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Yad L'Achim to Assist in Spiritual Absorption of French Immigrants

01/28/15
Yad L'Achim to Assist in Spiritual Absorption of French Immigrants

Yad L'Achim's department of spiritual absorption is gearing up to provide assistance to the wave of French immigrants that is expected to reach Israel in light of the surge of anti-Semitic violence in France. As part of this effort, ads in Hebrew and French have been placed in newspapers and on billboards in France and in communities in Israel with large French populations.

The Jewish community in France, Europe's largest, numbers some 500,000. A week ago, a housing fair was held in Marseilles, France, that brought together representatives of Israeli builders and French citizens interested in purchasing apartments in Israel.

Fair organizers were stunned by the size of the turnout. "Some 1,200 members of the Jewish community came and all expressed serious interest in buying apartments," said one. "In normal times, maybe 100-150 people show up at these fairs, but the panic that has been sparked by the recent terror attacks in Paris is being felt even here in Marseilles. The fear is off the charts and everyone wants to know that they have a home waiting for them in Israel."

Yad L'Achim will focus its absorption efforts on helping French immigrants find housing in areas that will enable them to preserve their lifestyles as Torah-observant Jews. It will help in matching up children of all ages with schools that meet their needs, and linking parents with local communal organizations that can assist them.

Yad L'Achim's ad campaign carries the banner, "Aliyah to Israel? Aliyah to Torah!" and invites immigrants to call its headquarters for information on how to receive vital assistance.

The organization has been deeply involved in the spiritual absorption of new immigrants since the founding of the state, helping wave after wave of immigrants from Yemen, Morocco, Russia, South America, the United States and more.

Its officials courageously infiltrated the transport camps in the early 1950s to help Yemenite and other parents protect their children from government officials seeking to send their children to secular schools.

Officials noted this week that the legendary founder of Yad L'Achim, Harav Hagaon Shalom Dov Ber Lifschitz, zt"l, in his final conversation with the organization's director general, yblch"t, Rabbi Yosef Ganz, spoke of the urgent need to facilitate the spiritual absorption of Jewish immigrants from the Caucasus region. He ordered Rabbi Ganz to publish a special siddur for them in Caucasian.

Yad L'Achim officials are optimistic that their efforts will bear fruit and that, with G-d's help, the spiritual absorption of French immigrants will prove successful.



Yad L'Achim's founder and long-time chairman Harav Hagaon Shalom Dov Ber Lifschitz, zt"l,
addresses a group of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union




Yad L'Achim's founder and long-time chairman Harav Hagaon Shalom Dov Ber Lifschitz, zt"l,
meets with members of the Council of Sages of Jews of Georgian origin in Israel


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