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New Anglo olim settling in northern Israel will receive a NIS 100,000 ($25,000) grant and a car for a two-year period, as part of Nefesh B'Nefesh's new 'Go North' initiative, aimed at encouraging the immigration of English speaking Jews to Israel's northern communities.
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The aliyah organization in cooperation with the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency, and with the support of the Russell Berrie Foundation of New Jersey, USA, will present prospective immigrants with an unprecedented benefits package, and aim to bring some 250-500 Jewish families to Israel in the coming years.
Some $10 million were allocated towards the project.
Nefesh B'Nefesh sources believe most of the families would prefer jeeps or pickup trucks that are more suited for the northern terrain.
The immigrants will be sent to one of seven communities, Maalot-Tarshisha, Karmiel, Afula, Kazrin, Misgav Region, Hispin or Yonatan that have already been prepared with the optimum conditions for the transition.
Olim will also be able to settle anywhere else in the north if they chose to do so.
Each family of immigrants will be paired with an Israeli "buddy family" from the same town, and will be provided a personal coach by Nefesh B'Nefesh.
And if that's not enough, each immigrant child will immediately upon landing in Israel be given intensive private Hebrew lessons – free of charge.