The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), a Christian Zionist organization based in Jerusalem, welcomed a group of 19 Ukrainian Jews who are set to make aliyah at Israel’s David Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday.
“The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has meant an even more uncertain future for the Jewish community there, and we have acted swiftly once again to bring needy and endangered Jews home from this troubled region. It is a privilege for our staff to welcome this first group home,” Dr. Jürgen Bühler, ICEJ’s executive director, said in a statement.
The immigration of the 19 Ukrainian Jews was sponsored by the ICEJ through Christian donations. The ICEJ has said it has been able to raise enough money to bring 100 Ukrainian Jews to Israel. Over the past few decades, the organization has helped bring more than 115,000 Jews to Israel.
According to the Jewish Agency for Israel, overall immigration to Israel from Ukraine has more than doubled to 777 during the first fourth months of 2014, largely as a result of the political crisis in Ukraine.