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The Jewish Agency is embarking on an effort to persuade Central American Jews to move to Israel instead of the United States, which has traditionally been their top destination, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday.
Top agency officials will fly to Guatemala next month to conduct a seminar for agency volunteers from eight countries in Central and South America with substantial Jewish populations, in an effort to double the annual number of Central American immigrants to Israel from 250 to 500.
The volunteers will be asked to encourage more young people to come to
attend Israeli universities and to serve in the IDF, in hopes that
their families would follow them to Israel later on. The agency's
global center in Jerusalem operates a hotline for prospective
immigrants to call toll free from their countries and ask questions in
Spanish about moving to Israel.
"We would like Jews who are considering emigrating from Central
American countries to consider Israel as a viable option if they decide
to leave," a Jewish Agency spokesman said. "Over the last year, nearly
4,000 Jews have made aliya from the United States, so Central American
Jews should see from their example that Israel is a good choice for