NBN Blogger Network

  • Try It, You’ll Like It

    Three years ago, Gary and Rose were living a wonderful and meaningful life in West Orange, NJ, enjoying their careers, deeply involved in their community, well respected, and planning their next trips to Israel to visit their children and grandchildren. With retirement looming and the next chapter of life waiting to be written, Gary was convinced that the time was ripe to make Aliyah.

  • Michael Schachter: Puzzle Master

    It is the year 1172, and we find ourselves in Cairo, working together with the famous scholar and doctor, Maimonides. Being the personal doctor to Saladin in Egypt is a great honor for Maimonides, but the prestigious position carries great responsibility as well. Today, Maimonides needs your help. A member of the royal family is […]

  • Writing Your Israeli Resume: The Do’s and Don’ts

    Writing Your Israeli Resume: The Do’s and Don’ts Melissa Lousky Bienenfeld When writing your first Israeli resume (or CV – they are the same thing and the words can be used interchangeably), it is important to keep in mind some basic social and cultural differences between Israel and your home country. For many North Americans, […]

  • Creating the Perfect Profession

    If you happen to be strolling around the downtown streets of Jerusalem, you may run into Tovah Presser’s studio. Tovah is a glass artist and ceramicist, who is following her passion of ceramics and glasswork, and making it her career.

  • From NGO to Startup Pro

    Who doesn’t guiltily sit in front of their computer every now and them to take a “Which Ice Cream Flavor Are You?” type-quiz? These bites of online entertainment have become a fun part of our everyday lives as we interact on social media. Little do we know- Playbuzz, an Israeli startup, is the format creator of much of this style’s online content we interact with on a daily basis!

  • From Typist to Teacher

    Let’s face it. In this day and age, if you can’t use a computer, it’s hard to get by! Although the concept of technology may be easy for some, for many elderly people, it is hard to wrap their head around. Rochelle Gilbert has decided to change that one client at a time. Travelling around Jerusalem, Rochelle offers private computer lessons, mainly to elderly citizens.

  • Baking Her Way to Sweet Success

    Baking cakes may sound easy, but wait until you see the creations of Devorah Altman, and you will think twice! Devorah transformed her home in Bet Shemesh into “The Kosher Cakery,” a bakery that provides customized cakes, cupcakes and cookies to people across Israel. Think “Ace of Cakes” with a Middle Eastern twist– The Kosher Cakery bakes up people’s dreams with delicious cakes, frostings, and elaborate decorations!

  • WeWork Be’er Sheva

    I am not a hi-tech person at all but every time I go to the Gav-Yam Advanced Technologies Park in Be’er Sheva, I am truly inspired. Just from the parking lot I get views of the lovely residential neighborhood of Ramot, the impressive Negev Brigade Memorial, and the recently completed bridge connecting the park to the train station and Ben Gurion University. I find it amazing that I’ve watched an area go from nothing to something before my very eyes.

  • The Last First Kita Alef

    The waning days of summer in Israel are a flurry of activity.  Last minute camping adventures and hikes through crisp, shady rivers begin to give way to treks for school supplies and to uniform shops, where gentle hands press endless emblems on t-shirts to brand the tribes of different schools. The first day of school […]

  • An Aliyah Full Circle

    Have you ever looked forward to something that you figured would happen one day, playing and replaying the potential scenes in your head? This morning, at Ben Gurion Airport, I was lucky enough to watch these wonderful, movie-like scenes turn into reality in front of my very own eyes. I had a front row ticket […]

  • Aliyah-versary Financial Checkup

    Happy Aliyah-versary! You’ve made it through your first year! Now… it’s time for that first year financial “checkup,” and to move from adjusting to thriving in Israel! The first year of Aliyah is a wonderful, overwhelming, busy, crazy time. You work hard in that first year to make your house feel like a home, to […]

  • Life without Cruise Control

    Every Oleh/Olah has those things they miss from their lives in North America.  It is just a fact of life: when you are an immigrant you compare things to what it was like in your previous lifestyle.  Personally, it took me three years to get used to having work on Sundays.  I still occasionally call […]

  • From Law School to “LinguistIt”

    Overlooking the quiet streets of Modiin, Sarah Davis sits in her office with two side-by-side screens in front of her. She vigorously types – eyes on one computer, fingers flying on the other, as pages of words are pumped out onto her screen. Petite and soft-pitched, some mistakenly think she is “too young,” or “non-credible…” But take a minute to sit with Sarah and you will see that she is nothing of the sort!

