Visions of Aliyah

Aliyah inspiration, Oleh profiles, photos, videos and more

  • Pesach 2017 – Events Around Israel

    Chol Hamoed is a great time to get out and see the country and spend time with friends and family. Below is a list of things going on around Israel throughout Pesach 2017. Be sure to check the source website of each event for complete details. Chag sameach!

  • Starting With Seminary

    For many post-secondary students, a year in seminary or Yeshiva provides the confidence, knowledge, skills, and growth to start their adult lives on their own. This “year in Israel” is designed to strengthen one’s Jewish identity, focus on Jewish studies, and experience Israel. While some end up staying in Israel after spending a year in […]

  • Underground Prisoners Museum

    Over Chanukah, two groups of NBN Olim had the opportunity to tour the Museum of Underground Prisoners. We watched an informative video, saw actual prison cells, and learned about the lives of those imprisoned there. Afterwards, we celebrated our Jewish freedom by eating sufganiyot together before heading home to light Chanukah candles. #LiveLoveIsrael #MakeItHome

  • Officially Israeli December 2016 Part II

    On December 21st and 28th 3 branches of the Ministry of Interior joined us at our office in Jerusalem to help 155 people make Aliyah and become #OfficiallyIsraeli Tag your friends and wish them a big Mazal Tov! #LiveLoveIsrael Isn’t it time YOU became #OfficiallyIsraeli?

  • Training & Volunteering with Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Olim families had a wonderful Chanukah day with Maccabi Tel Aviv FC – מועדון הכדורגל מכבי ת”א. Kids of all ages had a chance to train with a Maccabi coach on their official training field and even have fun with the mascot! Joshua Halickman, NBN Oleh and Director of the @Maccabi Foundation gave a moving […]

  • NBN Tech Talks: Innovation In the Startup Nation

    On December 12th, Nefesh B’Nefesh hosted over 300 Olim at the beautiful “Rise TLV” communal workspace for “Tech Talks: Innovation in the Startup Nation.” The event featured five of the leading and emerging voices in the Israeli tech ecosystem, including Michael Eisenberg, Equal Partner at Aleph VC and Sivan Ya’ari, Founder and CEO of Innovation: […]

  • Becoming Officially Israeli December 14, 2016

    90 residents of Israel became citizens right in our office during round one of the December internal Aliyah, or “Guided” day. Every month we process Aliyah for people who are already living in Israel. This month we will be assisting over 230 to make Aliyah in our Jerusalem office. Stay tuned for round 2. Find […]

  • Tech Talks: Innovation in the Startup Nation

    This week, Nefesh B’Nefesh hosted over 300 people at the first event in a new series, “ NBN Tech Talks: Innovation in the Startup Nation.” The event took place at the beautiful Rise Tel Aviv space and featured five of the leading and emerging voices in the Israeli tech ecosystem, including Michael Eisenberg, Equal Partner […]

  • Officially Israeli November 2016

    This month, over the course of 3 days with 3 branches from the Ministry Of The Interior (Rosh Haayin, Yafo, and Afula), we processed Aliyah for 130 Olim right in our office – the oldest of whom is 92 years old and the youngest only 3 months! We printed ID cards for 130 people who […]

  • Yael Warman: Feeling Blessed

    How did this crazy idea come to be, you ask? Well, I blame it all on my husband. For years he talked about his dream of making Aliyah. How do you avoid disappointing your spouse and still get away with not moving? “Maybe one day.” That’s what I used to tell him. As in, when […]

  • 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 […]

  • Tzfat: A Love Story

    It wasn’t long before living in the same building in Tzfat that everything fell into place for Sharon Rappaport (NBN 2015) and Ephraim Lewis (NBN 2014). They had heard of one another from friends who insisted they meet, they had been shown pictures of one another, and that is where this love story begins. Tzfat […]

  • Officially Israeli October 2016

    One hundred and two people made it official by completing their Aliyah in our office this month despite the holidays and limted work days. We wish them a big mazal tov and hope their holiday celebrations are that much more meaningful now that they have become Israeli citizens. #LiveLoveIsrael Isn’t it time YOU became #OfficiallyIsraeli?

  • Happy Aliyahversary, Binny!

