Live from Jerusalem! It’s Avraham Avinu!

So by now, if you are a member of AACI, you have received a letter in the mail. And if you receive our free enewsletter, or if you are like us on facebook, or follow us on twitter, then you may know that Avraham Avinu was recently sighted in our Jerusalem office in Talpiot.

Here are some highlights of his visit.

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AACI is the home for English Speakers in Israel with offices in Jerusalem, Netanya, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva and Haifa.
AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2 (across from Hadar Mall) Talpiot, Jerusalem
Buses # 10, 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
(02) 566-1181 for more information about any programs or to register.
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AACI Aliyah Conversations – Ideas for Finding Employment or Starting a New Business

About AACI in Beer Sheva

Thanks to Miriam Green for providing material from a past meeting of Southern Chapter Olim in Beer Sheva.

Here are some resources and out-of-the-box ideas  to assist olim in starting new businesses and in networking to find employment.

  

AACI ASSISTANCE:

AACI Employment Resource Centers

The Employment Resource Centers at AACI’s national office in Jerusalem and the Central Branch office in Tel Aviv enable job seekers to consult AACI’s library of resource information; use a computer, fax, phone and printer for the job search; and/or schedule a personal appointment with a vocational counselor for resume and job hunting advice. The center also maintains bulletin boards listing courses, job opportunities, announcements, etc.

AACI Employment Counselors

AACI Counselors utilize their resources to assist, network, and provide ongoing support during the job search process. Call our Tel Aviv office at 03-696-0389 for an appointment with Counselor Helen Har Tal; she has hours in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Vocational and guidance counseling regarding employment includes:

  • Developing and identifying appropriate contacts for networking and employment purposes
  • Confirming licensing requirements, exam dates, training courses, etc.
  • Offering individualized resume guidance
  • Researching and updating information sheets

AACI Business Mentoring Project

AACI is pleased to invite established professionals and business people to participate in a project of the Council of Olim Associations to mentor potential olim in their fields of business. For more info, click here.

AACI and the Koret Foundation (KIEDF)  — $70,000 Small Business Loan Program

AACI is pleased to be in partnership with the Koret Foundation’s Israel Economic Development Fund (KIEDF) and to have established a small business loan program for AACI’s members.

www.kiedf.org or http://kiedf.org/home/index.html (English)  and

www.koretfoundation.org/grants/program_kiedf.html

INTERNET SITES FOR JOB-HUNTING

Two widely used Internet sites in English for job hunting are http://www.jobs-israel.com/ and www.israemploy.net and www.jobnet.co.il  is in Hebrew.

 MATI

The Israel Small and Medium Enterprises Authority (ISMEA) is engaged in establishing and supporting the operation of Small Business Development Centers (MATI Centers, from the  Hebrew acronym) in several Israeli cities. MATI Centers act as a one-stop-shop for the business owner or entrepreneur, by providing them a package of services for their own benefit and successful business performance. For more information, click here. Another site is www.asakim.org.il/.

 

FREE BUSINESS CARDS

www.vistaprint.com

 

LEARN HEBREW 

Learning Hebrew is a necessity for all jobs that olim pursue. While we “sell” our English skills, we must also learn rudimentary Hebrew. To better our speaking skills, AACI has created an Information Sheet on websites and books that may offer additional assistance to olim in ulpan or those wishing to continue studying on their own. While the AACI Southern Branch does not run any ulpanim, we do have information on private Hebrew teachers and on other ulpan programs running in the city.
AACI Jerusalem (02)566-1181 has an on-site ulpan, Ulpan La-Inyan. (editor’s note: Ulpan La-Inyan also has classes in Tel-Aviv, Raanana, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Tzfat, and Efrat. click here to go to the website.

BE FLEXIBLE!

Whereas most new olim do not have families in Israel, there are other resources that can be used to make connections and find “protektzia.” For more than 60 years, AACI has been fostering connections with olim across the country. Let AACI become your “family!” Many of our more established members are eager to assist newcomers in similar fields of expertise.

  • Use your contacts in your country of origin to connect with other olim and Israelis in Israel;
  • Parlay your skills into other, perhaps parallel, employment options;
  • Network! Tell everyone you meet  — Anglo, Sabra or other — that you are looking for a job and what your skills are. Hand out a card that lists your skills. The most unlikely person might be the one who makes a connection for you;
  • Work U.S. hours in Israel (8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Israel time) or work U.S. night hours;
  • Commute to Tel Aviv and other central points (fast trains are on their way between Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva);
  • Volunteer using your employable skills to assist you in learning Hebrew, filling your time with charity and mitzvot, and creating contacts among the city’s Israeli population;
  • Keep your spirits up by imagining your days as tiyulim (outings) to new places and opportunities;
  • Keep your spirits up by giving thanks on a daily basis for being in this wonderful, quirky, warm homeland of ours.

COMMENTS FROM OUR OLIM

We are limited only by our imaginations. Olim have successfully found jobs throughout the country. There are olim in city government, in private businesses, non-profits, organizations supporting the development of the Negev or self-employed. There are professors and librarians, chemists and scientists, nurses, doctors, dentists, social workers, engineers, lawyers, teachers, translators, writers and even accountants.

In our conversations, we must foster and listen to the advice of other olim, both chadashim (new) and vatikim (veteran). We never know who may offer a suggestion that will be the key to our parnassah (livelihood) in Israel.