• Immigrant to Israel; a person who makes aliyah.

Example Sentences

  • "The Israeli government now realizes that there are countless challenges facing the average North American oleh and they have decided to take an active role in improving the situation." (http://www.nbn.org.il/aliyahpedia/finances/paying-taxes-in-israel-and-overseas/624-tax-benefits-on-income-earned-abroad.html)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


  • עולה
    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • Australia / New Zealand
      • South Africa
      • Great Britain
      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings



  • fem: olah. plural: olim. Often used in the phrase olim chadashim 'new immigrants.'

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