The Six Steps to Aliyah Success
Before your Aliyah
Step 1 - Paperwork
Check the validity of your passports
Gather all your necessary documentation, certifications etc. and check with your shaliach (emissary) and your Aliyah organization that all your papers are in order. Be sure to keep these in your hand luggage. Do not post or ship them.
Settle and cancel all your utilities
If possible, send out a change of postal, email address and telephone numbers to all your friends and colleagues
Contact your doctors for medical records and possible referrals to new physicians
Contact friends and family, in Israel, and give them your arrival date.
Contact the school and arrange for student records
Schools in Israel are not like Jewish Day Schools in the Diaspora. Join group lists, and post a request for information and recommended schools in the city or town of your choice.
Ensure that you have certified copies of diplomas and degrees
Step 2 - Accommodation
- If you have already made a pilot trip and you have the means, start looking into real estate and housing options in Israel.
- Arrange for temporary accommodation: check into the possibility of government-sponsored housing, absorption centers, an inexpensive hotel or a short-term klita apartment at subsidized rates.
- If you do buy at this stage, consider renting out your property until your arrival.
- Accommodation for your pets; research regulations, quarantines and procedures
- Arrange for a rental car if necessary.
Step 3 - Relocation
- Budget your relocation expenses
- Book your flight – it will give you a real goal to work towards.
- Research reputable removal and shipping companies – make arrangements for your shipment. Consult our Business Directory for recommendations.
- Ship your goods ahead of time if you have already have suitable accommodation arranged.
- Arrange for storage facilities for your household items if necessary. Consult our Business Directory for recommendations.
- Give notice to your landlord if necessary
- Become familiar with Israeli shipping regulations
- Start to pack your boxes, make an inventory for the movers and keep a copy for yourself.
- Make sure you’ve taken out insurance for your shipment
Step 4 - Finances & Employment
- If you haven't already done so, start putting money away to help tide you over in the first few months
- Consider the cost of buying a car in Israel vs. shipping your vehicle - sell your car if necessary
- Consider ever purchase you make now carefully, stop buying things that will not be necessary for your new lives or that you will have to throw or give away before you leave. Start using up consumables in your cupboards. If you want to bring stocks of your favorite local brands, organize it at this time.
- Advise your tax authority that you are leaving the country and apply for any refunds if applicable
- Investigate the regulations regarding moving your money, from your country of origin, to Israel
- Finalize and transfer your pension fund, life insurance and other insurance policies
- Start researching the job market and employment opportunities - check out job sites, employment agencies etc.
- Get your Curriculum Vitae up to date (in Israel it is commonly known as a resume) and prepare one according to local requirements. We have lots of top employment tips to help you on your way!
- Identify companies you want to work for and get in touch with them
- If you are self-employed, consider your options for opening a business – re-qualifying, taxation etc. Make contact with a lawyer and an accountant
- Get in touch with MATI - they provide mentoring for small and medium businesses. As a new immigrant you are entitled to a range of benefits.
- Write your letter of resignation and have it ready to hand in at the appropriate time
- Make sure you leave enough time to wrap up your affairs
Step 5 - Saying Goodbye
- When you've taken care of everything, make a final trip to your favorite places and take lots of photographs.
- Treasure every moment when you say farewell to family and friends!
After your Aliyah
Step 6 - In Israel
- Refer to our article - Your First Week in Israel.
- Register with a health fund and open a bank account..
- Schedule an appointment with your local branch of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption - Misrad Haklita, so that you can start receiving your "sal klitah" - immigrant assistance.
- Register your children at the new school of your choice (refer to our article on the education system in Israel and some of the alternatives).
- School children are entitled to additional assistance with their homework and lessons.
- For your convenience we have translated the most common household bills in Israel
- Join networking groups on the internet
- Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
We wish you every success in your new home.