Today, on the seventh day of the month of Cheshvan, according to the Jewish calendar, Israel marks Aliyah Day (Repatriation Day). The decision to celebrate Aliyah Day was legislatively adopted by the Israeli parliament in June 2016 to highlight the importance and contribution of the repatriates to the process of the establishment, development and success of the State of Israel. The holiday date was not accidentally appointed for the seventh of Cheshvan: this very day precedes the weekly Torah chapter “Lech-Lecha”, which tells the story of the Lord’s will to Abraham to go to the Land of Israel.
In the previous years, on this day, Israeli schools held lessons on the value of aliyah and its significant contribution to the development and prosperity of Israel, special meetings and sessions were held in the Knesset, concerts and performances were held throughout the country, where various artists and politicians took part, the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration organized festive events. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was decided to limit to do everything in virtual format and to create an awareness campaign for various platforms.
The leaders of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress greeted the Israeli parliament decision and heartuly congratulate everyone on Aliyah Day. EAJC constantly and consistently supports the State of Israel and strengthens its ties with the diaspora. Furthermore, about a year ago, at the first Summit of Eurasian Jewry, the leaders of the Congress adopted a resolution to support Aliya to Israel.
EAJC President Dr. Mikhail Mirilashvili said: “Aliyah Day is an important and solemn holiday. On this day, the State of Israel expresses its gratitude to the repatriates for their steadfastness and courage, as well as for their contribution to the development and prosperity of the country.
This year, when the coronavirus epidemic has captured the whole world – Aliyah Day is doubly important. It’s very symbolic that even at these times Israel continues to host new repatriates despite everything. At each time to be a safe ground for Jews all over the world – is one of the most significant responsibilities of the Jewish State. At EAJC we focus on developing these ongoing ties between State of Israel and the diaspora.
Dear friends, I would like to congratulate all of you on this wonderful holiday and wish good luck and success to the repatriates, and to the Jews of the diaspora – next year in Jerusalem! I sincerely hope that Israel will become a warm, safe and comfortable home for all those who want to connect their fate with it”.