Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL) this week launched “Go Beyond” in a fresh push to develop Israel’s periphery by directing new olim toward opportunities in the country’s northern and southern frontiers.
Since its establishment in 2002, over 15 percent of Nefesh B’Nefesh olim have chosen to establish their homes in Israel’s north and south. The noticeable growth in the number of olim moving to the periphery ins partially due to the success of NBN’s “Go North” and “Go South” programs. Now, individuals who make aliyah through “Go Beyond” will be offered additional enhanced benefits.
With “Go North” and “Go South,” olim have enjoyed employment mentoring and placement, social programming, community advisement, educational resources and close contact with regional staff. Additional “Go Beyond” benefits will include:
• Grants up to $20,000
• Pilot trip grants: hotel stay, rental car and subsidized flight
• Special 2017 pilot trip planning incentives: personalized meetings with municipal contacts, community volunteers, real estate brokers, etc.
• Regional aliyah guidance: community research, employment opportunities and education options
• Assistance with aliyah documentation expenses
• Online Ulpan vouchers
• Assistance with college loans.
The first “Go Beyond,” event will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage at the Battery in Manhattan. Titled “Beyond the Start Up Nation,” it will be osted by Daniel Atar, KKL-JNF world chairman, speakers will include Noa Yaar, director of Strategic Partnerships for Israel Initiative 2020 (ii2020); Hanan Brand, co-founder of Cornerstone Venture Partners and Founder and Chairman of Made in Jerusalem; and Michael Kalantarov, co-founder and COO at Visual Estate, and the Community Relations Manager at Tech7 in Be’er Sheva.
“Throughout the years, the Zionist movement has encouraged and supported making aliyah to Israel, settlement in Israel, agriculture and development of the land,” Atar said.
“Our shared goal is to bring 500,000 new residents to the Galilee and one million new residents to the Negev.”
“It is an incredible privilege to be part of the ongoing development of Israel’s Northern and Southern regions as well as Jerusalem,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of Nefesh B’Nefesh.
“Today’s olim are infusing a vibrancy and energy into these areas of the country — socially, demographically and economically. These modern-day pioneers are not only fulfilling their personal dreams, but the dreams of the Jewish nation.”