Tuesday, March 02, 2010
(More) American Jews are Coming
"Life in America for Jews is safe and good," said Mark Robbins, 42, a Conservative rabbi who made aliyah in August with his wife and two young children. "The push for me came, truthfully, from the incredible cost of raising Jewish kids in the States."
Last year about 5000 American Jews came to live in Israel, a very respectable number. Apart from the cost of a good education and health care, the economy is "not the reason, but it's a reason American Jews are making aliyah." The economy was an issue even for those without children - and the rates of aliyah among this group seem to be rising. Half of olim in 2008 and 2009 were between the ages of 18 and 35.