american-aliyahReturning and Redemption
Several proposals on how more American Jews might be induced to settle in Israel were presented at the annual conference of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, currently taking place in Arad.

One suggestion was that every synagogue in the U.S. and Canada purchase an apartment in Israel and allow each family in the congregation to spend a half year in it. The idea is that at least some of the families would decide to stay on in apartments of their own.

Other suggestions were for synagogues to offer each Bar Mitzvah boy a gift in the form of a free trip to Israel and for American Jewish communities to sponsor the first year in Israel for new immigrants from their area.