The Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah organization has launched a new 'Go North' program, with the goal of bringing 1,500 new immigrants to northern Israel - mostly the green and lush Galilee - in the coming five years.
The program aims to encourage new immigrants who might be held back for various reasons from moving to northern Israel. Significant financial grants and other forms of assistance are offered to enable them to seamlessly integrate socially, professionally and otherwise into the northern Israel community of their choice.
The unprecedented $10-million project was made possible through a generous gift and partnership with the Russell Berrie Foundation and the Jewish National Fund. Two Israeli government ministries – Development of the Negev and Galilee, and Immigrant Absorption – are also chipping in.
Among the towns and cities specifically being geared for Aliyah are Nazareth Illit, Katzrin (Golan), Yokne’am, Maalot, Nahariya, Afula, Tiberias, Kibbutz Tirat Tzvi in the northern Jordan Valley, and more. Haifa and its neighboring suburbs (Krayot) are not included.
A Go North pilot trip will take place on Sunday, July 3. The itinerary will include visits to northern towns and cities, and special workshops and seminars on topics such as Employment in the North, Aliyah rights, schools, and more.