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|Future in Israel|
When Tikva’s children have reached at least 16 years of age, and are considered academically prepared and emotionally stable, Tikva assists them in considering and preparing for possible Aliya to Israel. Working with Tikva’s professional team of social workers, counselors and psychologists in Israel, Tikva helps its graduates adjust to their new surroundings and effectively integrate into mainstream Israeli life.
Once in Israel, Tikva graduates are given access to the Tikva Israel Alumni Center in Jerusalem, a communal hub where former Tikva residents connect with one another and with Tikva staff. Here they can participate in Jewish enrichment courses and a wide range of social and cultural activities. They also receive career guidance and A Promising Future in Israel vocational training subsidies as needed. The center offers a kitchen, laundry room, study space, gym, computer lab, and psycho-therapy room. The center serves over 200 Tikva alumni weekly from Sunday through Thursday and is open 13 hours each day.
With the support offered by Tikva in Israel, more than 400 alumni from Tikva’s homes and schools in Odessa have successfully relocated to Israel. Tikva graduates are enrolled in Israeli high schools, pursuing degrees at Israeli universities, colleges and
religious institutions, participating in vocational training programs, and serving in the IDF. Many have already entered the working world, and some have started families of their own.
Tikva Israel’s activities are effectively responding to the most urgent needs of its participants. Programs include:
Tikva’s Vocational Development and Employment Placement Program
Tikva’s young immigrants arrive with the usual challenges confronting new Olim. Among the most daunting is the inability to find suitable employment in their new surroundings. In response, Tikva established an employment, placement, and vocational development program in 2007 in order to assist Tikva participants in identifying and gaining viable employment. The project offers career counseling, employment related workshops, vocational course subsidies, and most importantly, meaningful job placement.
Jewish Holiday Program and Shabbat Retreats
Jewish holidays can be a reminder to Tikva’s young Olim that they have no family in Israel and nowhere to spend the holidays. It is during these festival periods that they are liable to feel most alone. In response, Tikva’s staff and their families take approximately 150 alumni to spend the festivals together in hostels around the country. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in shabbat retreats four times a year, leaving energized and inspired about Jewish life.
Without Tikva, we would be alone for the holidays. My children would be devastated. Tikva is the only family we have and we are so grateful to be able to celebrate the holidays together”
Julia, Age 26, Tikva Odessa alumna and mother of three