The strong Zionist sentiment in the South African Jewish community is decades-old. Aliyah from South Africa began prior to the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. With the establishment of the State of Israel and the concerted attack on the fledgling state, it was no surprise when over 800 South African machalnikim (mitnadvei chutz la’aretz or overseas volunteers) headed to Israel to participate in the war effort.
Telfed (previously known as the South African Zionist Federation, Israel or “the Fed”) was established to support these young men and women and, over the past 74 years, Telfed has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of the South African, Southern African and (since 2014) Australian Olim community.
We are currently in the midst of the biggest Aliyah wave in 25 years.
We are an integral partner to new and veteran Olim, supporting and guiding them to make their absorption and integration a success, and providing a sense of family, community and belonging as new Israeli citizens.
Every shekel counts and will be doubled.
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Donate on 14 - 15 September.
Help us make it happen.