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.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Budget cuts change my plans again

Due to the worldwide economic situation the Jewish Agency has had to adjust it's budget. As there have been two Absorption/Ulpan programs in Jerusalem, one for 21-35 year olds and one for most everyone else. As one was in leased facilities and one owned by the Jewish Agency they decided to obviously keep the owned one, however they also have a high desire to keep the program for young olim intact and have decided to move that program to the other campus. This happens to be where I was targeting my plans to live for my first six months in Israel. So, the Shaliach now is looking to arrange accommodations in Ra'anana, a city of about 75,000 just north of Tel Aviv. The absorption center there is a little more centrally located (within that city) compared to the one in Jerusalem, so there are some benefits to living there. I was hoping to be near the government offices as we get our business going, but I guess I'll just have to plan time in Jerusalem to do whatever needs to be done. I guess I need to make friends in the City that will take me in for the holidays... If not I'll have to find (hopefully reasonable) a place to rent or a hotel.

This is one of many adjustments I'll be making and sometimes you just have to go with the flow... No worries -- I'm making Aliyah!


Anonymous said...

BTW, I live about 20 minutes from this absorption center. Have you spent time in Ranana? If you'd like, I can take pictures. Also, btw, one of the best kosher sushi places I've been in the whole world, I've been to many, is about a 5 minute walk from that absorption center! Let me know if I can help.

Matt Gottlieb / משה גוטליב said...

I have not been to Ra'anana. I don't plan on being there long term so I don't find that to be a problem. If you want to take some pics I'll add them to the blog.

I love sushi. We had kosher sushi in Atlanta, but here in SC it is a little hard to come by...I guess I'll be walking to sushi regularly while in Ra'anana.