Guidance Center November&December

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Guidance Center November&December

Guidance Center November&December

So, what happened in November and December?

We got to meet a lot of new olim, and had the opportunity to conduct important collaborations with both old and new partners. Let's begin with a little of the familiar topics, and then move on to describing some new activities



So, what happened in November and December?

We got to meet a lot of new olim, and had the opportunity to conduct important collaborations with both old and new partners. Let's begin with a little of the familiar topics, and then move on to describing some new activities:

Throughout these two months, approximately ninety new lone immigrants received personal counseling (framework of 120 hours), and over 210 olim participated in the group activities (framework of 160 hours), as specified in the following.

 

Guidance provided in absorption centers and Etzion ulpanim

In November we held four workshop meetings to provide counseling in the Ra'anana Absorption Center. The meetings were conducted for three immigrant groups in Russian, English, and Portuguese. Overall, more than fifty olim came to discuss cultural gaps, planning for a new life in Israel, resume writing and job hunting, preparing for work interviews, apartment searches and budget management.

A similar process was also conducted in the Etzion Ulpan in Kibbutz Tzuba for twelve olim from across the world. Workshops were conducted there in English. In the Etzion Ulpan in Haifa we also held an English-speaking workshop on labor market trends in Israel for twenty olim from across the globe.

 

Orientation days

This time round, we held orientation days in the Mishmar HaEmek Ulpan, with over sixty olim from the ulpanim of Mishmar HaEmek and Sde Eliyahu. These were divided into three languages - English, Spanish, and Russian. It was a very interesting day, with many immigrants who previously contacted the Center requesting guidance, particularly regarding preparation for enlistment.

 

Another orientation day was conducted in the ulpan of Kibbutz Na'an, using the same format but with one new and important reinforcement, the fruits of a new partnership. Here we were joined by the Meitav Unit's IDF mobile recruitment office, including three charming soldiers, energized and ready to explain what olim can expect with their enlistment. Throughout the day, the soldiers related their personal stories, but also presented facts and figures about the conscription process itself. They also checked the enlistment status of each immigrant in the system to provide relevant tips and guidance regarding where they could potentially serve.

 

This new and important collaboration is sure to continue and thrive in the future!

 

Another partnership between the Guidance Center and the IDF (while in its third year and therefore not new – but still important) is the work done with the IDF's SIBA School (Core Issues in Israeli Society), where they train educators, welfare officers, and commanders to work with unique populations during their service. Program Coordinator, Ran Butbul, conducted a workshop teaching the common characteristics of lone olim waiting for enlistment to nineteen new and veteran education officers, as they deal with this population on a daily basis, and impact these soldiers directly or through training and providing guidance for their commanders.

 

Furthermore, a new and exciting collaboration has grown these recent months with Beit Brasil (http://www.beitbrasil.org). In the first joint event, Karen Alevi, group facilitator in the Knafaim Guidance Center, lectured on how to draft a resume and search for employment in Israel. Over thirty new olim from Brazil attended the lecture, conducted in Portuguese.  

 

We'll leave the description of the lecture and collaboration to Gerson Lerner, CEO of Beit Brasil:

 

I would like to thank the Knafaim project collaboration in our activity for Brazilian Olim last November 20th in Tel Aviv.

This was a great opportunity for the Beit Brasil audience to learn more about the professional panorama in Israel.

We are getting very good feedbacks about the activity, also highlighting the use of Portuguese, a language that connects all those Brazilian immigrants on their first stages in Israel.

We hope Beit Brasil and Knafaim could contribute together again in future activities.

Thanks again and let's be in touch,
Gerson Lerner