If you’re interested in moving to Israel, there are several things you should consider before making the leap.
Learn the language
Learning the Hebrew language is an important first step to feeling comfortable in Israel. It’s very different from English, so if you don’t know it well, expect to run into many more difficulties than if you spoke Hebrew fluently. It will be difficult for Israelis to understand anything you say unless you speak Hebrew well enough that they can understand what you’re trying to say.
Your ability to speak Hebrew will also help determine your job prospects—if companies think that it’s hard for them (and perhaps even their customers) to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the language, they might pass over applicants who don’t have experience speaking the language. Even if there are no official requirements that applicants must meet before being hired, some employers might choose not hire someone who doesn’t pass their test of fluency in the company’s primary language.
Bring the right stuff
- Bring the right stuff.
Although you will be able to buy basic items in Israel, there are some things that are better brought from home. These include:
- Clothes that suit the weather (hot and sunny summers, cool and rainy winters)
- Items of sentimental value, such as family photos or wedding rings
- A few key items to help you feel at home (a favorite blanket, a pillowcase with a special print)
- A few key items to help you feel like you belong (jewelry with meaningful stones/metals; maybe a poster for your room).
Be prepared for culture shock
Culture shock is a common experience for newcomers to Israel. It’s not easy to leave your home country, and it can be even more challenging to move somewhere where you don’t speak the language or know anybody.
The best way to prepare yourself for culture shock is by learning about Israeli culture and customs before you arrive. Knowing what’s expected of you will help make your transition smoother because it will give you an idea of how different things are in Israel compared with where you came from.
Don’t rush into it.
Moving to Israel can be an exciting endeavor, but it’s important not to rush into anything. Take time to think about what you want out of life and what Israel has to offer, and then do your research.
You’ll want to talk with people who have been there before and find out what they love and hate about living in the country. Make sure you understand all the cultural differences between Israeli culture and your own as well—it’s easy for this information to get lost in translation when talking with friends or family members who may not know much about the country themselves.
Remember why you are doing it.
There are a lot of reasons to move to Israel. The Jewish state is one of the most interesting places in the world, and it’s also absolutely beautiful. You’ll find countless opportunities for travel and exploration, both in Israel itself and its surrounding countries. And if you’re looking for an adventure or just want to get away from your home country (or even if you aren’t), there’s no shortage of excitement here!
But before committing yourself to this major life change, make sure that it’s actually what you want. Don’t move because everyone else is doing it; only do so if it feels right for you personally. Also, keep in mind that Israel isn’t exactly a cheap place to live; while salaries are higher than they would be elsewhere (especially compared with many other Western countries), rent prices can be through the roof if you don’t look around carefully enough when searching for housing options.
Having a plan helps make moving abroad go more smoothly.
If you’re thinking of moving abroad, there are a few things to consider before taking the plunge. While it’s exciting to start the process, it’s also important to keep in mind the consequences and lifestyle changes that come with moving abroad. Having a plan helps make moving abroad go more smoothly and allows you to take advantage of all the great opportunities Israel has to offer.
While there are many factors involved in choosing where you want to live, here are some things you need to think about before making your decision:
Hopefully, this post has given you some idea of what to expect if and when you move to Israel. Remember that there are many different experiences, depending on the individual’s background and situation. If you have any questions about our experience or would like more information about living in Israel, please don’t hesitate to contact us!