What & When is Aliyah Day?

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Last Updated on November 26, 2021

Aliyah Day Celebrating the contribution of immigrants to Israel.

Yom HaAliyah – יום העלייה

Olim!  Aliyah day or Yom HaAliyah was legislated for tenth day of the Hebrew month of Nissan but celebrations take place and are observed around the country on 6th day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan.  

The Palmach, Immigration to Israel – from the Palmach Photo Gallery – WikiMedia

Jay Shultz, founder of TLV Internationals and president of the Am Yisrael Foundation helped conceive a bill that acknowledges Aliyah and honors the ongoing contributions of Olim to Israeli society.

The opening clause of the Yom HaAliyah Law states:

“The purpose of this law is to set an annual holiday to recognize the importance of Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel as the basis for the existence of the State of Israel, its development and design as a multicultural society, and to mark the date of entry into the Land of Israel that happened on the tenth of Nisan.”


EnglishHebrewTransliteration
Female immigrantעולהOlah
Male ImmigrantעולהOleh
ImmigrantsעוליםOlim
Veteran immigrant (m/f)ותיק/הVatik/Vatika
More Aliyah related words

During the week of Yom HaAliyah, the theme of study at schools is the contribution of immigrants to Israel.  Students study different waves of immigration with particular emphasis being placed on the unique characteristics of olim from various countries. Students meet with new and old immigrants and hear their personal stories.

The cabinet usually holds a special session and ceremonies are held at the President’s Residence.  Other official ceremonies take place around the country.

Nearly all Israelis are the descendants of immigrants, many of whom fled Europe before and after the Holocaust, or who were expelled from Arab countries in the early 1950s.

Approximately 300,000 immigrants have immigrated to Israel during the past 10 years.  During 2020 and the onset of the coronavirus, there was a marked decrease, but now, in 2021 there has been a 30% increase in Aliyah numbers.

Every year, Jews from about 80 countries come to Israel. The top five countries in immigration are Russia, Ukraine, France, the United States  and Ethiopia. According to the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the bottom five countries include the UK, Belarus, Brazil, Canada and Argentina. 

Anglo-List salutes all olim.  Sometimes it can be tough but together we have done great things!

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