General Program

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The Bayit Rishon B'Moledet program is run on over thirty Kibbutzim throughout the country. Each Kibbutz is different, with its own history and character.

The Bayit Rishon B'Moledet  program is run on over thirty Kibbutzim throughout the country. Each Kibbutz is different, with its own history and character. Since the program requires a commitment of six months by the Oleh and the kibbutz, it is important for us to match each immigrant to the most suitable Kibbutz, based on his needs and preferences, as well as on the character, location, population and opportunities of specific Kibbutzim. Information, advice and guidance will be offered by project heads.  There will be an option to establish a connection between program participants and other immigrants or English speakers on the specific Kibbutz, in preparation for the Aliyah date.

OVERVIEW

The first year is divided into two periods:

  • Your first six months includes an intensive Hebrew ulpan. Studies take place in a local or regional ulpan, either three or five mornings a week. The ulpan period includes seminars and trips throughout the country and cultural activities.
  • On completion of the first six-month period, you may wish to extend your stay by and additional six months. This will give you the opportunity to continue with your hebrew studies in a more advanced Ulpan class, attend a vocational or retraining course offered in the region, or find local employment.
  • Beyond the Bayit Rishon B'Moledet program, most of the Kibbutzim offer participants the option of staying on as residents or applying for membership.

What do the program participants receive?

  • Accommodation is in a modest apartment or caravan, with basic furniture such as beds, refrigerator, stove, table, chairs, etc.
  • Intensive 5 months Hebrew ulpan which each participant is required to complete
  • Schooling for families with children
  • Assistance by aliyah coordinator from the Kibbutz and the regional council throughout the program.
  • A variety of high-quality municipal services, such as medical care, swimming pool, sports fields, playgrounds, etc.
  • An active social structure, including social and community activities, parties and cultural events.
  • A peaceful and safe environment where Olim can focus on their studies

Services available on the Kibbutz

  • Every Kibbutz has a health clinic which operates on week days several times a week. Fully qualified nurses and family doctors make up the medical staff.
  • Important: The olim who choose this project are asked to sign up at the “Clalit” Health Fund in order to receive treatment at the Clalit Kibbutz clinic. Visits to professional doctors are at regional or city clinics.
  • Every Kibbutz has a mini-market/grocery store where food items and any daily necessities may be purchased.
  • Some Kibbutzim maintain an active dinning room with reasonably priced breakfast and lunch.
  • Most Kibbutzim have a swimming pool, the use of which is included in the services available to program participants.
  • There is always a laundry for minimal charge,
  • In some of the Kibbutzim there are libraries and social groups.

FIRST STEPS

  • On arrival in Israel, you are brought to the Kibbutz, where a coordinator will be waiting for you whatever time of the day or night you arrive, with an apartment prepared and equipped for you with food in the refrigerator.
  • After a few days, after having a rest, the coordinator will take you to the nearest city to arrange all the required documentation and to sign up with the Kupat Holim. 
  • The next step is to introduce the oleh or family to the important Kibbutz service managers such as the nurse, the kindergarten director, the mini-market manager, the laundry manager,and the dining room.
  • Following initial organization, program participants will sign a six months non-revocable rental agreement with the Kibbutz. The agreement will include information on the rights and duties of both the participants and the Kibbutz, and the prices of accommodation and assorted services.

Costs vary from Kibbutz to Kibbutz and depend on numerous factors such as:

  • Housing: the size of the apartment/house, its location and what is included in the price (usually property tax and water, but some Kibbutzim include electricity, phone and cable in the price). The price varies from 800 to 1300 NIS (shekels) per month for families, or 700 to 800 NIS for singles.
  • Additional services: cable, electricity, gas, phone and internet are provided for an additional charge.

Note: Every new immigrant family is entitled to the Absorption Basket, financial assistance based on family size, intended to help olim with their initial period of adjustment in Israel.
The Absorption Basket should be adequate to meet the needs of a family, as long as the family plans its expenses carefully.

Important: The agreement is for six months, with an option to extend it for a year. Extending the contract beyond the first year is possible on most Kibbutzim after a reevaluation of the contract conditions.