Moving to Israel

Moving to Israel

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 26, 2020

Summary: If you're moving to Israel, gain insight from expats living in Israel about making the move. Topics covered include what they wish they had brought (and left behind), visas, culture shock, cost of living and more. It's a must read for anyone thinking about moving to Israel.

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If you're thinking about moving to Israel, read these tips from expats living Israel. From what to bring (and leave behind) to culture shock, visas and more, their insight is invaluable.

What to Bring When Moving to Israel (and what to leave behind)

When we asked expats living in Israel what they wish they had brought when moving to Israel and what they wish they had left at home, they replied:

"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," said one expat who moved to R'aanana, Israel.

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Deciding Where to Live in Israel

When we asked expats living in Israel to offer newcomers advice about choosing a neighborhood and finding a home, they replied:

"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)," said one expat who moved to 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," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Israel.

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Typical Housing for Expats

When we asked expats in Israel about the type of home or apartment they life in and whether that is typical for expats, they replied:

"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," said one expat who moved to R'aanana, Israel.

"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," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Israel.

Housing Costs in Israel

"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," said one expat who moved to 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," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Israel.

Advice for People Moving to Israel

"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 one expat who moved to R'aanana, Israel.

"My advice is to contact Rani or just type Momentum Israel and you will find their services of relocating to Israel. They can make your move very smooth and are extremely affordable and most of all helpful and caring. They'll also give you advice on the type of neighborhoods that suit best to your criteria and living preferences," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Israel.

Banking in Israel

We asked expats which banks in Israel they use and their experiences. They said:

"In Israel, it seems that there's a charge for just walking through the door. Discounts are available for members of the Assn. of Americans and Canadians in Israel. But you have to demand the discounts, which sometimes involves convincing the clericalk staff to call the appropriate tele. number while you're sitting there," said one expat who moved to Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Finding a Job in Israel

If you're searching for a job in Israel, expats talk about popular industries and how expats find employment.

"Haifa is affectionately known as the Worker's City. Main Industries: Many, many hi-tech and R&D eg. Google, Intel, Philips, IBM, 3 public hospitals, 3 universities, a busy port and of course many small and medium size businesses of all types. Networking, Social Media, Israemploy.net, Anglo-list.com, AllJobs, Manpower, Marksman Personnel are just a few on-line resources you can start with," said one expat who moved to Haifa, Israel.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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