Making Aliyah a Smooth Landing

Packing up your stuff, deciding what to take with you or give away, closing down your phone line and electricity bills, selling your car – all the aspects of moving can be a huge source of frustration and seem endless. Add to that a new culture, language, schools, job, and you’ve got a recipe for some major stress. Like..BIG time.

Before Aliyah vs. After Aliyah

Making aliyah is more than shipping containers and copies of medical records. There’s so much to consider that the list of questions feels never-ending:

  • Do we bring our American appliances or buy locally?
  • I work from home. How long it will take to get a landline and internet service?
  • I’ll be 5 months pregnant when we arrive. What’s the best way to choose a doctor?
  • Should we keep a US address for tax purposes?
  • Should we move to a big city or a small yishuv?
  • What is the education like for special needs children?

The list gets longer and longer. Just getting to Israel is the easy part – it’s after the plane lands when new olim find they need the most help.

But who says you have to do this by yourself?

Making Aliyah: Then

If this were 20 years ago, you’d have to schlep to a bunch of government offices, running around like a headless chicken to get setup in your new life – and that’s just for the basics, like converting your US driver’s license.

This is, of course, assuming that the office that handles that is open, because maybe they’re closed on the 2nd Monday of each month, and wouldn’t you know it, that’s the very day you went there! So you try the next day, only to be informed that someone named Orit oversees this and she’s not there today. Sorry, try again tomorrow.

Ok, the driving license can wait. Instead, you make a ton of phone calls to arrange delivery of your new washing machine, and even though you were told someone will help you in English, the person on the other end of the line doesn’t speak a lick of English. Somehow, you ended up ordering a microwave. What on earth…?

Making Aliyah: Now

No doubt about it, planning aliyah is a lot of work. No matter how many things you have to think about, there will be more – a lot more. It can make you want to tear your hair out or throw a chair at someone.

But before you pick up that folding chair to hurl it across the room, take a breath and talk to the experts. The team at Olim Advisors has seen and heard it all. In fact, they’re olim themselves and they understand the complexities of aliyah better than anyone.

Olim Advisors’ clients enjoy a host of personalized services that make their aliyah easier and simpler. So why go it alone?

Premium Service, Personalized for You

No two aliyah stories are alike. Whether you come as a newlywed couple or with a large family, your needs are unique. From choosing the right community, registering kids in school, finding a doctor, renting a car, ordering a gas line put in your kitchen, or anything else, it can feel totally overwhelming. That’s where Olim Advisors comes in, taking the hassle out of your hands.

Someone to Guide You As You Start Planning Your Aliyah

Are you thinking of making Aliyah and overwhelmed by the many decisions that they you need to make?  Decisions like: 

  • Should you do a pilot trip and if so, when?
  • Choosing a community
  • Picking schools for you kids

Making these decisions can get overwhelming pretty quickly, especially if you’re not in Israel to make them. Olim Advisors’ professional staff can help you with all of these decisions. They’ll create a customized itinerary for your trip to give you the best advantage, with loads of helpful information and personal contacts. They’ll book appointments with local community coordinators, school administrators, or realtors to give you a great head start.

A Custom Game Plan Before Your Aliyah

As you get closer to your aliyah date, Olim Advisors staff will coordinate a wide range of services to help ensure you’re all set up by the time you arrive. This includes things like:

  • Shipping arrangements
  • Exclusive discounts on appliances
  • Car rentals and mechanic services
  • Review of rental agreements

They take the headache out of setting up your new home so that you can focus on what’s most important to you.

After Your Aliyah, We’re Still Here

After landing in Israel, during the first few weeks and months, there are a lot of things you’ll need help with. The Olim Advisors team is still here to help you acclimate even after you arrive.

Their clients get access to services such as:

  • Coordinating the hookup of utilities so that your internet, water, power, etc are all set up and in your name within a few days after you arrive in Israel. 
  • Applying for a biometric ID card and personal attention – we come with you to the government office and help you every step of the way
  • Applying for an Israeli passport (especially important if you plan on traveling soon after your aliyah) – they’ll come with you to the appointment, answering any questions, or clarifying the process throughout the entire meeting
  • Children’s school registrations and after-school programs
  • Choosing and signing up for a healthcare plan
  • Opening a bank account, setting up automatic payments, etc.
  • Signing up for ulpan

Even “small” things like your first trip to a supermarket can feel like a huge ordeal. Guess what? Olim Advisors helps with that, too.

A soldier never goes into battle without the right equipment.

A surgeon never enters the operating room without the right tools.

An orchestra never begins to play music without practice.

So why would you want to make aliyah without the right help and assistance? Don’t tear your hair out or throw a chair. Let Olim Advisors help make your aliyah as smooth and as effortless as possible.

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