Nefesh B’Nefesh representative to speak at Beth Chaverim

Ari Schuchman, director of Overseas Programs for Nefesh B’Nefesh.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 11 am

Making the transition from living in the United States to settling in Israel can seem daunting. Help is available, however, for those thinking about or planning to make Aliyah (immigrating to Israel).

Ari Schuchman, director of Overseas Programs for Nefesh B’Nefesh will address the community on the impact of Olim (immigrants to Israel) at a program at Beth Chaverim.

Late last summer, Robin Mancoll, Community Relations Council director, was searching for interesting and compelling programs for the CRC’s Israel Today Forum. She stumbled across a program titled “Innovation Israel: Shaping Israel’s Future. Today.” It was a partnership program between Nefesh B’Nefesh and PresenTense offering a panel discussion with three of Israel’s leading social entrepreneurs at locations in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, and L.A. Mancoll contacted Nefesh B’Nefesh to see if Tidewater could be included in the tour, only to learn that the tour had happened the previous year. She spoke with Josh Sussman, Nefesh B’Nefesh’s project manager of Overseas Programming in Israel, who put her in contact with Schuchman. They then began a year of conversations about sharing the impact of the Olim in Israel with the Tidewater community.

Nefesh B’Nefesh, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government, provides Olim with resources and support to find jobs and housing and to become integrated into Israeli society. Schuchman will discuss the successful absorption of Olim in Israel and their subsequent positive effect on the country.

Presented by the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater in partnership with Congregation Beth Chaverim, the program is free and open to the community. RSVP to by Wednesday, Sept. 5.