  • Overheard at JFK Aliyah Chartered Flight Boarding

    32 families, 95 children, 53 singles, and 12 IDF Lone Soldiers are ready to board their Aliyah flight. Here is some of the excitement and raw emotion we overheard at JFK. Goodbye Starbucks. Hello Aroma! I think this will be the shortest and most exciting 10 hour flight of my life. Look at that family […]

  • From Synagogues to Millionaires

    From the hi-tech and academic hub of Israel’s north, meet Maurice Ross- the Special Donor Relations Coordinator for the Technion. Smart, sweet, personable, and articulate- it is no wonder he has successfully integrated in his field of non-profit, post-fundraising support.

  • Paul the PC Guy

    Paul the PC GUY’s website reads, “Meet Paul, the PC Guy (and, hard as it is to believe, he is even friendlier than he looks!)” His website is true to its word- Paul is truly a friendly, personable guy, with a cool brand and a great business! It is no wonder he has found small-business success working with people by servicing their PC computers throughout Jerusalem.

  • From Blood Tests to Blogging

    Starting from scratch, Shirley had to think of new assets and skills, as well as an entirely new profession to pursue. She traded in her stethoscope and thermometer to develop blogging and content marketing skills.

  • Living in the Now, Out Loud

    Journalist David Horovitz wrote an interesting book in 2000, A Little Too Close to God. He retells a fascinating encounter in which an Israeli soldier, born in Russia, asked him why he made Aliyah.  Paraphrasing, Horovitz explained that Aliyah was the realization of a lifelong dream of the Jewish people returning to their ancient homeland, to […]

  • I Have No Other Country

    You know those things that stir the deeply intense, raw emotions that Zionism inspires within us? Singing HaTikvah. Watching the movie ‘Exodus.’ Finding an unexpected El Al plane anywhere in the world. Hearing the Yom Hazikaron siren. Seeing IDF soldiers doing, well, just about anything; especially at a formal IDF ceremony… I am particularly susceptible to these emotional triggers; […]

  • “No” is Just the Start of Negotiations

    One of the biggest lumps that Israel takes from visitors is often the lack of customer service.  You will hear apologists say that it is very cultural (it is very Mediterranean), that Israel is improving (it is, slowly, visit a cell phone company), or that it is uber-family like here (think, my Big Fat Greek […]

  • Keeping it in the Honeymoon Phase

    It happened. I just celebrated my fourth Aliyahversary.  After spending a year and half in Israel I decided to make the commitment – I turned to Nefesh B’Nefesh and made it official, I made Aliyah.  Now, after over five and a half years, four of them as an official Israeli, I am proud to say Israel […]

  • 8 Awesome Things To Do In Tel Aviv During Chanukah

    Chanukah is here and it’s time to celebrate with holiday parties, fried Jewish delicacies, and overall “simcha.” You don’t have to be a child to appreciate this magical time of year, in which we celebrate sparkling lights and astonishing miracles. In the spirit of Chanukah, we have highlighted some of the best things you can do […]

  • Starting Your Own Business in Israel: Real Life Examples

    Most Anglo Olim follow this path: They arrive in Israel. They network. They land a job. They use Nefesh B’Nefesh’s employment services from workshops on resume writing to finding jobs on the NBN job board, we really can help you with the job shidduch. However, some Olim follow a totally different path. They decide to […]

  • When Do You Stop Calling Yourself an Oleh Chadash?

    When do you stop referring to yourself as an Oleh Chadash? It’s a good question, one that I am asked frequently and  one that I still ponder even in my 13th year of living in Israel. While I wish there was a concrete answer, like when do you qualify for an Israeli passport (after one […]

  • Ani Lo Maveen Ibrit

    As an Aliyah professional, I am often asked what is the most important skill to integrating – or “making it” – in Israeli society. Before I can usually answer, the person suggests Hebrew. Almost as if coming to an Aliyah planning meeting is a confessional, people immediately fess up about their struggles with Hebrew, their […]

  • 5 Resources for Developing your Career in Israel

    Finding a job that’s right for you is integral to making you feel at home in Israel. Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Employment Services exists to help you succeed. From before you make Aliyah through to your arrival and beyond, we’re there to give you the guidance, support and connections that you need to make it in Israel. […]