    Binny Zupnick made Aliyah in 2012 alone at the age of 17 from West Hempstead, New York. He currently lives in Givat Shmuel where he is active in the local Egalitarian Minyan and the larger Oleh community. It’s been 4 years since I made Aliyah, 6 years since I began bothering my parents to let […]

  • Sept 21 2016 Group Flight

    Today 62 Nefashot (souls) made Aliyah from the US, the oldest 95 years young and the youngest just under 2 months. There were 2 sets of twins on today’s flight and many grandparents being welcomed by children and grandchildren. The Olim will be going South to Marhav Am and Be’er Sheva; North to Haifa; settling […]

  • Officially Israeli September 2016

    Mazal tov to the 111 new Olim who became #OfficiallyIsraeli at our offices this month. Every month Nefesh B’Nefesh hosts a branch of Ministry Of Interior, Israel and together we transform people already living in Israel into citizens. #LiveLoveIsrael Find out how you, too, can make it official.

  • If You Will It, It Is Not Only a Dream

    Gaby Novick originally from West Hempstead,  New York, made Aliyah on the August 2016 charter flight. A graduate of Yeshiva University, Gaby  actualized his lifelong Aliyah dream and writes below on the factors that influenced his decision. He is working as a madrich at Yeshivat HaKotel.  I’m often asked when I made the decision to […]

  • Ari Solomon: Serving My Country

    Ari Solomon made Aliyah from Los Angeles in December 2010, and served from 2011 to 2014 as a combat soldier in the elite Sayeret Tzanchanim (Paratroopers Reconnaissance) Unit. After being released from the army, Ari has since completed his master’s degree in government with a specialization in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies from the IDC Herzilya.  […]

  • David and Susan: A Love Story 51 Years in the Making

    We met David Craft and his new wife Susan Weinstein Craft, during a May 2016 Guided Aliyah day, where David became “Officially Israeli” and made Aliyah.  David and Susan originally met as teenagers and reconnected as adults, sharing their love for Judaism, Israel and each other. They are married, and happily enjoying their new lives together […]

  • August 2016 Chartered Flight Ben Gurion

    Today 234 landed and became citizens of Israel on our 55th chartered flight in our 14th year. Among them was Olah number FIFTY THOUSAND! 75 will be enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces, 6 are volunteering for National Service, there are 24 families with 78 children, and 24 singles. The oldest Oleh on the flight […]

  • Officially Israeli August 2016

    100 new Olim were processed at our office this month! These are people already living in Israel who have decided to make it official and become citizens, with our help. It’s pretty incredible to see: a branch of the Ministry Of Interior, Israel, each time from a different city, comes to our office, sets up, […]

  • LA Group Flight August 2016

    Welcome 34 incredible new citizens from the West Coast! California, Texas, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. We even let one from Florida on 😉 They just spent their first shabbat in Elad, Haifa, Herzliya, Holon, Jerusalem, Kibbutz Alumim, Kibbutz Kissufim, Kibbutz Nir Yitzkah, Kiryat Bialik, Kiryat Shmona, Mazkeret Batya, Modiin, Or Haner, Ra’anana, and Ramat Poleg! […]

  • Officially Israeli August 2016

    100 people are becoming Israeli citizens right here in our office over the next week. These are people who already live here and decided to become #OfficiallyIsraeli Mazal tov! Find out how you, too, can become #OfficiallyIsraeli here in Jerusalem

  • August 2 Group Flight

    75 Olim landed yesterday as part of a total of a total of 200 making Aliyah this week. This was the flight of awesome family/group shirts! Tag your friends! These Olim made their way to Efrat, Elkana, Givat Shmuel, Hadera, Jerusalem, Kibbutz Afikim, Mitzpe Ramon, Modiin, Moreshet, Moshav Shoresh, Nahariya, Neve Daniel, Pardes Chana-Karkur, Petach […]

  • July 2016 Chartered Flight – Ben Gurion

    This morning we had the honor and privilege of welcoming the first chartered flight of the summer full of 220 new citizens of Israel! The excitement was electric as music filled the air and Olim, guests, partners, and volunteers danced and sang together. In addition to 5 sets of twins and 2 dogs, the flight’s […]

