New (and slightly less-new) Olim: See My Friends!
Another friend, Gavriella, made Aliyah today (!) and she was on the chartered Nefesh b'Nefesh plane, which landed at Ben-Gurion today around 7:30 a.m. Israel time.
That was filmed with a live webcast, where I saw a still photo of my friend Gavi, I think still at JFK, and also showed them landing and disembarking at Ben-Gurion airport, greeted by hundreds of "guests" who already lived in Israel, soldiers waving flags in a 'reception' line, and various officials who welcomed them, including Nefesh b'Nefesh Founders Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart , former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon and Rav Simcha HaKohen Kook.
To top that off, among the hundreds of 'guests' who attended the welcoming ceremony were my friends Baruch and Chani, who got up at 3:00 a.m. to leave at 4:00 a.m. in order to arrive at Ben-Gurion in time to see the plane arrive (they live far away up in the north of Israel). I know this fact, because Baruch called us today and told us.
So, although I had already seen the webcast last night (my time), I went again and took a closer look. Aside from it being in and of itself exciting and wonderful that 200 some-odd North American olim were on that flight, and that Nefesh b'Nefesh has brought 15,000 new olim to Israel since they began their organization--there was my friend Baruch, standing and waving the Israeli flag!! First time I've seen him since he made aliyah (Chani was with him too, but she is not 6' 2" tall so I missed her!)
Take a look at the Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) news video below. When the Nefesh b'Nefesh flight segment comes on, my friend, a tall slim Breslover wearing a black vest over his tallit katan, with a white knit kippah with a point (kind of like a very short pom-pom) and a darkish beard, is standing in the back waving a flag, at about 5:17, right after they interview the 15,000 olah--he is standing not too far back and slightly to the left--and also at around 6:24 (start looking for him a couple of seconds before).
Greetings, Baruch and Chani, from your former kehilah--we wish you a hatzlachah rabah , and may we all meet soon in Eretz Yisrael, Eretz haKodesh!
Or you can go to the Arutz Sheva website and click on "TV."