I am an Oleh chadash from the United States with an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I moved to Israel just over 3 years ago to learn at yeshivat, Aish HaTorah, in Jerusalem before doing business development for a software company near Tel Aviv. Over the past year I have built a small recording studio in Tzfat, where I am working on a spiritual tikkun olam rap album.
Making an aliya was an important decision for me for ideological reasons as well as to be close to my family who has always been there for me.
In hindsight, I don't think I quite recognized how special of an opportunity it was to be here in Israel at the time I had decided to do so, but it has truly been a blessing to do so and one that is replete with personal growth and undertaking various responsibilities.
I was fortunate to have family and friends here in Israel, which had made the transition much smoother than it would have been otherwise.
Nevertheless, my transition from yeshiva to the workplace was a full time endeavor involving applying to over 100 positions and going to a number of interviews over the course of about 2.5 months before receiving the offer I accepted. I think it is important for people who move to Israel to be prepared to really have to work hard to get settled here financially and find a community that they fit in. There are definitely many resources available, and Nefesh b' Nefesh had really been there for me by providing a community framework and office hub to work at. They also have a number of really helpful career services such as career counselor appointments, resume critiques, and a job board with available positions.
When Covid 19 struck, I ended up leaving my position at the software company I was working at and moved to Tzfat after speaking with a friend of mine, Susan, who had inspired me to make the move.
Beng interested in continuing to learn Torah, developing my music project, and continuing to develop my interest in health and yoga, Tzfat seemed like the perfect place to be with its quiet, mystical, serenity, and its many talented artists, musicians, and breathtaking vistas.
From the moment I landed in Tzfat, Susan had been there for anything I need along with a few special people in the Anglo-speaking community. It is truly a blessing to be here and look forward to seeing how the community continues to grow, thrive, and light the world up with their Torah and inspiration.
You can reach Yaron at email@example.com.