  • 220 Make it Home – July 2016 Chartered Flight

    The plane has just left JFK! Olim say goodbye to their loved-ones and embark on a life-changing flight to #MakeItHome in Israel. Good luck, G-d bless, Nesiya Tova (good flight), can’t wait to welcome you on the other side! On the flight are 5 sets of twins, 2 adorable dogs,and a whole plane-full of special […]

  • Uri Kelman: Family Back Together Again

    There is no denying that his parents felt strongly about Israel – he and his brother were given only Hebrew names, his father lived on a Kibbutz for two years picking oranges for soldiers, just because he believed strongly in supporting the State. Uri Kelman was raised in a Zionist home. The Zionist dream was […]

  • 10 Habits of Highly Effective Olim

    Michal Jacob, who moved from New Jersey to Modiin in 2015, gives her 10 secrets to a successful Aliyah, or as she says “10 Habits of Highly Effective Olim”: 1. Paperwork: Organize your important papers and documents in a neat and easy to access spot. Make sure the paperwork is always stored in the same […]

  • June 28th 2016 Group Flight

    Mazal tov to 51 new Olim, including 15 soon-to-be Israel Defense Forces lone soldiers! Ranging from 3 months of age to 91, they landed last week on a Nefesh B’Nefesh group Aliyah flight, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the The Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish National Fund, Jewish National Fund […]

  • A Lesson in Perspective from Parshat Shelach

    Of the many lessons that we can learn from the episode of the spies (meraglim) in this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Shelach*, one is the lesson of perspective. When the spies return they report, “it is indeed, a land that flows with milk and honey. See the giant fruits we have returned with…” A good […]

  • Group Flight, May 2016

    Wish a big Mazal Tov to 36 Olim who landed yesterday. From Quebec to Pardes Hanna-Karkur; California, Washington, New York, Maryland, and Georgia to Jerusalem; Colorado to to Haifa; Connecticut to Be’er Sheva; Florida to Eliav; Massachusetts to Yaffo; New Jersey to Tel Aviv and Tzur Yitzhak; Pennsylvania to Afula and Tel Aviv, New York […]

  • Group Flight April 11th, 2016

    Please welcome 23 of our newest Olim! From Plainview, Hartsdale, Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, Lakewood, Teaneck, Summit, Plano, Dallas, Richmond, Wickliffe, Bethesda, Bloomington, and Waterbury! Heading to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Kiryat Sefer, Beit Shemesh, Givatayim, Chashmonaim, Ramat Gan, Tveriya, Lower Galilee, Efrat, and Yad Binyamin! A big mazal tov and welcome home! Tag your friends and […]

  • Beit Choron: Yehuda & Einav Yeger

    I’ve been living in Beit Choron for about 6 months, and my wife has lived on the Yishuv her whole life. I fell in love with it the first time I visited. They actually have a brand new project with apartments for sale.

  • Kiryat Hasharon: Gila Phillips

    We moved into Kiryat Hasharon a year ago, after living in several communities around the country including Jerusalem and Haifa. We never really felt like we had a community until now. The community was very welcoming upon our arrival, we were invited out for a load of Shabbat meals and we finally felt like we had somewhere we could call home.

  • Kochav Yaakov: Meet the Peskins

    Kochav Yaakov and Tel Tzion are two communities in the same yishuv. We originally moved to Tel Tzion 9 years ago and really loved it, but when we were looking to downsize 5 years ago the best house we found for what we were looking for was in Kochav Yaakov. I already knew many of the people in Kochav Yaakov because the communities kind of overlapped, and I knew that it was a nice mix of people where you didn’t have to fit a mold to fit in. And the price was right.

  • Higher Education 101 February 2016

    “We got a lot of really good information and it was great to see that there are so many other people also interested in studying in Israel next year,” said Ruthie Sanders after she attended our Higher Education 101 seminar on Feburary 1st, 2016 at Nefesh B’Nefesh. Over 50 young women, serving the country this […]

  • Lone Soldiers Program Yom Siddurim 2016

    On February 11th, 2016, in Tel Aviv, over 1500 lone soldiers from all over the world were able to take care of many crucial bureaucratic needs such as driver’s license conversion, changes of address, higher education and career guidance, as well as Aliyah services. Representatives from agencies such as the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant […]

