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February 26, 2021 12:30 pm

Why Work From Home When You Can Work in Israel?

avatar by Rachel Berger / JNS.org

Opinion

Children land at Ben-Gurion Airport and are greeted by Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founders Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart, as well as Israel’s Minister of Aliyah and Integration, Sofa Landver. Photo: Shahar Azran.

JNS.org – It’s a difficult dilemma: An individual wishes to make aliyah, but they are comfortable in their job, at their company and with the people they work with. Moving to a foreign country is daunting as it is, and some people see the employment process in Israel as yet another hurdle to overcome. But now, it might not be.

Before COVID-19, most employees didn’t have the luxury of working from home — then the pandemic hit. Employers and employees alike realized that various job functions can be performed not only from home but from anywhere in the world.

This change in mindset has had significant implications on aliyah today. In my capacity as the vice president of employment at Nefesh B’Nefesh, the nonprofit organization that facilitates aliyah from North America, I’m hearing more prospective olim (new immigrants) say, “Well, if I can work from anywhere, I might as well do it from Israel.”

It’s a win-win situation: New immigrants can keep their American jobs while still living their dream. In fact, remote-working olim are starting to become the rule and not the exception. Major companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are showing a real shift in how we work, encouraging a home setting and different lifestyle by embracing the change. People are leaving their high-rises and settling into suburban life — after all, they no longer have to worry about their commute — further impacting the lack of importance to our employers of where we actually live.

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