Join us for a fascinating evening of real-life stories of Jewish rescue operations from countries like Pakistan, Venezuela, and Yemen.
Director of Aliyah and Special Operations
Jewish Agency for Israel
JAFI Aliyah of Rescue
Arielle Di-Porto, born in Morocco, made Aliyah at the age of 17, to study Arabic and Mathematics at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Shortly after moving to Italy in 1985, she joined The Jewish Agency emissary offices in Rome. There, she began working with highly sensitive, sometimes risky Aliyah (immigration to Israel) 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 that passed through Italy from Tunis, Cuba, and Syria.
Today, Arielle lends her expertise and well-honed skills to effectively manage critical, often clandestine Aliyah missions throughout much of the Jewish world. In March of 2016, Arielle was responsible for the "From the Ends of Yemen" operation, which secretly brought 50 Yemenite Jews to Israel.
Sponsor: Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and Congregation Beth Israel