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Supernovae Israelis: Come and Succeed

"Maidan Aliyah" and "Putin's repatriation": these words describe a new phenomenon in the history of modern Israel - a sharp increase in the number of people who left and continue to leave Ukraine and Russia in recent years. Some are fleeing the hostilities in eastern Ukraine and the economic decline of this country, while others are fleeing from the Putin regime, which is tightening the screws more and more against the backdrop of a stagnating economy.

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The numbers clearly show: more than 13 thousand people from Ukraine and more than 12 thousand people from the Russian Federation moved to Israel for a permanent residence to live from January 2014 to April 2016. And these figures more than double the number of repatriates from these countries in the “quiet” 2012-2013 years.

2015 people repatriated from the United States and Canada to Israel in 3600—about the same number as in 2014.

This is our story about how the fate of the new Russian-speaking citizens of Israel who have arrived over the past two years from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and the United States is shaping up.

Russia: Canine Absorption

Oksana Morozova came from Izhevsk, Russia, to the northern Israeli city of Karmiel in December 2015 with her seven-year-old son. From the age of 15 she was engaged in service dog breeding. Since 2002, she has annually participated in educational and methodological training sessions for dog handlers with service dogs for general detection and drug detection. She completed courses of the Russian Canine Federation in the Dog Training program.

During her service as an instructor-cynologist in the system of correctional institutions of Russia, Oksana prepared more than 10 service-searching dogs. She conducted classes with guard dogs, prepared a drug-breeding dog, with whom she served from 2012 to 2015. Thanks to the use of this dog, a criminal case was initiated into the discovery of drugs by the dog in the mail.

Arriving in Israel, Oksana immediately went in search of "dog places." So she learned about the kennel for dogs near Acre, led by Arkady Shulman. Four-legged professionals are trained here for the army, the police, the ministry of internal security and for the environmental protection units.

Oksana came 4 on April 2016 of the year on her first test day in the nursery - just after three months in Israel. Since April 13, it has already been formalized to work.

“The owner of the nursery greeted me very kindly, gave me a tour of the territory, and showed me what was required of me. Together with him we went to classes with puppies, he observed my actions from the side, and after classes he made some comments to me about my work. Next, I worked with trainers and looked at their methods of working with dogs to search for various objects. The operating principle is very different, we exchanged experiences, our approaches, and best practices. The head of the nursery is an old Soviet school, which I know firsthand, so we quickly understood each other, and I think we can easily work together,” says Morozova.

“In general, the team is very friendly and positive. They received me well, cordially, and gave me a lot of advice and recommendations on working and living in Israel. I was left with a very pleasant feeling from the working day spent there; I want to work and improve my professional skills further!” - Oksana rejoices at her luck.

Until 31 May, she will still be studying at Ulpan (Hebrew courses for new immigrants - Sh.B.), and then begin work in full. “This will be my springboard into the world of big dog breeding,” says Oksana Morozova with confidence and hope.

Belarus: from hi-tech to hi-tech

Elena Rutman repatriated in August 2014, but before that she taught Hebrew twice for half a year in the MASA program. Under this program, young people from 22 to 30 years, mainly with higher education, combine their stay in Israel with intensive Hebrew, traveling around the country and getting acquainted with possible places of work. MASA allows you not to “jump into the water with your head”, but to look at Israel, immerse yourself in the language of the country for easier and smoother repatriation.

“This program allowed me to learn the language, and now, in two years, I speak quite fluently in Hebrew, although I came here without even knowing the letters,” says Elena.

Further - her story from the first person.

“I don’t regret my decision to come to Israel, despite the fact that I left my relatives and stable job in Belarus. I just wanted to start a new life, open some new horizons. In Israel, I found new friends, a new job, and most importantly, I met my husband.

I thought that in addition to the five years of experience in the field of high-tech Belarus, it would be right to receive an Israeli certificate in the same specialty. To do this, I completed the 8 month course at John Bryce College in my QA specialty - software testing. After finishing this course, the search for a good job took me six months, from May to November of 2015.

There were moments when a prolonged job search diminished my optimism, and it seemed that finding a suitable job for a new immigrant without Israeli experience was unreal. It was very important to draw up a resume correctly - for this I consulted several times with local specialists who knew the Israeli job market.

I posted my CV on several Hebrew-speaking employment websites, and also sent it to my friends who were already working in high-tech. And one fine morning the bell rang with an invitation for an interview. It turned out that an employee of a small high-tech company from the city of Yokneam saw my resume in the database of one of the employment websites.

After going through two stages of interviews, I was accepted for my first job in Israel - and it was in my specialty. I think that one of the arguments in favor of taking me to work was that I had deliberately lowered my expected salary during the interview. It was very important for me to start work experience in Israel - and for this I was ready to receive less percent on 20-30 than native Israelis in the same position. But, as they say, “initiative is more precious than money.”

At first it was very scary. New language, new team. But now, five months have passed - and in April 2016, I feel that I have become a full-fledged member of the team and bring benefits to the company. It is especially nice when the most experienced programmers with 20-year-old experience come up and say: “Well done, I found a cool bug!”.

In general, the indigenous Israelis are more soulful and ready to help - perhaps because they did not have the stress of repatriation and did not have to “gnaw” everything as newcomers. In general, I feel in Israel, at home - this is my country and the land of my Jewish people who dreamed of it for so long.

My advice to anyone who is thinking about starting a career in Israel: do not need to underestimate your abilities, you can not accept the first unskilled work. Be patient and increase the level of Hebrew. We need to set higher goals and reach them. Then everything will work out. "

Ukraine: the teeth of the Israeli military

Eugene and Tina Polyakovsky - a young couple from Dnepropetrovsk, 27 and 26 years, arrived in Israel in August 2014. Eugene, a certified dentist, signed up for the Young Dentists program, and on his first attempt passed the medical exam in the spring of 2015.

