My husband is in the IT field so we are thinking of living within commuting distance of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or both, if possible. We have been exploring the idea of living, so far, in Ra’anana, Mo’diin, and Jerusalem. We are planning to come to Israel either two weeks before or two weeks after Passover this year for our pilot trip. I’m sure in the next month or so we’ll have more cities to add to our list of places to visit.
For now, we are focusing on:
- Employment: my husband is in IT, so we need to be somewhere where he has some employment prospects. Schools: we need a school system that is patient/accepting of English speaking olim.
- Religion: We live in a fairly rural part of northwestern NJ where the Jewish community in our town is virtually non-existent. We attend a Reform synagogue now 30 minutes away, but we hope within a year of moving to Israel we will be able to be more observant. So initially, we need to live somewhere where we can learn and adjust to a more religious lifestyle than we currently have.
- Community: Hopefully a community with some English speakers, with good public transportation (I doubt we will be buying a car initially), and some services for olim, such as Ulpan. If any communities come to mind I’d love to hear about them!
Can you help Debbie and her family? Debbie has heard of the Tali school system (part of the secular system, but with stronger religious studies), but doesn’t don’t know where they are all located.
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