What is Aliyah?

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Every year, thousands of North Americans make Aliyah, finding great jobs, warm communities, and a holistic Jewish life. These Olim are writing the next chapter of Jewish History.

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What is Aliyah?

The Hebrew word “Aliyah” literally means ascent or rise, but for generations it has been used to mean “immigration to Israel.”

Israel has always been the center of the Jewish universe, but for centuries the dream of moving to Israel was just that, a dream.

In the 1880s, organized groups began to immigrate to Israel with the goal of building communities and settling the land. “Aliyah” became the official term for immigration to Israel when, in 1950, the State of Israel opened her doors to the Jews of the world and passed the Law of Return.

Who makes Aliyah?

Jews of all denominations, ages, and backgrounds – singles, young professionals, families, retirees – are making Israel home.

How does one make Aliyah?

The first step in making Aliyah is to fill out an application. Once you have filled out your application, you will be assigned an Aliyah advisor who will help you determine your Aliyah status and what documents you will need. The next steps are to gather the required documents and interview with a Jewish Agency Shaliach (representative). Once you receive your approval, you will receive an Aliyah visa, and finally, book your flight!

Where can I find Aliyah guidance & information?

You can reach out to Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah at every stage of the process. In addition to our one-on-one guidance, we offer informational events and have an extensive library of recorded videos and articles on an array of Aliyah related topics. Nefesh B’Nefesh can help you plan your move, find the right community, start your job search, advise you about your rights and benefits, and help you ease into your new life in Israel.

What happens after I arrive in Israel?

Your new life begins. As with any big move there are challenges, but you are not alone.

Nefesh B’Nefesh will be there for you every step of the way, helping you navigate the ins and outs of life in your new home.