Rank and File: Tel Aviv Proves Biggest Draw for New Immigrants

Plus, applications open for Initiative for Zionist Innovation and a Jerusalem talk on 'The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis and Palestinians'

Linda Lovich giving a Tel Aviv Career Talk in 2018.

TEL AVIV ON TOP: For the fourth time in five years, Tel Aviv was the number one destination for new immigrants, the Tel Aviv Municipality reported this week. The coastal city attracted over 3,000 immigrants in 2018, including 307 from the United States. Jill Reinach, the municipality’s director of projects for English-speaking immigrants, told Haaretz that a growing number of high-tech startup ecosystems that “want to go global” are seeking immigrants and “internationally minded people.” The municipality is facilitating this effort by hosting talks to “address the needs of olim [new immigrants] to find a job or advance their career,” noted Reinach, who is originally from New York City but grew up in Florida. After the first talk drew over 100 people, “we realized we were onto something,” she noted. Her project also established the Tel Aviv Employment Network, which meets almost weekly and is open to all English speakers. For more info, call Jill at 052-743-2423.

EMPOWERING IMMIGRANTS: Nefesh B’Nefesh has opened applications for its 2019 Initiative for Zionist Innovation, together with the Steinmetz Herskovitz Family Fund. The initiative offers seed funding, mentorship, networking assistance and logistical support to eligible new immigrants to actualize their projects. “This year’s Initiative for Zionist Innovation is focused on empowering olim to effect change within their own communities through olim getting involved and creating positive changes on their immediate surroundings,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “The Steinmetz Herskovitz Family Fund believes in the potential of olim to improve the communities they live in, because they have already done so in their previous Jewish communities,” said Marty Herskovitz, a philanthropist and immigrant himself. The deadline for applications is January 31. For more info, visit http://www.nbn.org.il/initiative-for-zionist-innovation/

A DIFFERENT BERLIN EXPERIENCE: While Berlin is home to the largest Palestinian diaspora community in Europe as well as a sizeable number of Israelis, the two communities are treated differently, according to Palestinian-American scholar Dr. Sa’ed Adel Atshan and German-Israeli scholar Katharina Galor. They will soon be publishing a book on their findings, called “The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis and Palestinians,” which Atshan will discuss (in English) at Tel Aviv’s Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung this Monday. While Germany’s special relationship with Israel has contributed to preferential treatment in Germany, Palestinians report they experience various forms of censorship, according to the authors. Dr. Areej Sabbagh-Khoury of the Hebrew University will host Atshan, who is an assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore College. For more info, visit the “Moral Triangle” Facebook page.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. 

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