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jasonalster posted An educational memoir of life in Israel on the Israel forum on August 09, 2014:
Hi, In 2010 , I wrote a memoir / non fiction novel , about life in Israel as I lived there 23 years. I talk about how to acclimate into other cultures and there is much personal experience about starting a business there , culture , food, and experiences traveling to neighboring countries. I also compare Israel as a democracy to other democracies and especially the USA. With Israel in the news again, I find this memoir as still appropriate for grasping a deeper love and understanding of what Israel is all about as a breathing living nation, and not just an actor on the world stage. The book was in some ways based on the book Under The Tuscan Sun ( culture acclimation, humor) and the Hobbit (wild, adventure) . However , when the movie Eat Pray Love came out, I saw it was similar to that genre for its life lessons learned and shared world experiences. With Amazon.com and Kindle. Leaving Home, Going Home, Returning Home: A Hebrew American’s Sojourn in the Land of Israel Authored by Jason Alster List Price: $18.99 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) Black & White on White paper 308 pages ISBN-13: 978-1439258750 (CreateSpace-Assigned) ISBN-10: 1439258759 LCCN: 2009911178 BISAC: Travel / Middle East / Israel Whether you dream of moving across the country or to another continent, or you are returning home after a prolonged absence, Jason Alster’s Leaving Home, Going Home, Returning Home is an illuminating and inspiring read. Alster paints a picture of his move to Israel, his palette of words reflecting the tones and hues of this Mediterranean nation, but the message he conveys could be applied to any move, to any change from one place to another. Why? Because this book is about the courage to change, to take risks, and to trust oneself regarding that place we wish to call home. How does one adjust to a new language, to a culture decidedly different from the one left behind? What new lessons must we learn? Is there a sense of isolation and longing, or is it possible to become part of that new place and create a sense of community and belonging? According to the author, the answer is a definite yes! Page after page, readers will discover the keys—and occasionally the secrets—to fitting in. CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/1000252310
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yossefz replied to the thread Israeli Military Status & IDF Army Desertion/Evasion/AWOL on the Israel forum:
idflaw initially posted:
If you are an Israeli citizen or if one of your parents is an Israeli citizen, and you never resolved your army status in order to get an exempt from IDF mandatory military service; if you made “Aliyah” but then left Israel before having enlisting to your army service; or if you enlisted to the IDF but fled the country before completing your services, then you may have been given a “deserter status”. >>What does this mean?<< If this is the case, then the Israeli military has probably issued a warrant for your arrest, and you could be arrested upon leaving or entering the state of Israel. Once apprehended, you will be jailed for up to 48 hours, during which time you will have limited or no contact with your family, while military officials review your case in order to determine what charges to press. If criminal charges are brought against you, you will probably be remanded throughout all legal proceedings and until after having served your full prison sentence. >>What is my army status?<< Unfortunately, most people who are unaware of their illegal army status find out about it for the first time upon their arrest. We can help you determine and resolve your army status ahead of time. >>Why resolve my Israeli army status now?<< The longer you are evading the law and the less cooperative you are with law enforcement officials, the more severe your criminal offense is considered. It is highly recommended to resolve your case prior to being apprehended. Depending on the circumstances, you may end up being discharged administratively, without a criminal conviction or jail time. On the other hand, you may be court-martialed, face significant jail time, and receive a punitive discharge. The outcome of your case will follow you for the rest of your civilian life. That is why it is imperative to resolve your army status with the military’s authorities as soon as possible. >>What if I wait?<< As a fellow Jew, one can never know when life will lead you back to Israel. What could be worse than missing out on your best friend’s wedding, your relative’s funeral, or even your son’s Bar-Mitzvah trip, all because there might be a warrant out for your arrest? Resolving your army status is a process, which could be very lengthy in time. It is therefore important to start the process as soon as possible. >>Must I be in Israel to start the process?<< No. As your local representatives we can address relevant officials in your name, without your presence needed. If your case is applicable for complete dismissal of charges, you will never have to set foot in the country. >>Will I have to do jail time?<< Not necessarily. This question can be accurately answered only after a thorough review of your case. For more useful resource information, please visit http://www.idf- law.com
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i had real help from http://www.idf-status.com/
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sensualspirit replied to the thread Inter/jobs for prospective expat on the Israel forum:
1010 initially posted:
I'm a 25 years old Singaporean male who have served 2 years in the Singapore military and currently pursuing a double major in Mathematics and Physics in a prestigious Australian University. I am interested in venturing into areas of weapons and defense development in Israel. Where should I get started and what do (people on this board) advise?
sensualspirit replied most recently with:
Sorry I don't have time to pull them all up for you. All you have to do is log in to both & search for the word "Israel". As you join one, more will show up that are similar & you can go from there. Here's 2 I found right off the bat. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Israel-High-Tech-10000-members-80793?gid=80793&trk=vsrp_groups_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A1924085031405945632392%2CVSRPtargetId%3A80793%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Job-Networking-in-Israel-73238?gid=73238&trk=vsrp_groups_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A1924085031405945632392%2CVSRPtargetId%3A73238%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary Good luck Michelle
1010 replied most recently with:
Thanks for the reply Michal. Could you suggest a few potentially active groups?
