Meet the YAPPIES - “Young Aliyah Professionals”
You’ve heard the “Yuppies”, a term that first came into use in the early 1980s that stands for “Young Urban Professionals.” Well today in the new millennium we have a new group of young Jews that can be called Yappies, or “Young Aliyah Professionals.” These are smart, young Jews who were educated outside of Israel. They have obtained professional status and now are looking toward Israel as the place to which they can apply their skills and talents.
One such family was interviewed on Israel National Radio's Aliyah Fever show. To hear the full program click here.
“I received my MBA (Masters of Business administration) in Israel and it was completely paid for by the Israeli government," stated Josh Kanter. The young man is in his twenties and made aliyah after college with his wife Jen. Both Josh and Jen are young professionals. Israel is their choice of where to create a meaningful life, raise their children and apply their professional strength.
Josh works for the MASA Israel program. MASA means “journey” in Hebrew and is an organization dedicated to connecting Jewish young adults (ages 18-30) to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs. These Israel programs are designed to be exciting, life-changing experiences. There are over 200 such programs ranging from religious to secular programs and everything in-between. Josh was hired by MASA to be their Director of Torani Programs.
The Kanter family is not alone. There are many young professionals that are looking at Israel as their “land of opportunity.” The Israeli government has programs to pay for a college degree, whether it is a first degree or beyond.
“I feel I have so much meaning here," Josh stated. His wife Jen agreed. “A lot of our friends had five-year plans to make aliyah that have already expired. I really hope they can make it here eventually,” she stated.
To listen to the full interview including practical tips on moving to Israel, download the latest episode of Aliyah Fever by clicking here.
Arutz Sheva staff writer Ben Bresky contributed to this report.
Aliyah Fever is hosted by Avraham Venismach & Rabbi Michael Cohen. They present information regarding making aliyah including purchasing real estate, joining the army, obtaining employment and positive inspiration. The program airs every Wednesday from 7:00PM to 8:00PM on Arutz Sheva - Israel National Radio's English language live streaming audio feed. For podcast archives click here.