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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Immigrant Absorption Ministry announced on Sunday that it will offer special
assistance and benefits to people who will make aliya to Israel following the
2013 Maccabiah Games, which will open later this week.
According to the
ministry, the 19th games, which will include the participation of some 9,000
Jewish athletes from over 70 countries around the world, most of whom will be
visiting Israel for the first time on the occasion, is “a unique opportunity to
bring the immigration of outstanding athletes, coaches and their families to
Israel,” mostly due to the games’ global exposure.
games, hundreds of olim moved to Israel and this time we decided to build a
special program that meets the unique needs of these athletes,” Minister of
Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver told The Jerusalem Post
Athletes participating in this year’s Maccabiah Games, and who
will make aliya by December 31 2014, will receive benefits such as special
grants, Hebrew courses for athletes and coaches and assistance in finding
Eligible sports professionals will also receive “special
assistance” from the Israel Student Authority including scholarships and
assistance in financing vocational studies.
“It’s always good to have
immigrants, no matter what their profession is,” Landver added. “The ministry is
trying to encourage as many Jews to immigrate to Israel, where our assistance is
also adapted according to various professions of the olim.”
Such as, the
MK noted, previous efforts by the ministry that brought thousands of doctors to
Israel in recent years.
“The assistance we will provide to Maccabiah
athletes include academic studies and specific sports-oriented assistance such
as helping them acquire the appropriate professional language,” she
Landver, who stated she is proud of the initiative, added that
she strongly hopes that upon their arrival in the country in the coming days,
the Jewish athletes will “realize that this is their home.”
“I hope they
will see that Jews have only one home and it is Israel,” she told the
“They will be exposed to the many opportunities that exist here:
Their opportunities to advance in their profession or to retrain for another
profession, their opportunity to establish a home and a family here and to plant
“If we succeed in this mission [to show athletes their
opportunities in Israel] we will have achieved our goal,” Landver said.