Add to favorites
Aliyah and Integration   Partnerships with Israel   Jewish Zionist Education   Regions
Your are here :   Aliyah and Integration Aliyah Job Center
 
Log In Search Jobs
   
Email this page to a friend   Printer-friendly version of this page


Check your eligibility for full access to our jobs database.

 

Volunteering with new immigrants

The Jewish Agency, Osem, Ynet call upon Israeli families to join Babait Beyahad program (At Home Together).

 

The program involves Israeli families helping new immigrants take first steps in Israel


Tens of thousands of olim from all over the world move to Israel every year. The move usually involves leaving behind a house, career, familiar places, family, and friends they have accumulated over the years.

 

The absorption in Israel is not an easy process. The olim need to acquire a new language, find new employment and housing, and deal with financial troubles, as well as having to deal with everyday issues such as shopping in the supermarket, opening a bank account, paying bills, etc.


Program participants

 

During this process, it is not uncommon for the olim to feel lonely and alienated. IDF lone soldiers, for example, who come to Israel on their own, often chose to stay on the army base for Shabbat, as they have no relatives with whom to stay. This typically remains the case for several years.

 

Tens of thousands of olim are currently undergoing this process. However, most Israelis will never meet them socially and will not have a relaxed conversation with them in the comfort of their living room.

 

In order to bridge this gap between the new immigrants, Israelis, and veteran olim, the Jewish Agency devised the Babait Beyahad (At Home Together) Program.

 

Pairing families

The idea behind the program is very simple: to ‘couple’ Israeli and veteran immigrant families with new olim, either families or individuals. The Israeli family accompanies the olim and offers them support as they take their first steps in Israel.


Ukranian and Ethiopian olim

 

The Israeli side in each pair helps the newcomers overcome the hardships that stem from their aliya. Using their knowledge and network of friends and acquaintances, they help the olim deal with Israeli bureaucracy, find work and solve housing problems.

 

The contact between the families, through Babait Beyahad, enables the olim to expand their social network too and feel more at home in Israeli society.

 

Common backgrounds and interests

The program has regional counselors in every town who locate and recruit families. Several group meetings between olim and Israelis, where the families have a chance to get to know each other, take place before the final ‘pairing’.

 

Later on, Babait Beyahad offers professional counseling, supervision and follow-up assistance to both families, as well as a variety of cultural and recreational activities, such as trips in Israel and singsong evenings.

 

The pairing between the families is usually based on individual suitability, for example: common background (city of residence, profession, children, age, etc.), interests, and language.

 

Israelis can also join the program as task volunteers who provide assistance in a particular area, such as helping olim write their CVs, find work, and learn Hebrew.

 

Nationwide social program

Babait Beyahad offers Israelis an opportunity to volunteer and become involved in the absorption process of new olim. The program is also a nationwide social project aimed not only at helping the immigrants’ absorption, but also at bridging social gaps and promoting aliya among relatives of the new olim. The Israeli families also benefit from their exposure to new cultures and expanding their social network.

 

The Babait Beyahad program’s public council is chaired by Ofra Strauss. Approximately 15,000 Israeli, veteran olim and new immigrant families or individuals have joined the program. About 1,700 other volunteers provide the new immigrants with support in individual tasks.
Bookmark this page. Tell others!   Yahoo MyWeb   Delicious   Digg this   Netscape   Stumbleupon   Reddit   (What Are These?)
 
Back to top  
   

 
Center: Sales Representative. An international Forex company is looking for English sales representatives.... Center: Customer Support Representative – English/Italian/French. An international online gaming company is looking for customer support... South: QA Automation Engineer (TL/Experienced/Entry-Level Positions). B.Sc in computer science – Preferred Demonstrate extensive experience designing... South: Java Server Developer (Entry-Level Position). B.Sc in computer science - Must 0-3 years experience developing... South: System Engineer for Communications. Managing processes from requirements to defining the system Writing system... South: Embedded Software Engineers. For a telecom company, a programmer is required for developing... Center: Attorney. We are looking for an Attorney for our legal team... South: QA Automation Infrastructure Engineer. BSc in computer science – Preferred Demonstrate extensive experience designing... Center: UX Designer. We are looking for a brilliant Senior UX/UI designer to... Center: FPGA/ASIC Verilog Designer. Required for developing advanced designs of our future networking products... Center: Web Designer. We are looking for a Web Designer to join our... Center: Embedded SW Engineer. Wanted an Embedded SW engineer for development of a prize-winning,... Center: Product Manager for Premium Services Group. Our product team builds innovative products that consumers don't just... Center: Junior QA - Client Side Manual Testing. A great start up based in Ramat-Gan (Habursa) is looking... Center: Product Manager. We are looking for a Product Manager to take the... Center: Ruby on Rails Developer (Full Stack) Developer. · knowledge and experience in ruby on rails development... Center: Technical Writer. We are looking for a Technical Writer to take the... Center: Mobile & WEB Specialist / Architect /Engineer. Experience person engineer / Architect with online / WEB... Center: Product Manager for the Mobile Apps Team. We are looking for an experienced Product Manager to act... Center: Media Buyer/Mobile Media Buyer. Requirements: # Proven experience of at least 1 year in...


 
 

 
Home     Contact Us     Disclaimer     Site Map     Privacy     Terms of Service
(c) All rights reserved to the Jewish Agency