  • Sherut Leumi (National Service) Evening February 2016

    On February 14th, 2016, Here Next Year and Nefesh B’Nefesh brought 20 (Hebrew speaking) volunteers to help more than 50 North American girls who were interested in volunteering in Sheirut Leumi for the coming year. The event’s mission was to help the girls navigate the National Service websites and to sign up for interviews for next […]

  • Jerusalem Marathon March 2016

    The 2016 Jerusalem Marathon was one of Israel’s largest with over 25,000 participants. It is a very special experience to watch or participate by running or walking down thousand-year old streets and past historic sites like the Old City walls. Many participate to raise money for causes. Thanks to the Nefesh B’Nefesh Olim who sent […]

  • Aliyah Mega Event 2016

    Our March 6th Aliyah Mega Event in NYC was incredible, with ver 1000 people in attendance. The day started with sessions for retirees, followed by families, and singles and young professionals toward the end of the day. The presenters were able to focus on the specific needs of each group, provide critical information and answer […]

  • February 24, 2016 – Aliyah Group Flight

    Mazal tov to the 26 new Olim who arrived last week! They hail from: Florida, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Quebec! And they are headed to: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh, Ramat Gan, Ofakim, Nes Tziona, Modiin, Ma’alot, Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan, Haifa, and Emmanuel. Give them a […]

  • NBN at Jerusalem HaPoel Basketball Game 2016

    On February 21, 2016, 350 NBN Olim attended an exciting basketball game between Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. and Hapoel Tel Aviv BC. We got a big shoutout over the speakers, and some of our own Olim were invited on to the court! Check out our events calendar to see what’s coming up – we can’t wait […]

  • Darom Adom Tiyul 2016

    On February 18th, five busloads of Olim from Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh, Be’er Sheva, and Ashkelon came to take part in the annual “Darom Adom” experience. First, the group was hosted at Kibbutz Alumim, a religious Kibbutz in the North-Western Negev. They learned about the history of the Kibbutz, whose membership is made up of 20% […]

  • Purim 2016

    Nefesh B’Nefesh wishes everyone a safe and a fun Purim 2016 with best wishes for a long weekend and Shabbat. What were YOU for Purim? Add your pics in the comments and tag your friends in the album! #LiveLoveIsrael  

  • March 9, 2016 – Officially Israeli Aliyah Day

    We are thrilled that in March, 2016 Nefesh B’Nefesh had the honor of helping 150 people already living in Israel realize their dreams and become citizens! #MakeItHome #LiveLoveIsrael If you would like more information on becoming #OfficiallyIsraeli, click HERE. Photo credit לאור ירח צילום אירועים – ליאור ותומר and Shev Shatzman  

  • March 29, 2016 – Group Flight

    Welcome home new Olim! From Atlanta, Baltimore, Boca, Brooklyn, Chicago, Columbia, Flushing, Great Neck, Harris, Miami, Minnetonka, NY, Okemos, Olney, Portland, Richmond, San Anselmo, Southfield, and Washington! They’re on their way home to Beit Shemesh, Arad, Kiryat Motzkin, Jerusalem, Givat Shmuel, Netanya, Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, Tel Aviv, Tel Mond, Haifa, Rishon LeZion, Be’er Sheva, and […]

  • March 29, 2016 – Officially Israeli Aliyah Day

    On March 29, 2016, we were so overjoyed when 60 people became #OfficiallyIsraeli right in our office in Jerusalem! Already living in Israel? You, too, can become #OfficiallyIsraeli. Check it out HERE.  Photo credit: לאור ירח צילום אירועים – ליאור ותומר  

  • Group Flight March 29 2016

    Welcome home new Olim! From Atlanta, Baltimore, Boca, Brooklyn, Chicago, Columbia, Flushing, Great Neck, Harris, Miami, Minnetonka, NY, Okemos, Olney, Portland, Richmond, San Anselmo, Southfield, and Washington! They’re on their way home to Beit Shemesh, Arad, Kiryat Motzkin, Jerusalem, Givat Shmuel, Netanya, Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, Tel Aviv, Tel Mond, Haifa, Rishon LeZion, Be’er Sheva, and […]

  • Group Flight-February 24, 2016

    Mazal tov to the 26 new Olim who arrived last week! They hail from: Florida, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Quebec! And they are headed to: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh, Ramat Gan, Ofakim, Nes Tziona, Modiin, Ma’alot, Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan, Haifa, and Emmanuel. Give them a […]

  • It Only Gets Better…

    Two weeks before my flight I panicked, but I wouldn’t dare tell anyone that I had thoughts of backing out. Somehow I got over the fear, or was too chicken to admit to my friends and family that I was thinking of staying, and I got on the plane to Israel.

