Next year in Jerusalem?
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2003-11-04
Wailing Wall in Jerusalem
The Jewish Agency Aliyah Department has enhanced its support in helping people who are planning to settle in Israel.
A package of services put together with the Zionist Federation will offer a job finding scheme, help with getting accommodation, a Hebrew conversation course as well as support in filling in forms and getting an air ticket to travel.
Over the past few years, those going on aliyah have remained static, but Israel is looking to increase the numbers.
"We are hopeful that this new package will be welcomed by those who are planning to make aliyah," said Tomer Orni, head of Aliyah Delegation for Northern Europe. "I also feel that the job finding scheme, while not a guarantee, should also be a big help to a lot of people. Potential immigrants will be put in touch with a consultant who will help to match them up with a job in Israel."
Boaz Yardeni, head of the Aliyah Department in the UK added to Mr Orni's comments and said: "We are trying to speed up the whole process, which can, of course, like any major move, be very stressful."