I am on a journey, to make Aliyah, and want to share my journey with my family, friends and anyone that is interested. I made the decision to make Aliyah in December 2002 and now I am actually doing it. This blog will chronicle my story and adventures leading up to getting on the plane and then the continuing story of the beginning of my new life in Israel and what I experience once there.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

More thoughts of where to live first

Having to figure out where I am to live should be high on my list. It has been. As I am still working with government officials on the approvals I need for my business, I figure I needed to think about where I should be. As I stated earlier, I will be in Jerusalem for the holidays. I will probably need to visit government offices and who knows where else. I would like the opportunity to explore Jerusalem. I have read on the web that Modi'in is not the hotbed of activity for singles. As the distance is not too great, I figure I can manage whatever I need for the business from anywhere in reasonable distance. I will need to be looking for where I want to be long term, but again figure I could do that from Jerusalem. I have posed some questions to the Shaliach about the Mercaz Klita (Absorption Center) in Jerusalem and knowing the accommodations are sparse at best I think it might just be workable. The center offers the intense language training program (Ulpan) on-site which simplifies a lot of running around each day for five months. Having others around that are sharing the acclimation process I see as more good than bad. Living in close quarters (dorm like) could be a challenge but I see it more as a learning experience worth sharing. The pictures included here are views from the windows of the center (credit to Jason who took these and posted them to the web). We'll see what answers the Shaliach comes up with and then I'll know what I'm going to do.

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