233 people from 19 US states and one Canadian province landed today at Ben Gurion Airport and became new Israeli citizens.

The passengers included 21 families, 75 children, six sets of twins, and people working in a range of professions, including 26 medical professionals. The oldest is 79 years old, and the youngest is eight and a half months old. Thirty-two of the Olim are moving to the periphery, as part of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-JNF’s Go South and Go North programs.

More than a quarter of the Olim (68 people) plan to join the IDF over the coming months as lone soldiers- volunteering for the Israel Defense Forceswith no close family to support them. An additional four women are set to join the National Service as volunteers.

The new citizens were met by a slew of VIPs including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat – ניר ברקת, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid – יאיר לפידThe Jewish Agency for Israel head Natan Sharansky נתן שרנסקי, and הרב הראשי לישראל דוד לאו – Chief Rabbi David Lau.

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