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jeffnorman6 replied to the thread executive suites tel aviv?? on the Israel forum:
jeffnorman6 initially posted:
i want to know about some of the best hotels which provides best executive suites in tel aviv. I am also herering someting about The Norman Hotel which is about to open next month
jeffnorman6 replied most recently with:
he guys where are you?? come reply something :)
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anglolist replied to the thread Making Aliyah as a student on the Israel forum:
rastacourage initially posted:
I've been thinking about earning my Master's abroad, and at first I was more targeted towards Europe, because education can be cheaper there. Then I found out about Aliyah and all the benefits they give you. I am a Jewish American, and am considering making Aliyah, to be blunt, for cheaper education. However, I am in love with the country, although I do not want to stay there forever. I am intrigued by the culture, living in a place that is in war, and well, it's beautiful no matter where you go. But this would be, at least as of right now, a temporary thing. And a school, the Arava Institute, seems like the perfect place for me and how I want to study. I wanted to get advice from people about the process. If I am missing a catch, if I am making a stupid decision. I understand this reason isn't exactly the most ethical or the point of making Aliyah. But is it wrong to consider this? Any suggestions/advice/considerations would be extremely helpful.
anglolist replied most recently with:
Hi, Studying abroad is a wonderful idea. As a Jew, studying is Israel could be life-changing for you. As you know Israel has many internationally recognized and well respected institutions of higher learning and their international student programs offer a warm and welcoming experience. My personal opinions and strong feelings about you making Aliyah and using your Aliyah privileges for the sole purpose of getting a cheaper eduction are best left off this page but I would be willing to get into a private discussion with you. Israel, like any other country in the world has its positives and negatives - as does the USA. I suggest you join one of the many forums for English speakers where you will get advice from a wide sector of the population. This is a link to one of the largest Anglo groups on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/anglolist/ Only you can decide if it is a right or wrong decision but consider the millions of Israeli taxpayers and world Jewry who contribute large amounts of money so that financial assistance can be offered to students/new immigrants. Hope this helps.
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anglolist replied to the thread Business expenses before moving on the Israel forum:
bine22 initially posted:
Hi all, we are planning to move to Israel in the summer. I'm going to be self employed. My question is if I will be able to deduct on my Israeli tax return business expenses that I incurred before registering in Israel as self-employed. I was thinking on buying things I need for my business in the US before moving. Doe you have any tips for a good website about taxes for self employed (Hebrew or English)? Thanks!!
anglolist replied most recently with:
Before you start claiming expenses you have to register your business in Israel. Here is a link to a firm that can help you. http://aboulafia.info/en/ When you contact them, ask for Binyamin and tell him Suzanne (from anglo-list) sent you. His firm will be able to answer all of your questions and they speak English.
sensualspirit replied most recently with:
Ditto on this question. Be careful what you buy stateside, I've gone thru all my electrical equipment & certain things won't work there so we have to buy there. Yes we can use a converter (that's okay), but the transformers heat up & waste extra electricity. Also I found out that the ISPs make you use THEIR router : ( so there's no point in buying a new one (my Linksys isn't working well.) Michal
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adminee posted Survey about Healthcare in Israel on the Israel forum:
We've put together a brief survey about expat healthcare. The goal is to collect information from you about the quality and availability of medical services, health insurance, prescription medicines and emergency care in your region of Israel. We'll be soon publishing the responses to help others who are following in your footsteps. Please take several minutes to answer the survey. The more detailed you can be in your responses, the better. Thank you, in advance, for sharing and helping others moving to your area! http://www.expatexchange.com/eetr/addtiptopic/7
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sensualspirit replied to the thread Coastal Towns: Real Estate on the Israel forum:
kitkat2104 initially posted:
My husband and I are planning on purchasing land near a coastal town to build. We are looking for referrals for a real estate agent, architect, building contractor, and attorney. Also, we'd like to know of any bad experiences
sensualspirit replied most recently with:
Hi, I can dig up the name of someone who built their house & found the right builder. Not sure about the RE agent or architecture. This guy had a NA style house built & wanted people to know it COULD be done, but he's also in a climate that isn't as hot. But still it's worth talking to him. PM me your e-mail address & I'll then find his info for you. Michal
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