Israeli bachelors prepare: Some 80 young men and women from France, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and Britain are arriving in Israel ahead of the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Av in search of Israeli brides and grooms.
A group of 250 new immigrants from different countries is flying into Israel this week courtesy of the Jewish Agency. An interesting group will arrive as part of the Agency's Garin Tzabar program: Eighty-three young adults who have decided to search for potential partners on the Jewish holiday of love.
The group is comprised of young Jews from Sweden, Britain, Switzerland and Australia, but mostly from France.
About 80% of the French olim are young women looking for an Israeli groom. According to one of them, "Israelis have a reputation of being good-looking army graduates, and I really hope to find a groom.
"Besides," she added, "in France it's very hard to find a match because you have to keep on checking whether the guy sitting in front of you is Jewish or not, and you don't always feel comfortable asking. In Israel there's no doubt about it."
The first group was expected to arrive in Israel on Sunday and the second – the next day. They plan to spend their first days in the country in Tu B'Av parties, but to remain sober enough to begin their "hunting".
According to the Jewish Agency, the recent years have seen a significant rise in the number of young Jews from Europe and Central America immigrating to Israel in order to find a bride or groom and settle in the Jewish state.
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