Marc Rosenberg is the director of One Aliyah, NBN’s new department empowering singles and young professionals ages 18-35
for Aliyah. In this webinar, he focuses on the subject of making Aliyah to Jerusalem.
My name is Marc Rosenberg with Nefesh B’Nefesh and I am here to present advice for Students and Young professionals moving to Jerusalem. Jeruasalem is a special city capital of Israel, destination to millions of tourists each year, and an incredible mix of old and new. When considering moving to Jerusalem you need to balance your aspirations and expectations. Nefesh B”Nefesh, in helping 25,000 people make their dream of Aliyah a reality has seen that a solid plan for Aliyah is a key to a successful integration into Israeli society.
A majority of Olim from North America choose Jerusalem as their first home. What brings people to Jerusalem often is the history, the atmosphere and the people, We will cover four topics in this presentation. It is important for you to consider where in the city you want to live, specifically housing and the affordability of such apartments. Prices in neighborhoods vary and there a some great websites, such as flathunting.com and homless.co.il, that will give you a sense of the price range for rentals. Budgeting is an essential part of your first year of Aliyah and it is important for you to calculate a reasonable projection of your costs so that you have the time and freedom to make your cultural adjustments. We also discuss employment opportuniteis in Jerusalem and how our Olim find jobs here. Finally, we will briefly explore the social networks that help Olim like yourself become apart of the city life.
Where in the city are you interested in Living. Most of our Olim live in the above five neighborhoods. Not to exclude other parts of the city such as French Hill or Kiryat HaYovel which has significant student populations, these five locales. Katamon is often refered to as the Upper West Side of Jerusalem and is popularized but the TV show “Sirugim”. Next to Katamon is Baka and the German Colony, the Moshava Germanit, which are sandwiched by the poplular street Emek Refeeim. Rent in these three neighborhoods are on the more expensive side, but prices are always dependent on wether the apartment was refurbished, size, and what floor it is on. There are significant populations of “anglos” native English speakers peppered throughout these neighborhoods. Farther South from Katamon and Baka is Talpiot and Arnona. Talpiyot is an industiral neighborhood with Malls, supermarkets, moview theathre and garages, but has a few residences that are close to Baka. As you move across Derech Beit Lehem (another street of stores and resturants) and Drech Hevron you move to the nighborhood of Arnona which is near the Taleyet of Armon HaNatziv (a popular promanade and overlook of the old city). Prices in these neighborhoods might be slightyly more affordable then Katamon but have good bus services and it is a 20 minute walk to Emek Refeim, (depeningin on which parts). The final two neighborhoods are more in the center of the city. Nachalot is right next to the shuk of Machne Yehuda and is popular place for artist, and a more “granola” and hippie crowd, with a few shuls there that cater to this population. Nachalot is very diverse in that it also has a signifiat Haredi religuious part as well. It is in easy walking distance to the Central Bus Stations, the shul which I mentioned and the old city. Last on the list was one of the most popular neighborhoods 50 years ago, Rechavia. Rechavia has great apartment options and is clustered near the Prime Minsiters and Presidents residences. It is located on the hill above Katamon and borders on Nachalot. I encourage you to do more research on each of these locations as the similarities often out way the differences between them.
Knowing your budget, especially for your first year of Aliyah is highly recommended. You need to consider all of the costs associated with your transition and move and make sure that when you arrive your aren’t digging a financial hole that will setback your integration. There are sometimes hidden costs to the move or renting an apartment as well as many wonderful benefits from the government of Israel. Consider whether to bring ALL your possessions over to Israel for your first temporary apartment, or waiting to you settle in. Proper expectations is often what helps people make modest first steps before the have settled into a new job. The last key factor to consider is transpiration costs. Especially for those of you have a car, it might seem crucial to buy one right away. The costs, taxes and insurance for cars are expensive and might not be worth the headache during your first year. The public transportation system, buses and taxis, might serve you well for the times that you are in ulpan or your job better then paying for car. Do you research and don’t jump to any assumptions that the same why you commute now is the way you will get around in Israel.
This is a sample budget from your website – note that there are ranges on some prices as everyone has different preferences and tastes in lifestyle. I encourage you to reach out to Olim who are here already, through our fan page on facebook, and ask them their opinion on how they built a plan for their first year.
Employment is one of most significant issues for everyone making Aliyah. Most people ideally would like to have a job before they arrive but this is often not the case. Usually it takes 6-9 months to find a job. During this time, most olim are in Ulpan and networking to find a job. Our employment department at Nefesh B’Nefesh recommends using linkedin as a professional networking tool as it is very popular for Israeli companies, so much so that headhunters are having a hard time keeping up with the pace of postings. While there are no hard and fast rules, you need to carefully think about what you bring to the marketplace and what you want to contribute. These are some of the specific industries that Jerusalem Olim are working in – (read list). Other Olim are commuting outside of the city to Tel Aviv, Herzilia and beyond. Finding a job is an idividual serach according to your specific skill set – I encourage you to research your profession in Israel and contact the NBN employment department at email@example.com with any specific questions or for professional contacts.
Our last topic is social networks and social life. To connect to the previous topic, most people find their jobs through social networks, “putting it out there” so to speak that they are looking for a job. There are three main networks that Olim use: First if the anglo network. Nefesh B’Nefesh offers social programming and host events and listservs that allow Olim to connect and promote ideas and business amongst oneanother. Janglo is an online community that host many services that every oleh that I know has used at one time or another. Don’t be afraid to lean on these people and don’t try and reinvent the wheel – It is best to learn from those who have come before you in order to maximize your personal and professional impact. Beyond the anglo bubble, there is the larger “israeli” society. There are a variety of community centers, synagogues and cultural institutions that offer assistance and programming for locales. To increase your integration, it is recommend to go out beyond your comfort levels and experience the larger social offerings. Many olim are hestiant because of Hebrew. Your ability to learn Herbew is effected by your experience interacting and conversing in Hebrew. I recommend listening to the radio as a way of sharpening your comprehension and staying in touch with the local news and issuses. Finally, Jerusalem is strongly influenced by the universities here and the many learning centers that attract tourists and students from around the world. All of the these visitors and beautiful color to the city and will allow you accent your social avenues as well.
This has been an overview of the four main issues that impacts young professionals moving to Jerusalem, location, budgeting, employment, and social networks moving to Jerusalem. This advice is not exhaustive. Mazal tov on your decision to make Aliyah and hope that you feel that extra meaning when you say, “Next year in Jerusalem”. If you have further questions, you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-4-ALIYAH, that’s 1-844-425-2925 with any questions. Aliyah is not a destination, it is a process and hope that we can be a help through this incredible experience.
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One Aliyah Team
NBN’s new department empowering singles
and young professionals ages 18-35