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North American Jews kiss Israeli soil as they begin a new life

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A family kisses Israeli soil after arriving from the USA with a flight bringing North Americans, who made aliyah and are now Israeli citizens, to their new home, at the Ben Gurion airport, outside Tel Aviv, on August 16. A total of 360 new citizens including 104 IDF recruits and 120 children was brought to Israel in a chartered jumbo jet.

Oliver Weiken / EPA

A young girl wearing a T-shirt reading 'Israel is my future' stands with her family on the tarmac at Ben Gurion airport on August 16 after arriving from the USA.

A recent report in Washington Jewish Week discussed the diverse reasons why Jewish people living in other parts of the world choose to migrate to Israel.