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51 U.S. Families Decide to Make Aliya

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Some 51 families of the 240 families who come to Israel from the U.S. this summer as part of Project 1000, have decided to make aliya, it was announced here by the Jewish Agency’s immigration and absorption department.

Project 1000 was designed for families who expressed interest in making aliya and came to Israel to explore the scene. Most of those who decided to immigrate said they would settle here within the coming year. Some said they would do so within three months.

According to a questionnaire distributed among the prospective immigrants, some 70 percent said that the program “got them considerably closer to aliya.” Most said that one of the main factors in deciding to immigrate was pressure by their children.

Eleven of 15 families who spent their pre-aliya visit near Jerusalem have already opened local bank accounts. Four families have purchased apartments.

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