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New Immigrant Real Estate Quest Is Determined By a Variety of Issues

03/24/2011 - 20:00

The wave of Anglo immigration to the Jewish State during the past decade has played a key role in changing the demographic complexities of towns and cities across Israel, as well as improving the bottom lines of more than a few private and public building companies.

Nefesh B’Nefesh:

How Two Visionaries Spurred 27,000 Anglos to Make Aliyah
03/24/2011 - 20:00

When venerable Florida entrepreneur cum Jewish philanthropist, Tony Gelbart and young Yeshiva University rabbinical graduate, Joshua (Yehoshua) Fass, decided to create Nefesh B'Nefesh (NBN) in 2002, they had no idea if their non-profit start-up, designed to actively enable American aliyah to Israel sans the Israeli bureaucratic boondoggle, would actually attract substantial interest. What they did know, was that aliyah from the USA was rapidly drying up and a daring initiative was desperately needed to trigger a new wave.

Above right: Rabbi Fass and Tony Gelbart greet young American olim.

Q&A With Nefesh B'Nefesh Founder & Executive Director, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass

03/24/2011 - 20:00

Question: Nearly a decade after launching Nefesh B’Nefesh, are you surprised by the impact that North American Aliyah has made on Israel?

Rabbi Fass: In addition to the fact that 27,000 western olim are now living happy, successful and productive lives in Israel, this wave of aliyah has made a great impact on the country as a whole. Western olim are helping to build up the North and South of Israel.

Creating The Next Generation of Leaders

03/24/2011 - 20:00

Every year thousands of young Jewish adults from across the globe experience life in Israel through one of Masa Israel’s 180 long-term programs. These Masa Israel alumni return home with a much stronger commitment to both Israel and their Jewish identity, and many even assume leadership roles in their home communities.

Masa Israel participants spend 5-12 months experiencing Israel; bonding with the land, the people and the culture.

On the Right Course for Life in Israel

03/24/2011 - 20:00

Studying in Israel has many benefits for new immigrants (olim), not least of which is meeting people and making new friends in the country you’ve chosen to make your home. The options are numerous and every city and area in Israel has choices that will give you the start in life you need.

NBN Soldier Fund:

Try Something Different
03/24/2011 - 20:00

As most high school seniors in America are planning for life away from their families for the first time and college students are planning their spring break, a small, passionate group of their peers are embarking on a quite different, selfless path. An increasing number of Jewish-Americans are opting out of the typical college experience in the United States, choosing instead to make Aliyah and serve in the Israel Defense Forces. These young people are known as lone soldiers; soldiers without family in Israel.

Israel’s North:

A region of opportunities
03/24/2011 - 20:00

With its rural landscape, rolling mountains and natural water sources, many people think of Israel’s north as a prime vacation spot. Yet the region is becoming increasingly popular as a place for Olim to call home. In 2008 Nefesh B’Nefesh launched an unprecedented pioneering initiative aimed at encouraging North American and British Olim to settle in the North of Israel and benefit from all the wonderful opportunities the region has to offer.

An increasing number of American Olim are moving to the North of Israel and embracing its vast range of opportunities.
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