21 2019

Ensuring Safety for All Jews

5:00PM - 8:00PM  

Tumblebrook Country Club 376 Simsbury Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002

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Ensuring Safety for all Jews
A special briefing with Arielle DiPorto, Director of Aliyah and Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel

By invitation only

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Lion of Judah & Solomon Society reception
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Briefing for Lions of Judah, Solomon Society, Federation and JCRC Board members, Community Trustees, and PASC Israel & Overseas Subcommittee members

Arielle Di Porto has been involved with The Jewish Agency for Israel for over 30 years. Born in Safi, Morocco, she made aliyah at the age of 17 to study at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She moved to Italy in 1985 and soon afterward joined The Jewish Agency's offices in Rome, where she began her impressive career working with highly sensitive, sometimes risky aliyah missions from the Middle East and North Africa. She was responsible for the aliyah of the Albanian Jewish community—roughly 350 people—and managed the Ethiopian immigration when there were no direct flights from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv. Arielle also managed critical and sensitive immigration missions passing through Italy from Tunis, Cuba and Syria.

Today, Arielle is Acting Director of the Aliyah Section in The Jewish Agency’s Aliyah and Absorption Unit. She promotes and processes aliyah everywhere except the former Soviet Union, with a special focus on Venezuela and the Middle East. She has managed critical, often clandestine missions from Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Tunis, Yemen and Venezuela – including an operation which secretly brought 50 Yemenite Jews to Israel in 2016. Arielle is also at the forefront of aliyah and absorption for French Jews arriving in Israel.

Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Hartford