Hashem speaks to Abram, commanding him, “Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.”

This was always my favorite Parsha; one that always resonated with me. Every person has aspirations, goals, or a destination whether spiritual or physical.  No one said the journey would be easy, but that doesn’t mean you have to go through it alone.

Some of the most common questions I get about the journey of making Aliyah are: What about jobs? How will I know where to go? Are there any resources out there for me?

Long story short: yes.

There are many resources to help you navigate your Aliyah. One of the most valuable resource I have found is the Nefesh B’Nefesh website. Even after living here for some time, I utilize the site for all types of information and links. Whether your question is “what do I need to do to transfer my profession to Israel”, “what is the average salary for my profession”, “who can I speak to in the field”, or even “what is the location and office hours of my local government office”; it’s all there.

There are vocational and re-training programs for living in Israel, and many online job-searching pages and job boards. There are pages on Facebook (or simply search “jobs in Israel” and many groups will show up) and employment counselors in Nefesh B’Nefesh, AACI, and the Israeli unemployment office.  The most important part of your job search is, network, network, network. Be creative. Let your friends, family, and counselors in Israel know when you are moving and what area you are looking for. No one knows you want a job if you don’t ask for one. This is by far the best way to find out about jobs and get in quickly.

Avraham Avinu taught us the secret to success long ago: never give up.

Avraham Avinu, at seventy-five years old, had no idea where his journey would lead him. He didn’t know that he would be arriving in a land of “milk and honey”, where he would see his barren wife bear a child and that his many descendants who would come to illuminate the entire world with Torah and Mitzvahs.

We have inherited this ability from our forefathers to accomplish more than we could possibly imagine. All we have to do it take the first step. And when the going gets tough, just know your Neve Chabad family is here.