Jewish Agency Absorption Centers

FIRST HOME IN THE HOMELAND

Absorption centers

WHY ABSORPTION CENTERS?

Adjusting to a new society, looking for a place to live, and finding employment are daunting tasks. When coupled with the need to learn a new language and, in the case of Ethiopian olim, make an overnight transition from an agrarian, patriarchal society to a fast-paced, technological culture - the challenge is overwhelming. Absorption centers provide a secure, sheltered environment in which new immigrants can live – generally for a year - until they adapt to their new environment. 

WHAT ARE ABSORPTION CENTERS?

  • Absorption centers are temporary, furnished living quarters located throughout Israel where new immigrants enjoy a supportive framework, tailored to their specific needs, free of charge  
  • For vulnerable populations such as single-parent families, youth and students who are in Israel without family, the elderly, and immigrants from Ethiopia and other countries of distress, absorption centers help cushion the difficulty of integrating into a new society  

HOW DOES IT WORK?

In addition to housing, the absorption center helps to ease the adjustment to Israel and offer: 
  • Hebrew language ulpan classes
  • Orientation programs, seminars, job placement workshops, and lectures regarding employment and educational opportunities
  • Cultural programs, celebrations of Jewish holidays, courses and field trips that teach about Judaism, Zionism, and life in Israel
  • Nursery school programs for young children  

HOW ARE THEY UNIQUE?

  • Absorption centers offer a wide variety of services to facilitate the newcomers’ integration, providing them with the tools they need to live independently
  • Preparation for prospective olim begins in their countries of origin
  • Professional teams with extensive experience closely accompany the new immigrants through the absorption process
  • During this transition period, the new olim live in a worry-free environment where all their needs are tended to  

WHOM DO THEY HELP?                                                                                  

Over 10,000 new immigrants, the majority from Ethiopia, who live in 22 absorption centers throughout Israel  
 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Every dollar you contribute will help a new immigrant start a new life in Israel! Donate now   

Give Israel's new immigrants a secure start




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