Nefesh B’Nefesh expands post-aliyah programming

Marcy Oster

New immigrants to Israel stepping out of the plane at Ben Gurion Airport. (Courtesy Nefesh B'Nefesh)

New immigrants to Israel stepping out of the plane at Ben Gurion Airport. (Courtesy Nefesh B’Nefesh)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization dedicated to helping Diaspora Jews make aliyah, will open two new centers in Israel to help new immigrants.

In addition to the two new aliyah centers in Tel Aviv and Karmiel, which join centers in Jerusalem and Beersheba, the organization announced this week that it would expand its post-aliyah programming to help the new arrivals acclimate and integrate in Israel.

The “Life in Israel” programs include workshops on navigating the health care system and understanding the tax system, as well as higher education counseling. Programs will also include helping new immigrants find employment, encouraging them to explore the country and to integrate socially with native Israelis.

The group said in a statement that it celebrated bringing its 50,000th new immigrant o Israel this summer.

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“We are not only proud to have brought over 50,000 Jews to Israel, but are devoted to providing each and every one of them with the tools needed to integrate into Israeli society, the workforce and continue having a significant influence on the successful development of the State of Israel,” Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, founder and executive director of Nefesh B’Nefesh, said in a statement.

 

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