Aliyah, simply stated, is the ingathering of Jewish exiles from the four corners of the earth. It is the return of the Jewish people back to their ancestral homeland. Aliyah is rooted in the Jewish people’s fervent hope to rebuild its national life in the country from which it was exiled nearly 2,000 years ago. This deep desire is however part of God’s salvation plan to restore the Jewish people, whom God Himself scattered among the nations, back to the land that he promised Abraham.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.
Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, And gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, And My daughters from the ends of the earth.
The modern Jewish state was prophesied in the Bible and we have seen that prophecy come to pass. The next prophecy concerning the Jewish people is a mass migration back to their homeland, Israel. Since 1948 about 3.5 million Jewish people have returned to the state of Israel. Since the ICEJ opened its doors in 1980 we have facilitated the return of about 150,000 Jewish people, which is approximately 10% of all those who have returned to the promised land.
Choose a Sunday that works for your congregation, preferably during a weekend with few other activities. This will allow you to create a clear focus for communications about your Aliyah Sunday.
We will provide your church with a communications package including videos, social media posts and emails so you will be able to promote your Aliyah Sunday with little to no additional effort by your staff or volunteers.
Since sponsoring one Jewish person to make Aliyah costs very little in comparison to other non-profit work, we are confident your church will hit the minimum threshold for sponsoring a Jewish person’s Aliyah. That deserves a celebration!
We give you everything you need to ensure that your church is able to successfully launch and communicate Aliyah Sunday and succeed in sponsoring one Jewish person to make Aliyah.
We Provide Support throughout the entire process to help make your Aliyah Sunday campaign a success. We define success of Aliyah Sunday as educating your church and believers of how we can tangibly fulfill biblical prophecy. Aliyah Sunday is much more than just hitting a target. It’s about helping you to realise your congregation’s potential in partnering with God to bring His Kingdom to Earth.
We Provide Videos that communicate the pure joy and Biblical nature of Aliyah. Each video is meant to educate and encourage your congregation as well as prepare them for your Aliyah Sunday.
We provide social media posts and email templates to help you communicate the opportunity for impact that your church has by participating in Aliyah Sunday.
This year marks 30 years since the collapse of the Iron Curtain, which opened the door for over one million Soviet Jews to make their way home to Israel. This year, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is also marking a milestone in its efforts to help with the great Ingathering of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland.
The ICEJ has now assisted more than 150,000 Jews to make Aliyah since our founding in September 1980. This represents more than ten percent of the Jews who have made Aliyah over the past four decades.
In modern times, well over three million Jews have returned to the Land of Israel from all over the world – from the north, south, east and west – in literal fulfilment of Biblical promises. For example, over one million Russian-speaking Jews arrived in a massive wave of Aliyah from the former USSR following the collapse of Soviet communism in late 1989.
The ICEJ has engaged in a wide array of Aliyah efforts, working closely with the Jewish Agency for Israel and other partners to help with the historic Jewish return to the Land of Israel.
A family reunion – Decades in the making
ICEJ was honoured to welcome the first group of Ethiopian Olim (Jews immigrating to Israel) for this year. Shouts of joy and tears of relief filled the airport arrivals hall as 80 Ethiopian Jews reunited with their families. With your help, the ICEJ has already funded the first 300 Ethiopian Jewish arrivals for this year and has committed to sponsoring flights for the entire 1,000 Ethiopian immigrants expected for 2019. The total transportation costs for each Olim is currently estimated at $880. ICEJ will be investing nearly $1.2 million in Ethiopian Aliyah this year. We invite you to continue to stand with us in bringing God’s people back home to Israel!
Years of separation… Together in a day
ICEJ has the privilege of helping to bring God’s people home from all parts of the globe. One especially unique group is that of Bnei Menashe, Jews from Northern India who were exiled from the Land of Israel centuries ago. We were able to capture the moving moments as the families reunited at the airport, some of whom had not seen each other in over ten years.