If you are from an English speaking county and planning to make Aliyah, or are just arm chair dreaming, the agencies listed below are your one stop shopping centers. These organizations have put together an incredible amount of information, and it is increasing and improving constantly. They all have many years of experience helping Olim in all phases of making Aliyah. Although each organization is geared to helping a specific population, the information on their web sites is invaluable to everyone. The next blog entry, Aliyah For Dummies - Step 4, will deal specifically with Nefesh B'Nefesh and the paper work involved.
The core mission of Nefesh B'Nefesh (NBN) is to revitalize Aliyah and to substantially increase the number of future olim by removing the financial, professional and logistical obstacles that prevent many individuals from actualizing their dreams. In the process of fulfilling our mission, we aim to educate and inspire the Jews of the Diaspora as to the centrality of the Jewish State to the Jewish people and its desirability as a Jewish home. Such enhanced awareness will send an unmistakable signal of Anglo-Israeli Jewish solidarity and of our mutual determination to strengthen the State of Israel and thereby increase the likelihood of an ever expanding Aliyah reality. (From NBN web site)
Telfed - the nickname for The South African Zionist Federation (Israel) preceded the birth of the State of Israel when we established an office in the twilight months of 1947, to assist the brave young men and women from South Africa who volunteered to fight in Israel’s War of Independence. Over the ensuing decades we have grown from strength to strength, servicing the needs and interests of our Southern African community throughout Israel. (From TELFFED web site)
The United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) is UK Jewry’s commitment to Israel and the Jewish people.
UJIA, incorporating the British Olim Society, is the representative of UJIA in Israel and has a strong tradition of helping people, expressed through the implementation of UJIA initiatives and programmes throughout Israel.
UJIA is committed to the successful absorption of Olim into Israeli society and offer pre- and post- Aliyah advice. Help is available for all aspects of the Aliyah and absorption process including advice on Aliyah rights, employment and financial assistance. In addition to British Olim, we are also proud to offer services to Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and Scandinavians. (From UJIA web site)
The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) is a voluntary, Zionist organization serving approximately 120,000 North Americans living in Israel. We are dedicated to the successful absorption of these North American Israelis into Israeli society. AACI actively encourages Aliyah, helps newcomers acclimate, provides ongoing services to veteran olim ("vatikim"), engages in programs to enhance the quality of life for all Israelis, provides social activities and works towards building stronger ties between North American Jewry and Israel. (From AACI web site)