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 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 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., 20 Aug. 2019 My mother and father, of blessed memory, made aliyah (emigrated to Israel) years ago. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 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, 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, 28 June 2018

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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 22 Oct. 2021.

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