Potential olim crowd a Nefesh B'Nefesh event in NYC


Nearly 1,500 prospective immigrants to Israel attended a mega-event on Sunday to learn about what it takes to make aliyah.

The Nefesh B’Nefesh Mega Aliyah Fair, at John Jay College in Manhattan, drew singles, families and retirees looking to prepare themselves for such a big move.

Sessions at the event provided information and workshops on subjects such as financial planning and budgeting, choosing a community, building a strategic job search plan, navigating the Israeli health care system, and buying or renting a home in Israel.

There also was programming for children, visits by Israeli vendors and service providers, and an Israeli-style market.

Some attendees were in the beginning stages of planning their moves, while others were gathering information to help them decide whether to make the move.

Nefesh B’Nefesh, Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA co-hosted the event.