ali·​yah | \ ä-ˈlē-(ˌ)yä How to pronounce aliyah (audio) , ˌä-lē-ˈyä \
variants: or aliya

Definition of aliyah

: the immigration of Jews to Israel

Examples of aliyah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Seminar to provide prospective aliyah with financial advice," 5 Nov. 2019 The vast majority of Russian-speaking immigrants came from Russia, where aliyah rose by 72 percent to 7,884 arrivals this year, and Ukraine, which saw a 9 percent rise to 3,007 immigrants., "Ugandan synagogue leaders visit Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life," 20 Aug. 2019 My mother and father, of blessed memory, made aliyah (emigrated to Israel) years ago. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "Actions are the inspiration for true love," 3 June 2019 The idea of aliyah — Jews immigrating to Israel from the Diaspora — generally conjures up the image of young single people or young families. Nadav Shaham, Jewish Journal, "Report: Greater numbers of senior citizens are making aliyah," 12 July 2018 Two girls, Avigayil Broide and Emma Frank, graduated from Katz Yeshiva High School last June and will both make aliyah (declare Israeli citizenship) in late June and then join the IDF. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Jewish high school grads to join IDF, U.S. Army," 28 June 2018 Broide, the daughter of Rabbi Josh Broide, director of the Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement Division of Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, was elated about making aliyah on June 25 and joining the IDF. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Jewish high school grads to join IDF, U.S. Army," 28 June 2018 Nazarian shared her personal journey to understand anti-Semitism in personal anecdotes regarding being born in Iran and making aliyah to Israel with her family in 1979 and eventually coming to reside in the United States. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "ADL, Jewish Federation address rise of anti-Semitism," 16 Mar. 2018 Avraham, who is from Israel, is returning to his homeland to make aliyah with his wife and family. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "South Floridians making aliyah to Israel," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of aliyah

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aliyah

Modern Hebrew ʽalīyāh, from Hebrew, ascent

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“Aliyah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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