Vocational Retraining Grants Available

Having trouble finding work in your field?  If so, I have good news for you!

Misrad HaKlita currently has funding available for a retraining program – you can get up to an 80% grant (maximum 7000 NIS) for vocational retraining.  You might consider advancing your current knowledge in your previous profession or choosing a different field of work if you have a hobby or other interests that could be turned into a parnassah. 

You must to apply via your Misrad HaKlita employment counselor (ask to speak with a “Yoetzet Taasuka”) prior to enrollment in a course of study.  

  1. Decide what you want to study.
  2. Locate a training program and ask the administrator to provide you with documentation of: Continue reading Vocational Retraining Grants Available

Unexpected Parnassah in Israel

One very strange, yet exciting, thing about living in Israel is that parnassah (one’s livelihood) can come from the most unexpected sources!

For example, as I wrote a while ago, after 13 months of scouring job sites and sending out résumés all over the Internet for numerous hours daily, Michael landed a job with a company that didn’t have an opening at that time. A manager at Delek met Michael through a consultant he had networked with via an NBN contact who knew he was looking for work. Delek hired him because 1) they might need someone to fill that role in about 6 months and 2) the company is committed to helping new olim.

The opposite happened to me a few weeks ago… Continue reading Unexpected Parnassah in Israel


Registering a Freelance Business in Israel

Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive guide, just my experiences in registering as a business in Israel today – at the request of my friend Shoshana 😀

There are two ways to go about this – the hard way or the CPA way! For more than 6 months (on and off) I have been trying to accomplish this task the hard way, i.e., Internet research, meetings at MATI Centers in Jerusalem and Ra’anana (MATI is The Israel Small and Medium Enterprises Authority), blogs like Gidon Ariel’s How to Succeed as an Atzmai… The bottom line is that my Hebrew skills are not good enough to navigate the system of locating the correct offices (and their business hours) or the correct forms (and completing them). Continue reading Registering a Freelance Business in Israel


Two New Job Openings in Israel for Americans

Since employment is one of the straddling the fence issues for many Americans, I’m posting these two help wanted ads that popped up on the NBN list last week. Here’s one for a Critical Care Physician:

Looking for US Critical Care Physicians* To Work in Israel

Very High American Based Salaries offered

Contact Mr. Zahav at even.zahav@yahoo.com or by phone at 718 971-5133

*Must be US Board Certified/Eligible in Critical Care

Continue reading Two New Job Openings in Israel for Americans


I.O.U. – Ra’anana

I can’t believe three months have already passed and I haven’t told you all about our new home in Ra’anana. I do apologize for the delay and for the fact that this is going to be a long one!


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that we left our beautiful and happy home in Ma’ale Adumim (along with our settler status :() and moved to Ra’anana for employment in July.

Michael is working at Delek where he is re-learning Oracle database technology (in recent years he specialized in Microsoft SQL databases). Because of his limited Hebrew skills, and his need for retraining, he has pretty much started at the bottom in a junior-level position, but that’s okay with him because he likes it there. Delek treats their employees very well – he especially likes his co-workers and enjoys the Thursday afternoon beer and nosh treats that signal the end of the work week. Continue reading I.O.U. – Ra’anana


Employment Fair – Tel Aviv – September 8th

The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Tel Aviv Municipality are holding a fair for potential employees to meet potential employers.

When: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 from Noon to 5:00 pm

Where: Ganei Ha Tarucha (Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds) building 20 (I attempted to locate this facility on a map for you but was unable to pinpoint it.)

Hundreds of employers will be at the fair, including the following fields: Continue reading Employment Fair – Tel Aviv – September 8th


Work and Human Dignity

A few months ago I read an article by Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks at Aish.com titled Work and Human Dignity that discusses why the highest form of tzedakah is helping someone find a job. I was touched by Rabbi Sacks’ words because Michael and I had been unemployed since June 2008 and were beginning to experience some of what the wise Rabbi details in his article.

So rather than wallow in self-pity, I decided it best to share what we’ve learned about job hunting in Israel in hopes that it might help some of you who find yourselves in a similar position – as well as people who may mean well, but whose attempts to “help” others only backfire. Continue reading Work and Human Dignity


Finding Work in Israel

The key to finding work in Israel is NETWORKING with people in your field of expertise and/or people who may be connected to those people in some way. Research your profession online to locate companies you might like to work for. After thoroughly reading their web site and any online news about them, seek out a current employee in a position comparable to one you’d like and ask them how one goes about getting hired. They may receive a bonus for referring you for an opening, in which case they will be more than happy to assist.

You’re probably asking, “How do I seek out people”? NETWORK! Online, in person, through an acquaintance, klitah counselor, cashiers, bank and government clerks, people sitting next to you on the bus, people at the health clinic (the guy at the front desk at Maccabi was one of my biggest cheerleaders always showing concern about my husband’s job search; as did the guy at the post office), teachers, people you meet at the beit Knesset, on the street, etc. I found carrying business cards in English and Hebrew helped our networking prospects. Tell everyone you meet that you’re looking for work and give them a card. People here really do want to help new olim.
Continue reading Finding Work in Israel


On the Job Front

I had my first in-person Israeli job interview last Thursday (between the American and Israeli elections). It took only 50 minutes to travel from my bus stop to the company’s office in Har Hotzvim (a 20 minute drive by car, or so I’m told) – pretty good for Jerusalem bus travel these days.

I arrived 35 minutes before my scheduled interview time and was ushered to a cubicle to complete some paperwork – not a job application, but rather a brief English test followed by a personality profile complete with essays about my goals and why I felt working for their company would help me achieve them. I was amused. My only knowledge of their company was the info on their website that led me to a WebEx style presentation that didn’t work. Their job ad hadn’t disclosed enough about the position for me to determine whether or not I would want the job, let alone how it would help accomplish my career goals! It had accomplished what any advertisement is supposed to; it caused me to take action in order to learn more. I don’t know if they were as amused by my essays as I was with myself while creating them. The gist of my message was that whether or not their company and this job would help me accomplish my goals remained to be determined based on the discussion we were about to have. Continue reading On the Job Front