Life in the Galilee
Towns and cities in the Galilee are anxious to attract new residents from other parts of the country. The Galilee offers a wide variety of choices, from the convenience of city life to the serenity of the countryside. New residents can settle in small towns, or opt for villages located on and around the Galilee hilltops (mizpim). Each community has something different to offer. Communities reflect the cultural diversity of Israel with a blend of sabras (people born in Israel) and immigrants from all over the world, including the United States, Britain, South Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America. The Shorashim
community, for example, has almost equal numbers of Israelis and immigrants. Some communities are secular, others are religious, and some have a traditional lifestyle. Different building schemes are offered, to meet varying needs — for all from couples with young children to older people. Here you can find more information on communities, villages, and towns in the Galilee
Work and Play
The Galilee is within easy reach from most major cities, with approximately a one hour journey to Haifa, and two hours to Tel Aviv. Local towns and cities offer a combination of high- and low-tech job opportunities. For more information on the types of industries operating in the Galilee, see the industry section of our site. The Galilee also offers all the cultural and sporting opportunities you would expect to find, with activities all year round.
The Galilee actively seeks new immigrants (olim). Depending on whether new olim are single, or married with children, the State of Israel offers a number of different options aimed at making the aliyah process as smooth as possible.
Volunteers and professionals, many of them from the Immigration and Absorption Department, are available to assist new immigrants with every aspect of initial absorption, including healthcare, housing, schooling, and employment. The mercaz klitah, or absorption center, is often the first introduction to life in Israel. These centers are placed throughout the country, and are usually conveniently situated near public transportation, shopping, and other services.
Absorption centers in the Galilee are located in
- Upper Nazareth.
Learning Hebrew at Ulpan
Almost every absorption center has classes for Hebrew study, or ulpan. The five-month ulpan is compulsory for all absorption center residents.
There are special club-rooms for older children, where they can receive help with their Hebrew studies and homework, as well as make friends and participate in social activities. Adult residents from around the world can enjoy each other’s support and encouragement while learning a new language. Cultural events, organized by the absorption center staff, contribute to the informal Hebrew learning environment.
For more information on absorption centers, see the Jafi web site