300 young professions eye aliyah at ‘Impact Israel’


More than 300 young Jewish professionals who are making aliyah to Israel participated in the Impact Israel conference, organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, and JNF-USA. The New York event, at the Convene conference center, was geared toward Jewish students and young professionals from the Tri-State area seeking to advance their professional and educational careers in Israel.

Six outstanding olim who shared their extraordinary Israel success stories.

“The hundreds of young New Yorkers who participated in the conference filled us with optimism,” said NBN Vice Chairman Erez Halfon. “Their aliyah insures the future of Israel, its society and security.”

The conference featured breakout sessions on how to thrive professionally in Israel, on the benefits of aliyah, a discussion of life in the Israel Defense Forces, and an Israeli university marketplace exploring options to acquire a free graduate degree. In addition, participants met individually with past and future Lone Soldiers (those who immigrated without immediate family and served in the IDF), alumni of the MASA Israel Experience program, entrepreneurs and others.

Impact Israel included discussions on breaking into diverse fields in Israel, from hi-tech to politics to social work, sessions with Israeli employment counselors, networking sessions, and informational lounge conversations with aliyah advisers and olim.