The resources listed below reflect the experiences of thousands of individuals who have networked, “schmoozed” and experimented with Aliyah, and found that they could integrate successfully and happily into Israeli life. At the crossroads of continents and connected by technology and travel, Israel offers a vibrant and diverse place to build a social and professional identity. The dynamic social life available in Israel has prompted and inspired many individuals to make Aliyah.
Nefesh B’Nefesh on Facebook
Group for NBN applicants and Olim to network and connect while sharing experiences, advice and updates on NBN news and events. Join Nefesh B’Nefesh Community, #NBNPostAliyah and NBN TLV to meet, share information, network, make friends and more.
- JIC Israel: Events in Jerusalem, and occasionally in Tel Aviv, for Young Professionals including Shabbat dinner, networking events, holiday parties, tiyuls, weekly Torah classes and cooking classes for the English speaking community. Click here for upcoming events.
- The Jerusalem Soul Center: The Jerusalem Soul Center is dedicated to bringing together Jews from around the world in an environment of openness, spirituality, joy, and rooted Torah — it is located at 20 Rabbi Akiva Street in downtown Jerusalem and hosts shabbatot, classes, holiday events, food nights, and more. Click here for more info.
- Connect Jerusalem: A place for young adults. Click here for more info.
- Tzeirim Bamerkaz: Events & Parties for young adults in Jerusalem. The Facebook group is in Hebrew, click here for more info.
- IsraelB: An online portal, a virtual magazine, aimed at creating a sense of belonging and connection for Israelis and Anglos, making life in Israel easier and more enjoyable. It contains updated information and details of what is going on for Olim in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-particularly shiurim, although not exclusively so. Check out our website.
- Maydale: Jerusalem Municipality information for young professionals aged 18-35. Click here for more information.
- BAbayit Katamon: Grassroots community center of Young Anglo professionals in the Katamon Area. Stay tuned for upcoming social events, Torah learning groups, and more! Follow us online and on Facebook
Tel Aviv Resources:
- Tel Aviv Hub (Nefesh B’Nefesh): The NBN Aliyah Hub bridges new Olim in their first five years of Aliyah to the startup, career and community ecosystem of Tel Aviv. We’ve created a multidimensional community hub with a spacious, creative and homey co-working & event space designed with innovation and collaboration in mind. It’s a space that is flexible and open for new Olim to learn, grow and make an impact. Beginning your Aliyah journey in our hub will inspire, connect and empower you to achieve your greatest potential as you begin life in Israel. Click here for more information.
- White City Shabbat: Portal for Jewish Life in The White City. Ensuring that spirituality is not lost on Israel’s secular capital, White City Shabbat acts as a virtual matchmaker, connecting everyone with Shabbat hospitality all over the city, for both dinners and lunches. Bringing the concept of gourmet dinner party dining to a wider community, the organization also hosts its own private Shabbat meals for over 100 young professional international attendees every month. Click here for more info.
- Mazeh 9 – Center for Young Tel Aviv Residents: A third of Tel Aviv’s citizens are between the ages of 18-35 (about 130,000 people!). Therefore, the city established a special municipal center for young people and dedicated a beautifully-preserved, four-floor building in the center of Tel Aviv for that purpose. Newly launched, the center aspires to become the city’s hub for young people in all relevant aspects. At the center you can find: A hub for social entrepreneurship, a Gallery, a Culture Saloon, study rooms and special services in matters of- higher education, career, workers’ rights, legal assistance, Municipal services and so on. The social Hub is the heart of Mazeh 9 with the purpose of giving the young residents the platform to affect their society, community and city. In other words, making the craziest dream come true! In Mazeh 9, social entrepreneurs receive necessary professional tools in order to implement their social initiatives. Click here for more info. For a guide to renting an apartment in Tel Aviv, see Mazeh 9’s booklet Living in Tel Aviv – Yafo.
- TLV Internationals: List-serve for what’s happening in Tel Aviv for the English-speaking, globally minded young professional, living, studying, working, or visiting the White City. Active as the largest email database of over 20,000 young professionals and opinion makers around Tel Aviv, TLV Internationals is also the go-to destination on Facebook for these substantive postings. Click here for more info.
- The Tel Aviv Arts Council: Mission to bring the best of Tel Aviv art and culture to the world, both inside and outside of Israel. They celebrate the creative culture of Tel Aviv by providing a venue for young professional creatives and lovers of the arts to gather while attending lectures and demonstrations by world class artists, performers, and technologists. The common theme in their events is a playful exploration of the world around us and the search for something unique that expands our vistas and leaves one with a sense of wonder. All private events are non-profit, but professionally produced to provide attendees with a comfortable environment to engage with the arts community, and take place in various venues throughout the city. Click here for more info.
- The Tel Aviv International Salon: A non-profit non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing the top leaders and decision makers in Israel to speak in English to Tel Aviv’s community of young professionals, foreign press, and embassy staff. Think of it as a monthly off-the-record thought-provoking TED talk with global leaders. The Salon provides a unique opportunity to learn, debate and discuss a wide range of challenging topics, including Israeli and global politics, economics, social, media, cultural and environmental issues with a diverse range of engaging international decision makers and the leading influencers on our society. See us on Facebook or online.
- The Tel Aviv International Synagogue: A young and vibrant, warm and welcoming, full service Modern Orthodox synagogue in the heart of Central Tel Aviv. Israelis and Olim from over 30 countries, from across the religious and cultural spectrum, have made TAIS their spiritual home in Israel. Under the leadership of Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn, TAIS offers dynamic cultural, spiritual, social and and educational programs for all in an environment of warmth, acceptance and mutual respect. See us on Facebook or online.
- The Tel Aviv Guide: For English speakers. Travel information & news about life in Tel Aviv. Click here for more info.
- TIME OUT: The Ultimate Visitors Guide for Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Click here for more info.
- Secret Tel Aviv: A space for all Tel Avivis to share their experiences and questions, meet new people, and learn about… some of the Secrets of this awesome city. Click here for more info.
Other Resources for Events and More:
- Janglo: Online community for Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with jobs, events, housing news, deals, and more. Click here for more info.
- KeneSki: The oldest and most reputable organization offering ski vacations of the highest quality for young adults of Israel and abroad. KeneSki allows you to enjoy an all inclusive vacation at an attractive price. Click here for more info.
- Adopt-A-Safta: A non-profit initiative that pairs young professional Internationals and Israelis with lonely Holocaust survivors. Working off of the Big Brother/Big Sister model, our volunteers will “adopt” a grandmother or grandfather in Israel that is in need of love and attention. See us on Facebook or online. or