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Immigration to Israel: Aliyah Day

(November 2016)

Immigration to Israel:
Aliyah Day

(November 2016)

Immigration: Table of Contents | Who is a Jew? | Total, by Year

On November 8, 2016, the State of Israel celebrated the first annual Aliyah Day, which had been declared a holiday by the Knesset earlier in the year on June 21. The holiday, which falls yearly on the 7th day of Heshvan in the Hebrew calendar, was put in place to honor the contributions that immigrants have made to Israel through the years. Ceremonies were held at the Prime Minister's residence in honor of Aliyah Day, and special Knesset meetings were convened to discuss issues facing Israel's immigrant population.

Source: “Happy Aliyah Day, Everybody!” The Jewish Press, (November 8, 2016);
Harkov, Lahav. “It's official: Aliya Day to be a national holiday,” Jerusalem Post (June 21, 2016);
Newman, Marissa. “Israel creates new national holiday celebrating immigrants,” Times of Israel (June 21, 2016)