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Federation’s partner Jewish Agency rescues final group of Yemenite Jews

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The final group of Yemenite Jewish immigrants landed in Israel on Sunday, March 20 following a complex covert operation coordinated by The Jewish Agency for Israel, a partner agency of Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

With the rescue, the historic Yemeni Aliyah comes to a close. Approximately 200 Jews have been secretly rescued from Yemen by The Jewish Agency in recent years, including several dozen in recent months, as attacks against the Jewish community have increased and the country has descended into civil war.


The rescued individuals included a rabbi, who brought a Torah scroll believed to be between 500 and 600 years old.


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In addition, the father of one of the rescued individuals was Aharon Zindani, who was murdered in an anti-Semitic attack in 2012. The Jewish Agency arranged for Zindani’s remains to be brought to Israel for burial and also coordinated the immigration of his wife and children at the time.

Through Federation’s support – empowered by community members’ contributions to the Annual Campaign – The Jewish Agency ensures safe paths to Israel for Jewish in need around the world.

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For more information on The Jewish Agency for Israel, visit jewishagency.org.

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