Monday, August 31, 2009

Jacob Richman - Why Aliyah?

Historical Israel Events

August 30, 2009

Hi Everyone!

I made aliyah to Israel on August 30, 1984.
It was the best decision of my life and I highly recommend it.

Over the past 25 years many historical events have taken place in Israel. Below are the ones that left a lasting impression on me.

May the aliyah from all over of the world grow and bring more Jews back to their homeland, Eretz Yisrael.

Have a great day,

(For those not familiar with Jacob Richman, he is an individual who having made aliyah has contributed so much to all of us. One can only imagine what Eretz Yisrael would be today if so many others would follow his example and add their unique talents to the restoration of our people in it's land. Like to follow suit? Click here for Nefesh B'Nefesh, and Jacob will be there to photograph you on the other end)

1984 - 7,500 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel. The secret airlift was called "Operation Moses".

1985 - The 12th Maccabiah Games brought over 4,000 athletes to Israel from 40 nations to compete in 28 sports. Olympic Champion Mark Spitz carried the Opening Ceremony’s Torch accompanied by three children of fathers murdered at the same Munich Olympics where he won 7 golds in 7 races.

1986 - Refusenik Natan Sharansky was released from the USSR and made aliyah.

1987 - Refusenik Yuli Edelstein was released from the USSR and made aliyah.

1987 - Refusenik Ida Nudel was released from the USSR and made aliyah.

1988 - Israel launched the "Ofek 1" satellite.

1989-1990 - Beginning of mass immigration of Jews from the Soviet Union. Within several years, more than 700,000 immigrants arrived in Israel.

1990 - Israel launched the "Ofek 2" satellite.

1991 - During the last day of "Operation Solomon", 14,000 Ethiopian Jew were broght to Israel in a one day airlift involving 36 El Al and airforce aircraft. Per the Guiness Word Records, the greatest number of passengers carried by a single commercial airliner is 1,088, by an El Al Boeing 747 during Operation Solomon.The figure includes two babies born during the flight. Leaving the plane

1992 - Israel's women's judo champion Yael Arad makes Israeli history by taking a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.

1993 - Ministry of Communications grants full Internet licenses to 3 companies: Elron, Darcom and Netmanage

1994 - Yad Sarah was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize, the country's highest honor, for its lifetime achievements and special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

1995 - The number of tourists arriving annually to Israel exceeds two million for the first time

1996 - First direct elections for prime minister

1998 - Israel celebrates its 50th anniversary

1999 - The Ma'ale Adumim Mall - "Canion Adumim" opened

2002 - Lions on the Streets of Jerusalem Lion Photos

2003 - Ilan Ramon z"l became the first Israeli astronaut in space. Articles and Pictures

2003 - IAF jets flew over Auschwitz Photos

2004 - Windsurfer Gal Friedman won Israel's first ever Olympic Gold Medal. Photos

2004 - Shivuk HaShikma (Rami-Levi) opened in Mishor Adumim Opening Day Photos

2004 - The "Menorah of Lights", the world's largest menorah, was built near the entrance to Jerusalem Photos

2005 - Professor Israel Aumann won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his mathematical research into game theory.Photos

2006 - Three airplanes filled with 520 Jewish immigrants from the United States, Canada and England landed in Israel. The day marked a new record in Aliyah from the West. Aliyah Photos

2007 - "Adloyada" Purim Parades Parade Photos

2007 - 40th Anniversary of Jerusalem's Reunification celebrations Parade Photos

2007 - Israeli company Solel Solar Systems closed a deal to sell 553 megawatts of electricity to California's PG & E Corp. from a solar power plant that the company will build in the Mojave Desert.

2008 - The Israeli Public Utility Authority approved a feed-in tariff for solar plants Article

2008 - Intel Electronics dedicated Fab 28 in Kiryat Gat

2008 - Annual Second Hakafot Photos

2009 - Yemenite family makes aliya in secret op Aliyah Photos

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