  • Officially Israeli Day February 2016

    Mazal tov to the 95 people who made it official today and became Israeli citizens! Some have lived in Israel a few weeks while others have called Israel home for many years. Kol hakavod to all! #LiveLoveIsrael #MakeItHome #OfficiallyIsraeli Find out how to make Aliyah from within Israel

  • Through the Eyes of the Olim at OurCrowd Global Summit 2016

    Respect. That’s what Jon Medved commanded yesterday in front of 3,000 participants at the OurCrowd Global Summit 2016. And well deserved. Medved, Aliyah MVP and CEO and Founder of OurCrowd was the 2015 recipient of Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Bonei Zion award in the field of Entrepreneurship and Technology. Yesterday’s Global Investor Summit made history as Jerusalem’s most successful summit of its kind. As Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem said in his speech at the Summit, “There is more holiness in one square meter in Jerusalem than in the entire world,” referring the to work Medved is doing to bring “a light unto the nations” from Jerusalem.

  • Aliyah: Time to Weigh In Video Series

    www.nbn.org.il – Aliyah: Time to Weigh In. The Rosh Hashana /Yom Kippur season is a period of introspection, a time to evaluate our values and life choices. Where does Israel fit in your equation? Watch this special video series featuring: Rabbi Ari Berman, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Racheli Fraenkel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Rabbi Shalom Rosner and Shani Taragin. www.nbn.org.il/weigh-in

  • Aliyah in their Own Words

    Olim are asked to write an essay when completing their Aliyah application. What comes out of these essays is truly inspiring. We selected some moving excerpts written by the individuals who arrived on the August charter flight, which provide a glimpse into the motivations behind their decision to make Aliyah. I’ve wanted to make Aliyah […]

  • Aliyah Inspiration: The story of Adina and Idan

    It all started with a blog post that Adina published in The Times of Israel, where she wrote: …years of reading online Israeli newspapers at the breakfast table and listening to Shlomo Artzi and Idan Raichel as my “most frequently played” artists made my constant thoughts of Israel a given. We reached out to Idan Raichel, Adina’s […]

  • Shabbat with Nefesh B’Nefesh

    “L’CHAIM!” rings out from the tables full of exuberant young adults at the Jerusalem Community Shabbat Dinner Welcoming New Olim. It only takes one glance to understand that it’s not a typical Friday night dinner, but a lively celebration of the newcomers who just made Aliyah. With the first of two charter flights recently landing in […]

  • Where Are They Now? The Olim of the July 2014 Charter Flight

    In honor of the July 2015 charter flight, we checked in with four Olim from last year’s flight – and found them thriving with their family, building successful careers and giving back to the country. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in one year. Eitan and Leah Mosenkis + 2 Kids Eitan Mosenkis had a […]

  • Turning the Puzzle into the Solution

    Here’s a riddle: What should you do when your boss of nine years retires and you are left jobless? The answer: open an escape room! That, in a nutshell, is what Jerry Glazer, an Oleh from Passaic, NJ, has done. On July 6th, Glazer opened the doors to Jerusalem Puzzle Quest – Israel’s newest escape […]

  • Melinda and Chelsea: The Inspiring Story of Aliyah Across the Ages

    When Melinda (Malka) Kieffer first traveled to Israel in 1969, she was elated by what she found. “I remember being so impressed that the garbage collectors were wearing kippot and that there was Hebrew on the mailboxes,” said Melinda. “It resonated with me that every single aspect of the country had something Jewish about it.” […]

  • July 2015 Aliyah Charter Flight Webcast

    Experience the inspiration as over 200 Olim arrive on the Nefesh B’Nefesh July 2015 Charter Flight. From the moment they step out of the plane to the emotional welcome ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport, you can now rewatch every moment of an Oleh’s first steps in Israel. Check out the flight photo gallery- CLICK HERE

