A recent Israeli TV report talks about 2000 American Jews making Aliyah to Israel. However, it is very hard for Israelis to understand why an American Jew would give up everything in the States in order to move to Israel. To Israel where everything is so expensive, where there are terror attacks and red tape follows you wherever you go. Why would American Jews give up their convenient life in the States?
The TV report is in Hebrew but also in English.
As soon as the new immigrants (Olim Chadashim) arrive in Israel, the daily routine starts. Nevertheless, I must say that the Aliyah organization Nefesh be’Nefesh makes it very easy for American and Canadian Olim. Their financial sources, however, are questionable. Nefesh be’Nefesh as well as the Jewish Agency receive dollar donations from American Evangelical Christians. Christian fundamentalists whose only goal is to turn all Jews into Christians. Evangelical Christians are vicious missionaries and their intentions are never positive.
What Nefesh be’Nefesh avoids: They never publish any statistic showing how many Olim actually stay in Israel and how many return to the United States. I have met quite a few Olim who could never adjust to Israeli mentality and preferred to return to New York or wherever they came from.