The work of Ezra International began in 1995 in Ukraine in direct response to a vision God gave American businessman, Mel Hoelzle. The Jewish people had been free to leave the Soviet Union after its collapse in 1991 but many were held back to a wall of poverty – not having the money to pay for their trips to the Israeli Consul or their foreign passports.
Ezra started work in Ukraine, but the work has since expanded to 8 other fSU countries, South America and several countries in Europe.


Ezra works in two main strands. The first is Aliyah – the return of the Jewish people to their Biblical and historical homeland. This help is in the form of information (especially in relation to documents needed), financial support and transport to the airport on departure day. Ezra teams are made up of local believers who have answered God’s call to the Gentiles to help bring and carry His people home.  

See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.”
Isaiah 49:22

The second strand is that of bringing awareness to the churches by teaching on Aliyah and Israel, taking groups to Israel.


Many of the people helped by Ezra are living in horrific conditions, mainly due to poverty. Since 2014 Ezra teams have literally rescued hundreds of Jewish people from the war zone in East Ukraine, often at risk to their own lives or freedom.


Making Aliyah can be a complicated and costly process, but we guide each person and family every step of the way.  Our assistance includes:

  • Help in the search for documentary proof of Jewish roots
  • Payment of international passports
  • Payment of transport for Consular visits; transport to railway stations and airports at departure time.  In some countries volunteers help with transport on departure day.
  • Networking with organisations and agencies to help settle them in Israel.
  • Giving moral support to the families in the process.


The ministry of Ezra restores hope to Jewish people in need. Even more, through the process of proving their Jewish heritage in order to make aliyah these people are restored to their ‘Jewishness’. As the Jewish people return to the Land, the prophet Ezekiel (among others) promises that they will also be restored to their God.
Through teaching seminars and speaking in churches Ezra is also helping to restore the Hebraic roots of the faith to the largely, gentile church.

I will accept you as a fragrant incense when I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered.  I will show myself holy among you in the sight of the nations.  Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your fathers.” 
Ezekiel 20:41-42


Ezra UK is a small, registered charity in UK. It is made up of people, from a variety of Christian backgrounds, with a commitment to God’s word and to the Jewish people. Ezra has no office and tries to keep its overheads as low as possible. It is totally dependent on donations. Ezra UK is under the umbrella of Aliyah Highways, charity registration 1094773. Ezra has a cooperation with Ezra International, based in the United States – the aliyah projects supported by Ezra UK all come under the overall oversight of Ezra International.

After returning to Northern Ireland the Lord blessed us with three children. Together as a family we returned to Hungary in 2013 to play a part in Ezra’s work helping with the Aliyah of Hungarian Jews. We returned to Northern Ireland in 2017 where we now coordinate the Israel Aid programme. This programme ships good quality second-hand clothing and other items from Belfast to Israel to help needy new immigrants. (See Projects). I am also available to speak for Ezra in Ireland.

Aliyah Highways (incorporating Ezra UK) – a company limited by guarantee and registered in England & Wales No 4495365 at Ezra UK (Aliyah Highways), Initial Business Centre, Wilson Business Park, Manchester M40 8WN. Registered Charity No 1094773.

Contact by Mail: PO Box 374, CARLISLE, CA1 9EW
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