  • 10 Essential Tips for Moving in Israel

    Summer is the time for popsicles. Suntan lotion. Beaches. It’s a time for vacation, fun in the sun, and long summer nights. Summer is also the time of year when most people move houses. We asked a trusted mover, Eliezer Cohen of Cohen Brothers Movers, for some of his top tips on how to make […]

  • The 10 Most Popular Things Olim Bring on Aliyah

    The process of moving across the world and starting a new life can be overwhelming. The good news is that people have been making Aliyah for a long time and you can rely on their collective wisdom to make the process smoother for yourself. Items from the old country help us transition to feeling at […]

  • An Aliyah High Five

    We were sitting at a sushi bar in Jerusalem this week on a beautiful, breezy night. We were celebrating. Our 11-year-old pipsqueak of a daughter, our middle child, had just competed in her first “Battle of the Crews” (an all-girls, shabbat-friendly hip hop competition that proves definitively that little Jewish girls can dance). And it […]

  • June 24, 2015 – Aliyah Group Flight

    Today we welcomed 71 Olim at our first summer flight of 2015! On the flight were 9 families and 30 young adults making Aliyah with Garin Tzabar to soon enter the Israel Defense Forces! Among them, Judah, who joined his two older brothers who made Aliyah and joined the IDF before him. Click on their […]

  • Spotted on Social: Moshe Somers’ Activity List

    Aliyah is a life changing event that affects everyone in the family – and every person finds their own way to process the experience. Moshe Somers is making Aliyah with his family this summer, and he’s understandably both excited and nervous. The precocious 8-year-old created a list of 20 things he plans on doing once […]

  • #LiveLoveIsrael Day in the Life: Kelli Brown

    Kelli Brown made Aliyah from Pennsylvania in 2007 with her husband, Jeremy. It was their second time in Israel – after Taglit in 2003, the couple decided they would eventually make their home in Israel. Since their move, the couple has become a family with four children – Abby, Asher, Josh and Miriam – and […]

  • #LiveLoveIsrael Day in the Life: Lisa Biton

    Lisa Biton made Aliyah from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009.  She met her husband, an Israeli, while studying abroad at Ben Gurion University. After living in California for two years they decided to make the move to Israel with their then 3 month old.  Lisa and her family have been living in Kiryat Gat […]

  • AEPi Brothers Create a Campus Community in Israel

    At 18, Jacob Ryan left his community in Rochester, New York to pursue his dream of studying counterrorism at IDC Herzliya. Having grown up in a Zionist home, Jacob had traveled to Israel in the past. But he knew that it would take time to acclimate to living in Israel. “I came here knowing nobody, […]

  • No Sweat: Your Guide to Summer in Israel

    Your Summer Guide in Israel Ready to enjoy the summer in Israel? First get ready to sweat. Then, slather on your sunscreen, grab your two massive water bottles, and experience the summer like a local. Here’s your guide to enjoying the summer in Israel. Become a regular at the beach Best way to survive the […]

  • An Olah Reports From Nepal

    Yardena Schwartz, 29, had always dreamt of becoming a foreign correspondent in Israel. While studying abroad at Tel Aviv University, she had been fascinated by Israel’s rich culture, and the many stories that weren’t being told. “I felt like Israel was a place that was always being covered, but the same topics were constantly in […]

  • #LiveLoveIsrael Day in the Life: Zohar Flamenbaum

    Zohar Flamenbaum, Israeli born and New Jersey raised, spent almost two years in the “real world” before choosing to make a change and join the MASA internship program Career Israel. Though she enjoyed every single moment of that year in Israel, she had never considered Aliyah. It wasn’t until her arrival to America and seeing […]

  • Why People Love Volunteering in Israel

    At age 19, Cleveland-native Eve Marzel decided to make Aliyah and volunteer in Israel through Sherut Leumi, Israel’s National Service. After spending the previous year studying at Midreshet Harova, she decided that dedicating herself to a year of service in Israel would be the first step in her Aliyah journey. “Like every other Israeli, I […]

  • 800,000 Views and Counting: So Many Reasons Olim #LiveLoveIsrael

    Thousands of Olim merit to make Aliyah and live the dream. In honor of Israel’s 67 years, Nefesh B’Nefesh has produced a video showcasing what Olim love about their lives in Israel. The video features 23 Olim of all ages, living all over Israel, representing all walks of life, making their own imprint on the State […]

