WHAT IS ALIYAH?
Aliyah is a Hebrew word that means to 'go up'. While originally it referred to ascending to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish Feasts, today it has come to mean the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel.
Aliyah is simply the immigration of Jews back to their ancestral homeland. Aliyah “is rooted in the Jewish People’s fervent hope to rebuild its national life in the country from which it was exiled nearly 2,000 years ago.”
How the UIA is Helping the Jewish People Make Aliyah
The United Israel Appeal supports rescue operations of Jews in distress around the world and the continuing work for Aliyah to Israel. The surge in global anti-Semitism along with social and economic instability has also resulted in a rise in Aliyah from countries like France and Ukraine. Thousands of Jews from around the world seek better futures in Israel, including many young people. Our funds help answer the immediate needs of new immigrants and assist them with the many challenges of rebuilding a life in Israel. We help them realise this dream.
Adjusting to a new society, looking for a place to live and finding employment are daunting tasks. When coupled with the need to learn a new language and, in the case of Ethiopian olim, make an overnight transition from an agrarian, patriarchal society to a fast-paced, technological culture – the challenge is overwhelming.
UIA sponsored absorption centres provide a secure, sheltered environment where new immigrants can live, for approximately a year, until they adapt to their new environment.
Absorption centres are temporary, furnished living quarters located throughout Israel where new immigrants enjoy a supportive framework, tailored to their specific needs, free of charge. For vulnerable populations such as single-parent families, youth and students who are in Israel without family; elderly and immigrants from countries of distress, absorption centres ease the difficulty of integrating into a new society.
In addition to housing, the absorption centres offer:
- Hebrew language Ulpan classes
- Orientation programs, seminars, job placement workshops, lectures regarding employment and educational opportunities
- Cultural programs, celebrations of Jewish holidays, courses and excursions that teach about Judaism, Zionism and life in Israel
- Nursery school programs for young children
- A range of services to facilitate the newcomers’ integration, providing them with the tools needed to live independently. Preparation for prospective olim begins in their countries of origin and professional teams with extensive experience closely accompany the new immigrants through the absorption process. During this transition period, the new olim live in a worry-free environment where all their needs are looked after
Every year, motivated, idealistic young Jewish adults from
around the world choose to leave their families and homes to serve in the
Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and start a new life in Israel.
The army experience and transition to civilian life can be
difficult for any young person. However, it is especially challenging for the
approximately 2,500 lone immigrant soldiers serving in the IDF. Upon
discharge, their transition back to civilian life is also characterised by
a high level of uncertainty in areas such as education, employment and housing.
Various programs have been established to help immigrant
lone soldiers and YoungUIA has chosen to support this
initiative. Read more here.