Although Yevgeny was not subject to military conscription due to his age, he decided to voluntarily go to the Israel Defense Forces in his specialty. So he became a military physician - treats teeth to Israeli soldiers at the Tel Hashomer military base.

Tina Polyakovskaya is engaged in fundraising for a number of organizations associated with non-formal Jewish education. At the same time, she, having passed the “school” of the Jewish Agency in Dnepropetrovsk, plans to return to Ukraine in the summer of 2016, as an Israeli leader for youth camps.

Their parents still remain in Ukraine, and only distant relatives remain in Israel. “I only receive news about Ukraine from my relatives or from my Facebook feed,” says Evgeniy.

“I was for the Maidan, I was worried. On the day when they were shot on the Maidan, I decided to go to Israel for an educational program. I always knew that Tina would also be happy to go. At some point, I simply realized that, even despite the change of government, the country would not see development for many years. Yes, instability pushed us, but we had already thought about repatriating. Something just always stopped us, a small light was visible at the end of the tunnel, but then the light disappeared even at the end, and we went,” says Evgeniy Polyakovsky.

Eugene and Tina Polyakovsky

Eugene and Tina Polyakovsky. Photo: Shimon Briman.

“I think we have always been more patriots of Israel than of Ukraine. Of course, I definitely don’t support Novorossiya, much less Putin. But it seems to me that even in Dnepropetrovsk, patriotism reached the point of absurdity when they began to paint every fence and pillar in the gateway yellow and blue. In my opinion, patriotism is not about this, but about not doing shit where you live, not giving or taking bribes. And in Dnepr, some people’s patriotism became too obvious, it suddenly became fashionable. At the same time, we have many friends in Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye who are engaged in real volunteering. If it weren’t for the help of volunteers, the soldiers would throw stones and eat pigeons,” says the current military dentist of the Israel Defense Forces.

Tina Polyakovskaya still has relatives in Khartsyzsk, in the separatist-controlled territory of Donbass. “The mentality that has developed there is very influential. My mother grew up there, but ran away, realizing that there was no future in Donbass,” says Tina.

In May 2014, Tina voted for Petro Poroshenko in the presidential elections in Ukraine: “There was simply no other choice. They removed one oligarch and chose a new one,” she says sadly.

The 2014 military events of the year were another reason for Tina’s disappointment in the abilities of the Ukrainian state. “The Dnipropetrovsk military hospital is located near our house, I saw the flow of wounded with my own eyes. The hospital was almost in a collapsed state. Everything was done through volunteering, even the insulation of walls and windows.

In the winter of 2015, during a break between training courses in Israel, Tina Polyakovskaya transported three boxes of medicine from Israel to Dnepropetrovsk - dressings and clothing for the military, a gift from the Israeli Friends of Ukraine organization. At the Ukrainian customs at the airport they did not want to let her through with these medicines; they demanded that she pay a fee. “Once again, I realized that nothing good will come from this state for people,” says new Israeli Tina Polyakovskaya.

USA: the goal is marriage

In 1989, nine-year-old Lina Tuv with her parents moved from Kiev to the USA and then lived in Chicago for more than 20 years. Back in America, she began to observe Jewish traditions and dreamed of finding a Jewish husband.

Lina received the profession of graphic designer. Turning to the 30-year-old, she decided to come to Jerusalem for six months to teach Hebrew and the foundations of Judaism in a midrash (religious college) for girls.

“I wanted to find a husband - and I found it,” Lina says bluntly. In 2014, she got married and stayed in Israel, since her husband only wanted to live here. The husband is finishing his studies at the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. “There are good men in Israel, I think,” Lina is sure.

The parents were glad that their daughter had found a mate. They love Israel and are also thinking of moving here, although they have a good high-tech job and their own home in Chicago. Elena, Lina’s friend, also moved from the USA to Israel.

Israel: yes yes rubber

The two countries leading the number of Jews leaving 2015 were France, from which 7350 repatriates arrived, compared to 6700 last year, and Ukraine, from which newcomers arrived around 7000, compared to 5000 people the previous year.

Aliya from Russia also increased: in 2015, new repatriates from 6000 arrived from Russia, and in 2014 almost 5000 people.

The 7000 Jews who left France have an obvious reason for moving to Israel: rampant anti-Semitism and Islamic terror in this country.

On April 11, the Statistics Department of the Israeli Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption summed up the results of the first quarter of 2016. In total, 2016 people repatriated to Israel in three months of 5153. Most of the repatriates came from Russia - 1535 people. 1352 people repatriated from Ukraine, 693 from France, 310 from the USA and 164 from Brazil.

Among the new immigrants who arrived from Israel in the first quarter of 2016, there are many people with higher education in various fields: more than 500 graduated engineers and high-tech specialists, more than 260 doctors and nurses, hundreds of lawyers, teachers, accountants, athletes and artists.

The Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption notes that a significant portion of the immigrants who arrived in Israel in the first three months of this year were children, adolescents and young adults. Thus, out of 5153 new citizens of the country, 2253 people are repatriates under the age of 29. Another 807 people are aged from 31 to 39 years, 545 repatriates are 40-49 years old and 1044 people are over 60 years old.

Tel Aviv continues to be the most popular city among new immigrants: 579 immigrants who arrived in Israel in the first quarter of 2016 settled here. Jerusalem was chosen by 521 people, Netanya by 507, Haifa by 466, Beersheba by 334, Ashdod by 295 and Bat Yam by 267 repatriates.

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