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Nefesh B'Nefesh Aliyah Services

Nefesh B’Nefesh provides Olim with employment resources, assistance with governmental absorption, community-based guidance and support and need-based financial aid in order to make each individual’s Aliyah as successful as possible. Below is a brief description of the services that are available.

To download an application for Aliyah assistance, click here.

Pre-Aliyah Guidance and Support
Nefesh B’Nefesh provides guidance through all stages of the Aliyah process. Individuals who are at the initial stages of Aliyah planning can contact us with questions about applications, education and community options, assistance in planning pilot trips, information about Israeli citizenship and queries regarding Nefesh B’Nefesh financial aid and Aliyah flights. In addition, staff members are regularly available for personal consultations in dozens of communities throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Our call center is available during regular North American and U.K. business hours and maintains toll free phone numbers, providing maximal convenience for anyone with questions about Aliyah.

Post-Aliyah Assistance
Nefesh B’Nefesh provides Olim with post aliyah guidance and resources with the goal of helping each individual integrate smoothly and successfully into Israeli society. The Post Aliyah Department at Nefesh B’Nefesh offers a range of services including a buddy program, informational seminars and events; all centered around absorption and navigating important aspects of day to day living in Israel. Personal outreach through monthly phone calls enables new olim to have a personal address to turn to for questions and concerns as they navigate through their post aliyah experiences. For more information, contact postaliyah@nbn.org.il.

Group & Charter Aliyah Flights and Expedited Processing
For most Nefesh B’Nefesh Olim, the highlight of the Aliyah process is our charter flight, a specially commissioned EL AL flight in which the entire plane is reserved for Olim. For those who can’t join a flight, Olim also have the option of joining our group flights, which are regularly scheduled EL AL flights that have a reserved block of seats for Olim.

Making Aliyah together with hundreds of fellow Olim not only provides an inspiring and emotional experience, but also facilitates more efficient government processing. In cooperation with the Ministries of the Interior and Immigrant Absorption, Nefesh B’Nefesh developed software to help streamline the Aliyah process on board the Aliyah flights via the use of PC tablets.

For a listing of upcoming flights, click here.

Employment
Employment is a key consideration for most individuals who make Aliyah. The Nefesh B’Nefesh Employment Department provides Olim with assistance with the job hunt, offering information about retraining, business coaching, and matching Olim with professional mentors after arrival in Israel. The employment staff conducts seminars for job seekers and is also available for personal consultations.

To read about employment opportunities in Israel, click here.

Government Advocacy
New Olim are entitled to a broad range of government-sponsored Zechuyot, or financial benefits, upon their arrival in Israel. Individuals who have questions about benefits or need guidance with any other element of government absorption can contact our Government Advocacy Department for assistance.

For further assistance from the Department of Government Advocacy,email advocacy@nbn.org.il.

For frequently asked questions about Aliyah benefits, click here.

Financial Aid
Nefesh B'Nefesh provides need-based financial aid to eligible Aliyah candidates following submission of a detailed financial affidavit and supporting documentation (i.e., income tax returns and bank statements). All financial aid is vested after a three year period. Any Aliyah candidate who emigrates from Israel within the designated three year period is obligated to return the financial aid to Nefesh B'Nefesh.

NBN Events and Special Projects
Nefesh B’Nefesh offers a wide range of workshops, seminars and events throughout the year. The NBN Events Calendar contains over 100 informational and social events that run the gamut from employment seminars, integration workshops, tiyulim (hikes), singles events, “couples nights out” and more. Events take place in Israel, the U.S., Canada and the U.K., in addition to the online Webinars that are available from the comfort of your own home.

Online Resources
The Nefesh B’Nefesh website is constantly updated with current information about the Aliyah process, resources, useful information and related links.  Nefesh B’Nefesh discussion groups use social media to allow applicants, newcomers and veteran Olim to exchange advice, contacts and community information.

To learn more about Aliyah, visit the Nefesh B’Nefesh  Aliyahpedia.

For a listing of online forums, see  NBN Online.