Brazilian Aliyah Double

YERUSHALAYIM -

The number of Israeli immigrants from Brazil has doubled in the last two years.

The Brazilian Jewish community is the second-largest in Latin America, numbering 120,000.

In the last two years, a dramatic surge took place: 500 came to Israel in 2015, compared to 210 in 2013. According to a forecast of the Jewish Agency, the upswing will continue in 2016, and at least 800 are expected to arrive in Israel from Brazil. About 300 have arrived so far this year.

The head of the Jewish Agency representation in Brazil, Revital Poleg, noted a keen interest among Brazilian Jews in moving to Israel. Close to 70 percent of those who go to live in Israel are young people, young couples with children or singles. Most have an academic degree.

“Ranana has become the Brazilian capital of Israel,” says Poleg. Almost 20 percent of the Brazilians gravitate to the northern Israeli city. It leads the list, followed by Yerushalayim, Tel Aviv and Ashdod.