The Technion American Medical Students (TEAMS) Program offers an excellent opportunity for qualified U.S. pre-med college graduates to pursue a career as physicians at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa. The program combines a strong curriculum in basic medical sciences at a world-class technological institute, with clinical education at some of the finest medical centers in the country.
Making Aliyah as a student has always come with many advantages, including the opportunity to acclimate to Israeli culture at a young age, study in an Israeli university and build up a network of friends and professional contacts, all of which can help boost a future career upon graduating and joining the Israeli work force. One of the greatest benefits currently offered to new immigrants is tuition assistance from the Student Authority.
For new immigrants both young and 'young-at-heart', coming to Israel means a fresh and exciting new start. Young immigrants enter Israeli high schools and universities, while adults jump into the burgeoning Israeli workforce. For retired immigrants, making aliyah allows them the unique opportunity to do something entirely different, and special, with their time. During the last few years, more and more retired American olim are deciding to volunteer for many worthy charities and causes across Israel.
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.
How Two Visionaries Spurred 27,000 Anglos to Make Aliyah
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.
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.