  • How Israel’s National Parks Become Olim’s backyards

    Pesach is a vacation time for schools and many workplaces, which means everyone will be at home looking for something to do.  One of the traditional Chol Hamoed pastimes is to venture out to the great outdoors and enjoy the first days of spring. Fortunately, Israel boasts a remarkable number of national parks spread throughout […]

  • The Significance of Yom Hazikaron to Olim Families

    In Israel, a minute-long siren marks the beginning of Yom Hazikaron. As families head to military ceremonies to visit the gravestones of loved ones, there is a heaviness in the air. People cry openly in the streets and radios play a constant stream of sad songs. Yom Hazikaron is a national day mourning, and restaurants […]

  • 6 Reasons Why Celebrating Pesach as an Oleh is Awesome

    We all know Pesach in Israel is very different than it is abroad. Here are six specific examples of why it’s great to celebrate the holiday of freedom in Israel. 1. One Seder Who doesn’t look forward to the first night of Pesach? There’s nothing like reliving the story of Yitziyat Mitzrayim, biting into a […]

  • Slow and Steady Wins the Aliyah Race

    When Adina and Jonathan Heinberg married, they knew they wanted to build their lives together in Israel. Yet, they also knew that it would be several years until they could make the big move. Adina wanted to go into science research and had applied to PhD programs in the States. Jonathan was working in finance, […]

  • 10 Things Overheard at the NBN Mega Event

    We just wrapped up our Aliyah Mega Event series, culminating in over 1,200 people attending our NYC event. The event featured career opportunities in Israel, financial planning advice, information on taxes and budgeting, and sessions about the Israeli healthcare system and Aliyah rights. Of special interest were our Go North and Go South programs, which […]

  • The secret to this Oleh family’s successful Aliyah

    When Yehudah and Shani Block’s son was asked by his teacher to describe what life in Israel would be like, his answer surprised the teacher. This was supposed to be a Yom Ha’atzmaut exercise to help the children connect to Israel.  So when their son responded “when I move to Israel, I will have a Spiderman-themed […]

  • Make yourself at home… in Israel

    Nefesh B’Nefesh is excited to be running another series of Aliyah fairs in New York, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Montreal and Toronto. These events feature Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah advisors and representatives from government offices, allowing attendees to learn more about the Aliyah process. This includes information and advice for landing a job and planning your […]

  • NBN Announces Bonei Zion Prize Winners for 2015

    Nefesh B’Nefesh is excited to announce the winners of our second annual Bonei Zion Prize, an award created to recognize outstanding Anglo Olim who have helped Israel in meaningful ways. Nominations rolled in from hundreds of nominees from around the world, and the winners were then chosen by a prestigious selection committee. The winners will […]

  • Adloyada: A Purim parade like no other

    In Brazil, they have the Carnival. In New Orleans, Mardi Gras. New York has the Thanksgiving-day parade. In Israel, even the parades have a Jewish theme, as can be seen in the annual Adloyada Purim parades held throughout the country. Originating in Tel Aviv during the days of the Yishuv in 1912, the parade features […]

  • How One 28-Year-Old is Literally Building Israel

    When Teddy Fischer was 14 years old, he opened up his Aliyah file. “My grandparents are all Holocaust survivors, so I grew up understanding what can happen if there’s no Jewish state,” said Teddy. “I knew that if there needs to be a state, someone needs to build it and defend it and make it […]

  • How Israeli Youth Movements Will Change Your Child’s Life

    On their first week in Bet Shemesh, two girls from the neighborhood picked up Francine Friedman’s daughters, ages 9 and 13, to walk them to their first Ezra youth movement meeting. No youth director called the Friedman’s house, nor did anyone older than a high school student ever run one of the meetings. Yet, those […]

  • Your Food Shopping in Israel Survival Guide

    Early on in your Aliyah, there’s one thing you’re definitely going to need to do: go food shopping. Israel’s shopping venues may be similar to what you’re used to–or drastically different. But for most Olim, there is still much to adapt to–including Hebrew labels, different measurements, new brands, a diverse variety of hechshers, and produce […]

  • Top 7 Aliyah tips from Olim kids

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