come alone”, Ayala recalled.

At age 14, she did come to Israel on a youth study program – and indeed alone, because her family was falling apart.

A new life in Israel
Not having grown up in a religiously Jewish home, Ayala was not familiar with Jewish rituals. When offered the chance to study in Israel, she leapt at the opportunity. However, it came as a big surprise when she found herself unexpectedly sent to a religious school.

“They said I only need to wear a skirt and there are no boys, and that was it”, she recalled with a smile.

After arrival at the school, she found there was a lot more to being religious than wearing a skirt and learning in an all-girls setting.

“Suddenly I couldn’t have meat and cheese together on my bread or turn lights on and off on Shabbat”, she stated. “I did not know anything about Shabbat or kashrut, but I knew I had to start a new life. Once I was here and knew Hebrew, it was easier for my mom and brother to join me in Israel – which they eventually did.”

Unfortunately, the identity confusion did not end upon arrival in Israel. As “Olga, the Russian immigrant”, Ayala experienced exclusion. She was told: “You are Russian, go back to Russia.” Yet in Russia, she had been told, “You are Jewish”, and was not accepted as Russian either. It was in 11th grade that Olga decided not to be Russian anymore. She changed her name to “Ayala” and became religiously observant, although her family in Israel was not religious.

“It wasn’t easy, and I often felt alone”, she said.

Finding her place
After doing national service for a year, Ayala studied theatre at university and specialized in puppet theatre. Through sports, she also gained self-confidence.

“I realized that I am a special girl who speaks three languages, and who came to Israel alone”, she explained.

Today, she is married to a “native Israeli”, as she always dreamed, and has four beautiful children.

Thinking through her own experiences, the idea of her business was born. She named her puppet theatre “Ayalushka”, stressing her Russian heritage.

“I share my story and encourage immigrants that everything will be fine. The start is difficult; You often feel lonely and you need help, but in the end it is fine. Look at me!”, she smiled. “Israelis should also understand the challenges of immigrants and be able to connect with them. I thank God for bringing me here and for the good people who helped me and opened up to me.”

Please partner with us to support Israelis like Ayala, who use their skills and experience to strengthen Israeli society. Help us give them a Hope and a Future. Thank you!

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ICEJ assists with first Aliyah flight of New Year

Aliyah in 2021 got off to a fast start last Friday, as a group of nearly 300 Ethiopian Jewish immigrants landed in Israel around dawn on the first day of the new year. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem sponsored the flights for 100 of these newcomers, who are part of the Israeli government’s “Operation Rock of Israel” airlift to bring 2,000 Ethiopian Jews home to Israel by the end of January.

The first day of the new year 2021 saw two flights from Addis Ababa arrive at Ben Gurion Airport early last Friday morning with a total of 299 Ethiopian olim (newcomers) on board. The current airlift is being carried out by Israeli officials and The Jewish Agency for Israel with the assistance of a number of partner organizations, including the Christian Embassy, which supported the Aliyah of 100 of the new immigrants who arrived that day.

The Israeli cabinet decided in 2015 to bring home the last remnant of Ethiopian Jewry, who have been living in poor conditions in transit camps in Gondar and Addis Ababa, some waiting there for up to 20 years to make Aliyah. The Christian Embassy has now sponsored Aliyah flights for over 2,400 Ethiopian Jews who have arrived in Israel since then, but the immigration process has been slow and the challenges to the well-being of those left behind are mounting.

Ethiopia is presently facing a number of steep challenges, including a prolonged drought, food shortages, a massive locust plague, the spread of coronavirus, and most recently an armed rebellion in the breakaway province of Tigray, just 45 miles across the border from the Gondar transit camps.

There are still approximately 7,500 members of the Jewish community remaining in Ethiopia, and Aliyah Minister Tamano-Shata, together with Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog, are spearheading the effort to bring those eligible for entry to Israel over the next couple years.

Last week’s flight follows on the heels of a very fruitful year for the ICEJ’s Aliyah efforts in 2020. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Christian Embassy assisted over 3,000 Jews from more than ten countries in making Aliyah last year. This included sponsoring flights for 1,624 Jewish immigrants coming from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Ethiopia, India and Brazil. In total, some 20,000 Jews immigrated to Israel in 2020.

The ICEJ is excited about assisting with the great Aliyah in the new year, and especially with flights for Ethiopian Jews – many of whom have been waiting for up to two decades for their chance to finally reach the Land of Israel. But we need your help!

Please consider what you can give to help with sponsoring more flights for Ethiopian Jews as this urgent airlift continues over the coming months.

Give today to our Ethiopian Aliyah efforts!

*Photo credits to JAFI and Zoog Pro

The Year in Review

As we look back over the past twelve months, Israel and the entire world were greatly impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. But the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem rose to the challenge and accomplished more in some of our key areas of ministry than ever before.

JANUARY • After starting the new year with a month of concerted prayer by our Jerusalem staff, the ICEJ hosted some 100 pastors and ministry leaders from Israel and abroad for our annual Envision conference – an enriching time of Bible teachings, current affairs briefings, encounters with Israelis, and special visits to biblical sites and government offices.

