Making ‘dollars and sense’ of aliyah
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Making ‘dollars and sense’ of aliyah

Information on aliyah is discussed at a recent NBN aliyah event. (Courtesy Nefesh B’Nefesh)
Information on aliyah is discussed at a recent NBN aliyah event. (Courtesy Nefesh B’Nefesh)

Nefesh B’Nefesh Bergen County holds “Practical Aliyah-Planning” sessions on December 16 in Paramus to share insights on budgeting, the cost of living in Israel, and how to calculate earning potential there. “Bergen County Aliyah Dollars and Sense” offers two informational sessions that day, including one designed for retirees from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and another geared toward families from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Both session will be at the Nefesh B’Nefesh New Jersey office, 50 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus.

The Bergen County sessions come amid Nefesh B’Nefesh’s broader effort to provide prospective immigrants to Israel with the opportunity to have all their aliyah questions answered in one place at informational aliyah fairs across the U.S. next month. The winter fairs will be held in cooperation with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah & Integration, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Jewish National Fund-USA.

Those attending the winter fairs will meet with aliyah professionals and receive step-by-step guidance from experts about the most important details relevant to planning aliyah and starting a new life in Israel. Israeli vendors and service providers from various sectors will be on hand. That includes representative able to talk about employment, insurance, accounting, real estate, communities, budgeting and financial planning, schools and education, shipping, aliyah rights, and benefits and planning.

“For many, aliyah is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream,” Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of Nefesh B’Nefesh, said. “As this dream starts becoming a reality, those considering aliyah want to learn more about the details that go into their move. That is why Nefesh B’Nefesh — through ‘Aliyah Dollars and Sense,’ the winter aliyah fairs and other programming — is committed to empowering potential olim with the crucial information they need at every step of the planning process, ensuring that immigration to Israel will ultimately be as smooth as possible for them.”

Prospective olim attending the winter aliyah events will be able to learn more about the joint Nefesh B’Nefesh and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael “Go Beyond” Initiative. The project aims to assist new olim in maximizing opportunities offered in the country’s northern and southern frontiers, as well as in Jerusalem, by investing in its infrastructure and people. Olim who choose to make aliyah through “Go Beyond” are offered enhanced benefits, including grants up to $20,000, pilot trips, regional aliyah guidance, employment opportunities, and more. For more information, go to www.nbn.org.il.

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