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Alternative Spellings



  • 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." (

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew



Who Uses This

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


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


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).


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

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