web analytics
July 2, 2015 / 15 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
Home
Sponsored Post


Pioneers of the Periphery: Olim of the South

Got that pioneering spirit? You’re invited to help build Israel’s periphery by planting roots in southern soil with Nefesh B'Nefesh.
Bicycle in South

Photo Credit: NBN

Everyone from young children through seniors, can find their niche. With many of the first wave of southern Olim nearing retirement age, they are welcoming contemporaries coming to retire in the sunny south. “We’re seeing a new trend,” Greenberg comments. “Seniors are coming, knowing they can find affordable homes here, live off their pensions, enjoy nice weather and enjoy a built-in English-speakers network of people their age.”

For younger folk looking to work in the south, there is also good news: Companies are hiring and local yishuvim and kibbutzim have ambitious business ventures that require talented employees/members. As Greenberg summed up the scene “Although there are perhaps fewer jobs specifically for English-speakers, there is also less competition for those jobs.” It only takes one right offer to launch a new life.

Newlywed Bernie Malaky is in the midst of launching his new life, in Ashkelon. 29-year-old Malaky, whose wife Dikla is a native of the city, has been living there for three months. Malaky, who designs and produces events, upscale simchas and theater productions, is busy developing a new client base in Israel. “Compared to what people outside of Israel are accustomed to, commutes are reasonable,” he reports. “The whole country is small. Ashkelon is called the south, but it’s actually just a hop skip and a jump from the center of the country. Tel Aviv is less than an hour by train and so is Jerusalem. I go to Jerusalem once or twice a week. It’s a super smooth ride, and the scenery is much better than when I used to commute from New Jersey to New York. The trains are clean and quiet, and the buses are surprisingly on time. Frustratingly so sometimes,” he says with a laugh.

In terms of drawbacks, Malaky only has one complaint. Life in Ashkelon occasionally makes him forget why he’s there. “We’re very fortunate. We live two blocks from the sea and there’s almost always an ocean breeze. Every yard here has a fruit-bearing tree. This time of year you can pick any kind of fruit in your own backyard, or ask your neighbors to pick from theirs. Sometimes I have to remind myself that this is a day-to-day life and not just a vacation.”

Got that pioneering spirit? You’re invited to help build Israel’s periphery by planting roots in southern soil.

To learn more about the Go South initiative click here.

About the Author: Benzi works for Nefesh B'Nefesh.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Pioneers of the Periphery: Olim of the South”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Windows on the Jerusalem Light Rail smashed by Arab stone throwers.
Jerusalem Arabs Attack Light Rail in Shuafat, Again
Latest Home Stories
Shuvu Girl

For One Day Only: $1=$4, Thanks to Matching from BIG Donors

Shuvu Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel.

Shuvu’s largest campaign is this Monday, in four countries!

Celebrate Israel Festival 600x400

The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.

Seconds often make the difference between life and death and new technology makes the difference…

United Hatzalah program honors our survivors, war veterans with specialized medical care

Meir Panim delivers warmth, special care to families in need.

Where there is no vision, the people perish – Proverbs 29:18

As Purim approaches, thousands of Israeli children and families grapple with poverty

‘Double Gold’ awarded to 2012 Yarden Heights wine & 2011 Yarden Merlot Kela Single Vineyard.

The evening begins with a dairy reception at 6:30 PM, and the conversations and debate begin at 7:30 PM.

Situated in the south of Jerusalem, the project benefits from one of the city’s most prestigious and desirable locales, nestled in a particularly attractive area between the Talpiot neighborhood and the green groves of Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.

The interdisciplinary center has created an educational system that combines academic tuition with a strong commitment to social issues.

Africa Israel Residences is marketing 3 prestigious projects at the heart of the city under its “Luxury Collection” brand.

Spend the holiday at a ‘home away from home’ in Northern Israel.

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.

More Articles from Benzi Kluwgant
Bicycle in South

Got that pioneering spirit? You’re invited to help build Israel’s periphery by planting roots in southern soil with Nefesh B’Nefesh.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/home/promotional-content/pioneers-of-the-periphery-olim-of-the-south/2013/06/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: