Although it’s an exciting time, the process of making Aliyah has also been filled with uncertainty and anxiety. There’s lots to do, and it can be difficult to keep all the balls in the air, especially because we’re far away and don’t have complete mastery of the language. All we can say is THANK GOD for Olim Advisors! From the moment we began working with Lara Itzhaki, we have been thrilled. She has kept us focused and organized and has been an incredible support. Olim Advisors kept their fingers on the pulse of the rental market on our behalf, and thanks to them, we have secured a beautiful home. As we prepare for the actual move, they have connected us to the right people so that we can register our children for school, and they have guided us towards making informed decisions about moving companies and what we should bring on our lift. Lara is always available to answer questions, both big and small, and she always does it happily, graciously, and competently. When we arrive in Israel in August, we are certain that Olim Advisors will be an incredible support to us as we choose health care providers, set up bank accounts, integrate into Israeli culture, and establish our new lives there. The Premium Package is entirely cost efficient and worth every penny. We would recommend Lara and her team to everyone who is making Aliyah. Working with Olim Advisors has made our future in Israel feel possible; we are lucky to have them in our corner.
There isn’t enough my wife and I can say about how helpful the olim advisors have been every step on our Aliyah. Pre, during and post-Aliyah having them there not only as advisors but truly as friends they have helped ease any issue we have had and made it easier. Guiding us through Misrad Hapnim and all the other bureaucratic red tape any oleh will cross through and making it a much easier ride for us. Whether it’s getting our biometric, Misrad Klita or passport ….. if we had done this all by ourselves we would have taken days or weeks or months to have accomplished what they did in just half a day or less. Or for instance, opening up a bank account which sounds simple anywhere else was done within a simple appointment at the bank because of all their long term contracts. I can go on and on also mentioning shopping for appliances, car rental, and home shopping / renting they were there to guide and help. It is always nice to know they were either an email, phone call or just a text away to help solve any issue. Thank you olim advisors.
Lara and her team at Olim Advisors are an amazing asset for all families going through the Aliyah process. The assistance begins well before you board the plane and continues seamlessly in your new home, Israel. They are always available to assist in a multitude of ways, including conference calls, being physically present at bank, utilities, etc. appointments and providing invaluable recommendations. Lara knows how to navigate the government bureaucracy and ensure that your klita is as stress-free as possible. We were fortunate to work with Lara and her team.
Lara and Rafi at Olim Advisors have been so helpful with our recent Aliyah experience. The seemingly small things they did made everything so much more simple. And the comfort of knowing that we would have someone come to the bank and the government office with us was really important. Having them on our team allowed us to focus on the bigger things because I knew they would take care of the details. It’s also nice to have appliances soon after you arrive and not something I would likely have been able to arrange on my own from abroad. It was definitely worth the small investment to secure their services. Highly recommended!
I met Rafi and Lara at the NBN Mega Event in NYC in February. I’d heard of their service and hoped that they would be the eyes and ears for me in Israel as I made my final preparations for Aliyah. Lara kept me abreast of the ever-changing practicalities of Aliyah from newly government approved Ulpan programs and contacting prospective landlords to checking on Maccabi locations. Lara set up an appointment with Bezeq and provided info about Golan. We set up a schedule for the day after my arrival to get to the bank and visit HaKlita. We started early and visited two branches of the same bank (don’t ask but did you know you can’t deposit money without a bank card at certain branches!!) and Misrad HaKlita, and got me registered for a meeting with an Absorption Specialist. All before noon! She has continued to keep me abreast of the biometric TZ issue (my newly issued TZ expires in September!) and so she is now guiding me through the mysteries of MisradHaPanim! The lines of communication were always open and guidance was just an email away. Couldn’t have asked for a better hands-on guide through the Aliyah process! Metsuyan! Tov Meyod!
Lara was proactive in advance of our arrival, making certain that we were appropriately prepared and having our initial meetings pre-arranged. Her ongoing support from opening a bank account to ensuring Internet services are arranged have been integral in our transition. Most importantly, her calm approach is exactly what new olim need when they are doing something for the first time in a new country and culture.
Thank you to Olim Advisors for helping us throughout our Aliyah. They have helped us from appliances to passports. We are so grateful to know that they are there for us whenever we have a question. In fact, many times they have saved us hours of time and money spent doing a run-around and they placed us in the right direction. Thank you, Olim Advisors!
We made Aliya in August, before and after Aliya Lara and Rafi helped us with so many things. Before they helped us look for an apartment and set up appointments with a lawyer, Bezeq, etc. After we arrived Lara took us to Misrad Haklita, the bank, and other places. A month ago we needed to change our TZ. Unfortunately no one was able to tell us if having an appointment after three months would be an issue. After speaking to Lara she got us an appointment within 3 months. Today there was another question and Lara helped us again. Besides all the help she also gave us good advice. Always there to listen and help us where she can. Thank you Lara for always being there and helping us. Thank you olim advisors for all your time and help. You rock!!!!
I gave 5 stars because the commitment of Olim Advisors is heartwarming. It is difficult to be Oleh Chadash….Olim Advisors are hands-on not saying but doing. I found them pretty late during the Aliyah process but had I known them before would have made a lot of difference, A LOT. It would have saved me real hardship… Lara helped me moving through hurdles efficiently. Indispensable for every Oleh Chadash.
Thank you, Rafi and Lara, the best brother and sister team in Israel. Rafi & Lara have helped me with housing and other opportunities, and especially great advice. When I first arrived in Israel they managed to organize an amazing price for a car rental. I want to thank-you for being kind and sensitive and patient with my needs as an Oleh, as we all know that moving over to Israel from Abroad is a leap of faith. Thanks for being there as my Olim Advisors / Therapists.
Rafi was very helpful in my issue with Misrad haPnim. He quickly realized what needs to be done in order to get a Teudat Zeut right on spot and what was the problem. He told me what documents I need to bring and what exactly I must say in Hebrew. Besides that, he contacted his acquaintances in banks to help me open an account in a branch near my home.
“When we arrived in Israel we were overwhelmed with the amount of meetings/paperwork needed to be done. Lara has become a good friend now and continues to help us with everything! If you’re thinking of making Aliyah, or have already made Aliyah and struggling with the Israeli bureaucracy then I highly recommend that you reach out to them…”
“Usually people complain how stressful it is when you first make Aliyah – since you have to make appointments for all of these new things which you don’t necessarily know how… Lara was there for us, and still is! She has assisted in making our aliyah as stress-free as possible!! Highly recommend olim advisors!…”
“We recommend Lara and Olim Advisers as they were indispensable to us in Navigating the Aliyah Process. They know how to deal with the bureaucracy and the idiosyncrasies of living in Israel…”
Hire them. Today! We did and are very happy with Olim Advisors. Lara and the team are the ultimate problem solvers – and sometimes can see a challenge and solve it before you know its a problem. We are recent Olim and VERY satisfied customers. Among the team’s superpowers – they know who to call to get things done quickly. One time they even arranged for our family to visit an office at a special time and we were served immediately…without the endless lines. The team has sat in with us as we chatted with our children’s educators, has sought answers from ministries when the information wasn’t available on websites, and Lara and the team never stop learning about our family and what we need. We are grateful for Olim Advisors and recommend them. DM me if you want more info.
We are very appreciative of Lara’s service. In our pre-aliyah planning, it became clear that we needed to have someone to whom we could reach out at any time, with even the smallest of questions. Lara’s service fills this important need, and she tries to fully understand all the issues people encounter during their pre and post-aliyah experience. Those who will benefit most from Lara’s service are those who do not have good Hebrew skills or close relatives in Israel who have time on their hands to walk you through all the appointments and meetings. In light of all the above, Lara provides a valuable service for olim who want to set themselves up for the smoothest possible transition.
Would definitely use Lara and Olim Advisers, highly recommend. She made the whole process so smooth and the attention to detail made it so much easier. Lara continued to support us after the big day in settling into life. Without her assistance it would certainly have been harder and inefficient. Thanks so much Olim Advisers!
Lara is responsive, thoughtful, and helpful, from the moment we were in touch from America throughout our Aliyah process. Thank you so much!!
Lara made things that people told us were impossible to do successfully in a reasonable time frame, possible!! Imagine coming to a different country, don’t speak the language natively…and have someone who started off as a connection to Israel, turn into family. The attention to detail and the fact that Lara was ALWAYS available to help or let me vent…or even help with translations of a document or government places I went made it so much easier for the aliyah and after aliyah process. Do I reccomend? You can do what you think is right…but when you’re 6-8 months in and are still on step 2 of at least 40 things to take care of…you will be callng Olim Advisors, so don’t be silly and waste your time…call them and rest easy.
Lara really helped us with anything we needed. She was always available via text or phone. She made the aliyah process much easier.
A great help for those planning Aliyah.
Held our hand throughout the process of aliya – accompanied us to meetings, set up appointments and answered all of our questions. Even made a last phone call for us after our official time with them was over. A very worthwhile investment and a wonderful new friend!
Lara is not only extremely helpful but she is also so kind! I feel like she really cares about me and my family and only wants the best for us. I have no idea what we would have done without her. She’s a joy to work with and would highly recommend Olim Advisors!
I recently returned to Israel. I lived there over five years ago for a little over a year so I already knew the hassles of setting up life again. So in my case, I was coming back by myself and as a returning citizen. Simply put, the worst part about returning is being lead back and forth to a million locations, missing documents, filling out some form wrongly only having to do it again, being nervous about whether or not you will be able to even have a basic conversation with the person in your language, etc. The money I spent to take away these issues is worth every penny. Lara went out of her way to make sure I wouldn’t have to endure the agony as described. I at times did do some things myself or at least attempted to. When some things didn’t work out, Lara was always ready to be there even if it meant she would be stuck in traffic for a simple 5 minute appointment which I appreciate. Overall, if you are coming back yourself or you are with a family and don’t speak conversational Hebrew or cannot write Hebrew well enough (otherwise you endure the fun of Google translating a scanned document for hours) I cannot recommend enough the services provided by Lara and this agency. I hope that this business expands to an even greater extent and if I had to do it again, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second. Even if you have relatives, do you really want to bug them for every single thing when they themselves might also have to work? You avoid irritating feelings in your own life and irritating feelings from your relatives or family here so it’s not a difficult decision.
As one of the first flights of olim to be heading straight to bidud, we knew we were in over our heads and needed help. We had met Lara years ago at a Nefesh BNefesh event and immediately thought that maybe she could help us out. (Amazingly, she remembered us as winners of a discount package even though we never contacted her to “cash in” the prize). Lara was our eyes, hands and feet here making sure everything was ready for our arrival. She arranged for our internet to be set up so my husband could work remotely right away, she helped set up our apartment with staples and cleaning items, she set up our appointments for us so that we would be able to settle things right out of bidud. And even once we were released, she was there to help us shopping for a car, filling out medical forms, handling school registration- she was our guru for all absorption questions. Despite the craziness of Corona, she was there for us through everything and we are so grateful. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone makes aliyah without her these days. Keep up the great work!
Lara is amazing and a wealth if information and connections to get you set up in Israel. I had been living here for years, but helped my parents move here last year. Lara took care of everything to make their landing smooth, helped with the bank and misrad haklita after they were here, recommended an amazing real estate agent who found them an apartment and on and on. If you want to make the difficult transition easier, Lara/Olim Advisors is the way to go!! I can’t recommend enough!
we made Aliyah in 2019 but hired Lara before we left the states! She was our eyes and ears on the ground before we arrived helping with securing an apartment and navigating our Aliyah process. Once we arrived she was invaluable!! having her help saved us so much time and confusion while trying to get our feet under us, she was there for everything big and small! If she didn’t have the info at hand she worked tirelessly until she found it and she even traveled up to the north to meet with us and walk us through our process with a smile on her face! Working it’s her was like having a friend who really cared about our family. Lara‘s a gem and I highly recommend olim advisors to anyone looking to make Aliyah! Five star service and knowledge
Lara is so kind and helpful. She responds very quickly to all questions and seems to be always available for all sorts of queries. I highly recommend her.