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Moving to Israel

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Moving to Israel: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Israel.

What do I need to know before moving to Israel?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Israel, they said:

"I would be very reluctant to move into a home that I bought without having some real experience in the country and the city. It is too significant a purchase to make without a serious study of what the specific neighborhood, let alone the city is like. Walking through a neighborhood is insufficient. Here is an article that I wrote in the Wall Street Journal that gives more detail on moving to Israel," said another expat in R'aanana.

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How do I find a place to live in Israel?

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We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Ra'anana was suggested to us. Within the city, we decided that it would be worthwhile living as close to the highways leading to Tel Aviv as possible. We were looking for an attractive neighborhood with mixed housing (apartments as well as single-family homes)," remarked another expat in R'aanana, Israel.

"I found an amazing relocation service through a guy named Rani. He found me accomodation and a job and helped me with everything, including opening a bank account, acquiring a credit balance, access to free medical aid, he even took me to the grocery store to familiarize me with all the products. Then he had referred me to a 5 hour Hebrew training crash course where I learned basic Hebrew," said another expat in Tel Aviv.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Israel?

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"We live in a private home that is not attached on any side. It is the American ideal. Most families here in Israel live in homes that are attached or apartments," added another expat who made the move to R'aanana.

"It's a beautiful and renovated 2 room apartment in Tel Aviv old north near the beach. I'm not sure if its typical, every apartment has its own character," explained one expat living in Tel Aviv, Israel.

What is the average cost of housing in Israel?

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If you are thinking about moving to Israel, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Housing costs in Ra'anana are high. A home comparable to ours would probably price out at least at $1 million. This is typical of the city in which we live," remarked another expat in R'aanana, Israel.

"They are somewhat higher, Tel Aviv is an expensive city and you pay for living near the beach and for the weather in Tel Aviv," said another expat in Tel Aviv.

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What should I pack when moving to Israel?

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We asked people living in Israel to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:

"Here are three things not to bring: 1) Appliances that are designed for US homes 2) Anything that you are even thinking about discarding 3) Books that have already been read, unless you are a show off," remarked another expat in R'aanana, Israel.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Israel?

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We asked people in Israel if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!:

"Some founded out language situations. Right after we arrived we purchased a Volvo. At that time it was viewed as the smart person car. Here it was viewed (25 years ago) as being like a Cadillac in a neighborhood of Chevrolets," said another expat in Raanana.

"Sometimes I still go to a store on Friday night/Saturday to find it closed for Shabat, or one of the many Israeli/Jewish holidays I was unaware of," remarked another expat who made the move to Kfar Saba.

What are medical services in Israel like?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Israel, they replied:

"The system is difficult to manage if something is wrong. Wait times for appointments are ridiculous. I'm a citizen, so it's not expat care, it's the Israeli socialized medicine," stated one expat who made the move to Tel Aviv.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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Israel GuideIsrael Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Israel.

Israel Forum Israel Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Israel on our Israel forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Israel Index Israel Index
An index of all of our site's Israel information.

Contribute to Israel Network Contribute
Help others in Israel by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Israel.

Expat Healthcare Advice in IsraelHealthcare & Health Insurance in Israel

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Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Israel.

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