Information resources for new and prospective immigrants
aliyah (lit: ascent) is the Hebrew term for "immigration to Israel"
by a person or family of Jewish heritage. Such a person is called an
oleh (male) or olah (female), plural olim.
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- aliya information
from the World Zionist Organization (WZO)
Lots of useful information on import rights for working tourists and
new immigrants, taxes, how to deal with Israeli bureaucracy, ...
- Official site of the Ministry
of Immigrant Absorption with information, aliyah statistics, ...
- AACI, the Association for
Americans and Canadians in Israel
- UJIA, website of the organizations
for British, Australian, New Zealander, German, and Scandinavian immigrants;
of their computerized starter pack.
- Addresses and phone numbers of other immigrant associations
- tachlis (Hebrew slang for "practicalities"), an Email discussion list (moderated)
for new and prospective immigrants.
- Aliya Guide of the
Globes business newspaper
(published Thu, July 17, 1997; archived locally)
- A not-too-shabby introduction to the Israeli
income tax system
for salaried employees
- some FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions [answered]) on the subject
by yours sincerely
- Deprived of good books in Israel? NOT! Here are
links to online bookstores
- and while we're at it:
links to online CD stores
- links to
(110 vs 220 volt) and
FAQs by Geoff Mendelson. While we're on the subject: web sites
(in Hebrew) of Israeli cellular phone providers
Pelephone (analog NAMPS, moving to digital CDMA),
Cellcom (digital TDMA), and
Orange (digital GSM).
- link to Israeli Internet Providers Comparison
- questions and answers concerning dual citizenship
(specific to US, but applies to many other countries) and US
Supreme Court rulings on dual citizenship (Afroyim vs. Rusk is directly concerned with US/Israeli dual citizenship). Collection of
citizenship/naturalization laws of different countries, including
- Public transport in Israel: Egged
(requires a graphical browser, Java support, and Hebrew fonts);
also train schedules (useful principally if you live in the coastal plain)
- Want to buy a car in Israel? The mechiron (price list of new and used cars) online (requires Hebrew fonts). See also note about
car rights for olim
- The 'secrets' of your Israeli
revealed: English summary of instructions in your phone
- Passing Phrase Archive (typical Hebrew slang expressions and their meaning)
- Israeli Customs Rates and customs guide for olim from the Ministry of Finance website
- New! Ask Eli service of the Jerusalem Post.