Nefesh B’Nefesh’s website now contains a page listing a bunch of LGBT organizations in Israel. This is great news for anyone in North America and the UK who is considering making Aliyah as they’ll more easily be able to find LGBT organizations in Israel that cater to English-speakers.
Nefesh B’Nefesh’s website now contains a page listing a bunch of LGBT organizations in Israel. The additional page was added thanks to the effort of Roy Freeman, manager of the Facebook group for LGBT immigrants, who made an Aliyah using the services of the Jewish Agency. “I wasn’t told about Nefesh B’Nefesh or even about any of the LGBT organizations,” Freeman told A Wider Bridge in April, “I only discovered from friends at Ulpan that the Sochnut had a program called ConnecTLV for under-35 singles. Being slightly over their age limit, I thought I’d have a look at their Facebook page anyway, hoping to find events that might suit me, and was disappointed to see that they seemed focused mainly on helping single new Olim find husbands or wives.”
Nefesh B’Nefesh, or Jewish Souls United, is a nonprofit organization that promotes, encourages and facilitates Aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel) from North America and the United Kingdom. The organization aims to remove or minimize the financial, professional, logistical, and social obstacles that potential Olim face. Nefesh B’Nefesh works in close cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Government of Israel and major Jewish organizations across all denominations and assists people of all ages in the Pre and Post-Aliyah process, offering resources such as financial aid, employment guidance and networking, assistance navigating the Israeli system, social guidance and counseling. Since 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh brought over 30,000 Olim to Israel.