Thursday, July 17, 2008

OU Job Board Promotes Aliyah With Israel Job Fair During Convention 11/23-30

From an email:
OU Job Board promotes Aliyah with Israel Job Fair during convention



The decision to make aliyah presents numerous challenges – among them
finding a new home or adjusting to a new language – but now the
Orthodox Union Job Board is making the entire transition easier by
holding its first-ever Job Fair in Israel, in conjunction with the
OU's Biennial National Convention in Jerusalem at Thanksgiving. The
two-part Fair, taking place in both the United States and Israel and
free for both employers and job seekers, will offer multiple
employment opportunities for those interested in making aliyah but who
remain hesitant because they have not obtained employment in Israel.

Given the OU's priorities, it is no surprise that aliyah will be on
the agenda for the Convention. "For the first time, the OU Convention
in Israel will also serve as a job forum for those interested in
making aliyah," said Stephen J. Savitsky, OU President. "Aliyah has
always been an important objective of the Orthodox Union. By including
the Job Fair in its Convention, the OU will support aliyah by
assisting possible olim in their job search. The OU is extremely proud
of this new initiative."

Along with the Jewish Agency, Nefesh B'Nefesh, and others who will
help promote the fair and offer their network of contacts as possible
employers, the OU Job Board has devised a unique way to introduce job
seekers to employment opportunities in Israel. Part one involves
"virtually" interviewing job candidates in New York, allowing them to
meet and see their prospective employers in Israel via
teleconferencing. All of the job opportunities will be for English
speakers. The participants will also have the opportunity to meet
communities where English-speaking immigrants tend to live, further
making their visit to the Job Fair a one stop-shop not only for jobs
but for housing opportunities in Israel as well.

Once the OU's National Convention takes place in Jerusalem, the week
of November 23-30, candidates will actually meet their prospective
employers in person in part two of the Job Fair. Based on the success
of past Job Fairs sponsored by the OU Job Board, these personal
meetings are expected to lead to many finalized "matches" between
employer and employee. Those who cannot make it to New York for part
one of the Fair still have the option of participating in the second
part in Israel, with appointments arranged by the Job Fair.

Michael Rosner, Director of the OU Job Board, declared, "We are
holding the Job Fair at the same time as the National Convention so
that those interested in making aliyah will not only meet prospective
employers, but will also be able to enjoy the programming and
camaraderie of the Convention in Israel. The Convention offers
discounted rates on hotel and transport to reduce the cost to people
who are going to meet their prospective new employers and communities
in Israel."

Mr. Rosner also stated that part two of the Job Fair will welcome
English speakers who have already made aliyah but are still looking
for employment or are looking to change careers.

For more information, contact Mr. Rosner at

To look at or post jobs on to the OU Job Board please go to and choose from the thousand(s) of ready available
jobs listed here and in Israel
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