FEBRUARY • ICEJ leaders met in Jerusalem to plan for our 40th Anniversary celebrations during this year’s Feast of Tabernacles. But our ICEJ-Norway national director also spoke from the prophet Habakkuk that a great “shaking” was coming, and within days the Coronavirus started spreading from China.

MARCH • As the COVID-19 threat forced Israelis to stay at home, the ICEJ became busier than ever feeding the poor and assisting the elderly in lockdowns. We also began flying hundreds of new Jewish immigrants to Israel on emergency Aliyah flights from Russia, Ukraine and Ethiopia.

APRIL • Despite strict lockdowns over the Passover holidays, the ICEJ helped feed and care for more Israelis than ever before over the Pessach season, including hundreds of Holocaust survivors and other elderly Israelis confined to their homes.

MAY • ICEJ marked 30 years of Aliyah efforts with a special chartered flight from Russia in late May, adding to the hundreds of Jewish immigrants flown to Israel by our ministry despite the Corona travel bans.

JUNE • With each passing week of the worldwide health crisis, the ICEJ intensified its online prayer initiatives, including our weekly Global Prayer Gathering, as well as extended online Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) prayer vigils first launched in June.

JULY • By July, the ICEJ had sponsored over 85 direct and connecting flights bringing more than 1,000 new Jewish immigrants to Israel this year from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Ethiopia, despite the Corona global travel bans.

AUGUST • Following the massive blast in Beirut port in early August, the ICEJ raised over $35,000 in contributions to help several churches, prayer houses and other ministries in Lebanon repair damages to their facilities and reach out to their communities with a strong Christian witness.

SEPTEMBER • The ICEJ surpassed over 100,000 signatures from 130 nations in a worldwide petition addressed to the Danish Bible Society urging them to recall an alarming new Bible translation which omitted or replaced hundreds of references to “Israel” in both the Old and New Testaments.

OCTOBER • With travel bans not allowing foreign tourists to enter Israel, the ICEJ transformed our annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration into an online global event, with more speakers, worship artists and seminars, and more viewers from more nations, than ever before.

NOVEMBER • Plans for renovating and expanding the ICEJ’s Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors were nearing completion, as our volunteer team there continued to care for over 65 residents at the special assisted-living facility first started in 2010. Over the past decade, a few modest apartments has grown to a large project spread over a dozen buildings, now including a community dining hall, museum, and activity center.

DECEMBER • ICEJ is ending the year by sponsoring flights for hundreds of Ethiopian Jews who are part of a renewed wave of Aliyah for the last remnant of this ancient Israelite community.

These are examples of our many projects, events and other ministry highlights over the past year, despite all of the unique challenges we all have faced. With your support, we are bringing Jews home, helping them settle in the Land, caring for Holocaust survivors, protecting vulnerable Israeli communities, and impacting churches and nations all around the world.



ICEJ helps sponsor latest Aliyah flight of Bnei Menashe

A group of 248 members of the Bnei Menashe tribe from northeast India arrived in Israel early Tuesday morning on an Aliyah flight sponsored in part by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. With the ICEJ’s funding of flight tickets for 49 of these newest immigrants to Israel, the ICEJ is wrapping up a remarkable banner year for our Aliyah efforts, despite the Corona lockdowns and travel bans worldwide.

Due to Corona, the new arrivals will be quarantined for two weeks at a facility near Netanya and will begin lessons on Hebrew and Judaism, before settling down in Nof Hagalil in northern Israel.

The Bnei Menashe community dates their heritage back 2700 years to the time when the Assyrian empire exiled the northern ten tribes of Israel, including the tribe of Menashe. They were re-settled with other Israelites in Persia and along the ancient Silk Road. Over the centuries, their particular community ventured east into China and later down into northeast India, before reconnecting with Israel and the Jewish mainstream in recent decades.

Through the efforts of the Shavei Israel organization, Israel has allowed some 2,437 members of the Bnei Menashe community to make Aliyah since 2003. Almost half of them, 1114 in total, have come on Aliyah flights sponsored by the ICEJ – including 49 who came as part of this week’s group.

With their arrival, the ICEJ has now assisted nearly 3,000 Jews from at least ten countries in making Aliyah so far this year. This includes sponsoring Aliyah flights for over 1,624 new Jewish immigrants coming from Russia, Belarus, Brazil, Ukraine, Ethiopia and India. This figure marks the most Aliyah flights sponsored by the ICEJ in a single year since the massive influx of Soviet Jews in the early 1990s. For these immigrants to reach Israel, the ICEJ also had to arrange and fund over 366 connecting flights for them. The Christian Embassy also provided funding for two-week stays in Israeli quarantine hotels for another 346 Jewish immigrants this year. We also sponsored Aliyah preparation programs for some 200 Jewish youths who made Aliyah to Israel this year.

The total number of new Jewish immigrants assisted by the ICEJ in making Aliyah this year amounts to about 20% of all Jews who made the move to Israel in 2020.

Altogether, the ICEJ has now assisted nearly 160,000 Jews from more than 35 countries in making Aliyah to Israel since our founding in September 1980. This represents more than ten percent of all the Jews who have immigrated to Israel over the past four decades.

You can be part of this great, prophetic Ingathering of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland. Support the Aliyah efforts of the ICEJ.


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