ali·​yah ä-ˈlē-(ˌ)yä How to pronounce aliyah (audio)
variants or aliya
: the immigration of Jews to Israel

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Romanitsky’s story signifies how crucial aliyah, or immigration, has been to Israel’s judo success. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 20 July 2021 In 2021, some 550 Brazilians made aliyah, or immigrated to Israel, according to the Jewish Agency. Marcus M. Gilban, Sun Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2022 Distributions of funds have focused on humanitarian aid and rescue operations; trauma relief and medical care; refugee resettlement; and aliyah and absorption in Israel. Jns Staff Report, Sun Sentinel, 11 May 2022 Growing up in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn as the youngest of four children in a modern Orthodox family, Schwarzbard always imagined herself making aliyah — immigrating and living her adult life in Israel. Renee Ghert-zand,, 23 Nov. 2021 Zilberstein, who is a member of the congregation and lives in Deerfield, left Cuba and made aliyah (immigration to Israel) in 2012. Sergio Carmona,, 16 July 2021 In order to make aliyah, or immigrate to Israel, Thiago Benzecry submitted a certificate showing that his maternal grandfather, Rubens, was Jewish. Marcus M. Gilban,, 11 May 2021 Today, by the numbers, one-third of all aliyah [programs] are financed by Christian evangelicals. Andrew Lapin,, 24 Mar. 2021 Nefesh B’Nefesh will host a financial aliyah (immigration to Israel) seminar from 6:30-8:45 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port , 91 SW 18th Ave. in Dania Beach. Sergio Carmona,, 5 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History


Modern Hebrew ʽalīyāh, from Hebrew, ascent

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aliyah was in 1851

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“Aliyah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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