Israel Life Blog

Pilot Trip Without Stepping Foot on a Plane

2020-09-24T11:59:14+03:00Israel Life Blog|

An unfortunate reality of these unprecedented times is that prospective Olim cannot come to Israel for a pilot trip. Whether you haven’t been to Israel in decades, or you come regularly and have a lot of family here, a pilot trip is usually recommended in order to make professional connections and to find the right community to fit your needs and your way of life.

Making Lemons into Lemonade

2020-03-19T15:42:08+03:00Israel Life Blog|

Plans were in full swing for Nefesh B’Nefesh’s 12th Annual Mega Aliyah Event, which was supposed to take place in Teaneck, New Jersey. Dozens of NBN employees and outside vendors were scheduled to travel to the United States for the Mega, an event which attracts over 1,200 people each year to learn about all aspects of Aliyah, with sessions designed for all demographics.

English as an Advantage

2020-02-05T10:23:35+03:00Israel Life Blog|

Many people who are considering Aliyah are rightfully concerned about their employment prospects in Israel. The truth is, the stronger your Hebrew is, the easier settling into life in Israel will be for you. But many Olim face the challenge of transferring their career to Israel – does your specific career exist in Israel? Is your Hebrew good enough to pursue jobs in your field upon arrival in Israel? These may seem like daunting questions, but you are actually coming with a huge advantage: English.

Oleh Rights and Benefits

2020-01-22T12:59:32+03:00Israel Life Blog|

I made Aliyah a week after my wedding and joined my husband, a lone soldier who made the move several years before. We met at a wedding in Israel a year earlier and maintained a long-distance relationship for the year leading up to our wedding. It was scary and exciting. I could not have predicted then how vital living in Israel would be for us and for our future family.

Ah-ha Moments of Immigrant Parents

2019-12-22T13:15:05+03:00Blog, Israel Life Blog|

On a recent Saturday night, I was preparing my three-year- old son’s sandwich for the next morning for school – yes, in Israel there is school and work on Sundays. I opened my freezer and found I was out of sliced bread and only had pita. I nervously explained to my picky child that we are out of the normal bread, would he be willing to take pita instead? His response was, “Yes! Then I will be like everybody else!”

An Olah’s IVF Experience in Israel

2019-11-14T12:36:06+03:00Israel Life Blog|

I made Aliyah a week after my wedding and joined my husband, a lone soldier who made the move several years before. We met at a wedding in Israel a year earlier and maintained a long-distance relationship for the year leading up to our wedding. It was scary and exciting. I could not have predicted then how vital living in Israel would be for us and for our future family.

Can I go to College in Israel?

2019-11-07T09:57:35+03:00Israel Life Blog|

Due to the language difference, many Olim decide to wait until after college to make Aliyah. But did you know there are plenty of higher education options in English in Israel? With plenty of international English-speaking programs and English Literature and English Linguistics offered at most major Israeli universities, there are numerous options for college in English for Olim.

Rosh Hashana Simanim

2020-09-16T19:04:55+03:00Israel Life Blog|

Growing up in America, Rosh Hashana meant an apple and honey, a new fruit (usually an over-priced and under-flavored pomegranate), and tzimmis as per my dad’s request that my mom reluctantly made.

You Need Time Off For What?

2019-10-07T11:41:50+03:00Israel Life Blog|

The months of September and October are a beautiful time of year full of new beginnings, holidays, and delicious food. This time of year can be hectic and difficult for all Jews, but for observant Jews in North America it can be particularly hard. Asking professors and bosses for time off for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are mostly acceptable.

We Can Rebuild By Building

2019-08-07T14:30:37+03:00Israel Life Blog|

Tisha Ba’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month Av, marks the anniversary of the destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem. Traditionally, it is a day of mourning and fasting for the Jewish people all over the world.

Fact or Fiction: Finances and Aliyah

2020-07-07T18:12:23+03:00Israel Life Blog|

Israelis make less money. School is free in Israel. Israeli health care is free. Real estate in Israel is expensive.These are the assumptions often made by many who are considering Aliyah. Which of these assumptions are based in reality and which are perceptions?

Online Ulpan – Yay or Nay

2019-06-26T10:27:01+03:00Aliyah Process, Featured, Israel Life Blog|

Joining an Ulpan is like joining a gym – you will only see results if you put the work in (and you have to sweat to see the real results!). There are various options for learning Hebrew before you make Aliyah, but you need to be willing to exercise your Hebrew “muscles” if you are going to make progress.  

To Ship or to Buy in Israel?

2019-06-24T10:34:57+03:00Israel Life Blog|

Several times a week Nefesh B’Nefesh is asked about the cost benefit of shipping items to Israel - and the tough thing for us is that there is no one right answer. But over the years we’ve come up with some general rules and guidelines we think can help you as you pack up your house and prepare for your move.

Charter or bust? Which Aliyah flight is right for you?

2019-06-24T10:43:44+03:00Israel Life Blog|

Summer is just around the corner and that means the NBN Flights Department is gearing up for another jam-packed season of Aliyah. Thousands of people are packing bags, downsizing homes and planning goodbye/l’hitraot parties. 65% of all Aliyah happens during the summer which is a natural transition time for many.

How One Olah Brings Happiness Through Flowers

2019-06-24T10:15:27+03:00Israel Life Blog, Visions of Aliyah|

I made Aliyah in January 2003, at the age of 23, together with two friends from England after we graduated from university. Growing up in a small Jewish community in Newcastle, I was extremely involved and active in Bnei Akiva and Aliyah was always on my radar. I yearned to live in Israel where the Jewish calendar is an integral part of life.

Dogged Determination: How a 63-Year-Old Oleh Found a Hi-Tech Job in Israel

2019-06-24T10:10:19+03:00Israel Life Blog, Visions of Aliyah|

Neil Shore, a software engineer from Philadelphia, made Aliyah in summer 2017 with his wife at the age of 62. Aware of the profound ageism in Israel, Neil realized that it would take tenacity and confidence to find a job. I spoke to Neil to find out how at the age of 63 he managed to find a job in the hi-tech sector just ten months after arriving in Israel.

Aliyah: Do It for YOURSELF

2018-10-22T10:45:57+03:00Aliyah Inspiration, Aliyah Success, Israel Life Blog|

By Sorelle Weinstein It is difficult for me to understand my preteen yearnings to live in Israel but my desire to make Aliyah was deeply ingrained in me before I even had the vocabulary to articulate why. As a child Israel spoke to my senses. I remember the sweetness of inhaling the country. I remember the feeling of safety and love when seeing a chayal in green on Egged buses.

A Country as a Classroom

2018-10-24T09:35:19+03:00Israel Life Blog, Visions of Aliyah|

Living in Israel was never on the radar for Jennifer or Max Schrutt. In fact neither of them visited the country until they were adults. Jennifer was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish home on the East Coast, while Max grew up in a Conservative family in Denver, Colorado.


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