Nefesh B'Nefesh and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL) announced the launch of a joint initiative titled “Go Beyond.” The project aims to assist new olim in maximizing the opportunities offered in the country’s northern and southern frontiers, and Jerusalem, by investing in its infrastructure and people.
“Today’s olim are infusing a vibrancy and energy into these areas of the country — socially, demographically, and economically,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “These modern-day pioneers are not only fulfilling their personal dreams, but the dreams of the Jewish nation.”
Since the organization began in 2002, over 15 percent of Nefesh B’Nefesh olim have established their homes in Israel’s north and south. The noticeable growth in the number of olim moving to the periphery is partially due to the success of Nefesh B’Nefesh’s “Go North” and “Go South” programs, which aim to energize these communities with talented and innovative olim. Now individuals who make aliyah through “Go Beyond” will be offered additional benefits.
With “Go North” and “Go South,” olim receive employment mentoring and placement, social programming, community advisement, educational resources, and close contact with regional staff. “Go Beyond” additional 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, realtors, etc.
- Regional aliyah guidance: community research, employment opportunities, and educational options
- Assistance with aliyah documentation expenses
- Online ulpan vouchers
- Assistance with college loans
“This ongoing strategic cooperation between KKL-JNF and Nefesh B’Nefesh is meant to assist and support new olim interested in migrating to Israel and call it their home,” said KKL-JNF World Chairman Daniel Atar.
“Our shared goal is to bring 500,000 new residents to the Galilee and one million new residents to the Negev, and there is where our main efforts reside. KKL-JNF is proud and excited to help in this initiative to encourage aliyah and support new olim, and I am sure that throughout their lives here in Israel, they will come across KKL-JNF many times — through educational programs, development of settlements, and natural landscapes.”