Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel tours the Ibim Immigrant Absorption Center with the Center’s manager Moshe Bata (in blue shirt).
November 20, 2012 / 6 Kislev 5773 10 am Israel Time
On Monday 19.11 Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, visited the Ibim Immigrant Absorption Center, just north of Sderot, with a delegation of senior leaders from the Jewish Federations of North America. The purpose of the visit was to show solidarity with the recently arrived Ethiopian Olim (immigrants) living in the Center and to better understand their needs, given the continuous rocket fire on southern Israel,
Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, greets an Ethiopian child at during a visit the Ibim Immigrant Absorption Center.
450 Olim from Ethiopia are currently living in the Jewish Agency’s Ibim Absorption Center. They arrived in the last month during Operation Dove’s Wings, which is bringing the last of the Ethiopian Olim to Israel. Approximately 100 of the Olim arrived in Israel over the last weekend. The Jewish Agency organized for the children at the Center to be taken for a day of respite out of rocket range along with thousands of other children from the South.
Approximately 3,000 immigrants from across the globe live in the eight Absorption Centers in the South, in Ibim, Be’er Sheva, Kiryat Gat, Ashkelon, Sha’ar Hanegev and Ashdod. Immediately upon landing in Israel, all new immigrants are given a security briefing by Jewish Agency staff, in coordination with the Home Front command, and are closely supported by the Jewish Agency’s professional absorption staff.
The houses in the Ibim Absoprtion Center have protected spaces as well and communal shelters and protected spaces are dotted around the center. The newly arrived immigrants to Ibim were given a security briefing at the airport and are receiving support from Amharic speaking social workers. Given the difficult security situation, the Jewish Agency and the Community Stress Prevention Center jointly developed a special kit to help Ethiopian immigrants cope with the stress and fear which they have had to deal with over the last few days.