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JERUSALEM (01/03/21)— After Aliyah (afteraliyah.com) was created in order to create a central clearinghouse for information related to living in Israel for those who have already made aliyah.
Daniel Rosehill, who founded the site, envisions After Aliyah as a not-for-profit organization whose sole aim is to host and publish practical information about living in Israel without regard to its tone. The website is targeted specifically at the English-speaking post-aliyah community (those who have already immigrated to Israel).
According to Rosehill, “there are many great websites and resources focused on aliyah. But a lot of the information currently authored is marketed to those who have not moved to Israel yet. It can be more promotional than informational in both tone and content.”
Seeing the need for more pragmatic and objective information, in English, about how to do everything from ordering groceries over the internet with Shufersal through to buying prescription medications online , Rosehill, a writer and immigrant himself, began authoring a series of guides and blog posts on a Medium publication he set up, Living in Israel.
“Eventually I decided that I had enough information written to form the beginnings of a larger project,” he said.
“I believe that this community is interested in a different set of issues than those who haven’t come to Israel yet. Retention (staying in Israel) is a big concern. As is integration and setting up a life here.”
Rosehill said that — unlike platforms trying to market Israel to prospective olim — he also doesn’t want AfterAliyah to shy away from articles and content that discusses the challenges of making a life in Israel.
“I’ve written previously about how high the cost of living is in Israel; how difficult it has become for young people, especially olim, to even think about getting on the property ladder; and the various other socioeconomic issues that we immigrants are facing here but which aren’t currently getting discussed outside of Facebook groups and other closed fora. “
“These are issues that ultimately end up driving a lot of olim out of the country but which a culture of silence has developed around, perhaps out of fear of not deterring future olim.”
“But for Zionists, I would argue that it’s time that we began discussing these things in the open. And focusing, instead of engaging in blanket promotion [of Israel], on discussing how we immigrants can maximize our contribution to the country and make it as likely as possible that we will succeed in starting new lives here. Otherwise the revolving door that has been a prominent feature of aliyah to date will keep spinning”
Regarding the website:
“I felt that there was room for one more platform in the English-speaking blogosphere that would focus on presenting practical information about how to make a life, and a living, in Israel. To host both a variety of perspectives and how-to guides. And not shy away from telling things as they are.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Aliyah refers to Jewish immigration to Israel
Olim is the plural form of a Jewish immigrant to Israel. The singular is oleh (masculine) and olah (feminine)
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