Our History

Operation Exodus History


In 1982, God showed our founder, Gustav Scheller that it was His plan and purpose to bring the Jewish people back to Israel and that Gustav would be involved in doing so. Nine years later, during an international prayer conference in Jerusalem, the Lord made it clear that the time had arrived.

In response, Gustav opened the first Operation Exodus office in Bournemouth, England, in 1991. Later that year, with funds donated from supporters, Operation Exodus financed Jewish Agency flights from Budapest, Hungary, bringing 720 Russian Jews to Israel.

Since that time, Operation Exodus has assisted over 160,000 immigrants to return by plane and by ship and begun work in over 55 countries. We also started our humanitarian aid program in 1994, donating tons of aid throughout the former Soviet Union (fSU).    


Operation Exodus has had representatives in the USA since the 1990s. In 2004 we opened an office in Buffalo, New York and we assisted our first immigrant to return from the USA to Israel in 2006. The work quickly expanded—we assisted 76 people in 2010 and almost 300 in 2013.  We believe the numbers will continue to increase dramatically over the next several years and are preparing to assist much larger numbers in the future.

We have several staff and volunteers serving throughout the Great Lakes Region and Alaska, as well as in our growing national office in Buffalo, NY.