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US immigration to Israel holds up in 2020 despite pandemic


January 15, 2021

Michael Vivier, 25, shows off his new immigrant card upon arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, Sept. 2, 2020.

TEL AVIV - Emma Caplan, 23, was seven months into her job teaching English at an elementary school in Rishon Lezion in March when the coronavirus pandemic compelled her to cut short her yearlong Israel experience and fly home to Westport, Connecticut.

Three weeks earlier, her entire family in the United States had been infected with COVID-19, though by the time she returned to Connecticut her parents and siblings were no longer contagious.

"I felt I needed to be home with my family, but when I got to the boarding gate for Newark at Ben Gurion Airport, I broke down crying," she said. "That w...

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