First Things to do After Aliyah
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First things to do after Aliyah
Timetable for new Olim
Updated March 2016
 
1. Basic Health Insurance:  New immigrants (olim) are eligible for health insurance from the date of arrival and are recommended to take out coverage with one of the health funds as soon as possible.  You may register with the health fund of your choice at Ben Gurion airport, upon arrival.  When registering for a health fund at the airport, you will not have to pay a registration fee.  Or you can check the services provided by the funds and consult with friends or relatives before deciding on a health fund and then register at your local post office.
 
Should you choose NOT to sign up at the airport, you need to register at the Postal Bank (Bank HaDoar (in any post office.  Bring the referral form and immigrant booklet (teudat oleh) which you received when you were processed at the Ministry of Absorption (Misrad HaAliyah veHaKlitah).  Select the health fund (kupat cholim) of your choice when you register.  There is a registration fee of NIS 15 per adult; and no fee for children under the age of 18.  Then take the registration form from the Postal Bank to the offices of your chosen health fund in order to receive a membership card (see health funds and phone numbers listed below).  In the case of couples, both parties should present themselves at the Postal Bank to register for the health fund.  You are entitled to12 months free health coverage from the date of your aliyah if you are not working nor receiving a National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) allowance.  If you are employed, the premiums will automatically be deducted from your salary.  If you are receiving a Bituach Leumi allowance, the premiums will be deducted from the allowance once you have been in the country for 6 months.  If you are still not working at the end of 12 months and not receiving an allowance from Bituach Leumi, make arrangements to pay your premium personally at the nearest Bituach Leumi office.  A bill will NOT be sent.
 
For membership information about the funds and the addresses of your nearest branch:
Kupat Cholim Clalit:
*2700, x 1, x 3, or 02-675-2111
Kupat Cholim Maccabi:
*3555, 03-514-3999
Kupat Cholim Leumit:
03-697-0303
Kupat Cholim Meuhedet:
03-520-2323
 
All the health funds offer supplementary insurance policies that grant additional services and cover items not included in the National Health Insurance “basket of services”.  Payment for supplementary policies is made directly to the fund. 
 
2. Sal Klitah (Absorption Basket):  The first payment is in cash at the airport.  The following payments are paid directly into your bank account usually over a 7 month period.  In order to receive this and other government benefits, olim will need to open a bank account shortly after arrival and give bank details to Misrad HaAliyah veHaKlitah.
 
3. Teudat Zehut (identity card):  Most olim will receive their teudat zehut at the airport.  If not, you will need to go to the local Ministry of Interior (Misrad HaPnim) to receive one. 
 
4. Israeli Driver’s License:  You have 3 years to exchange your foreign license for an Israeli one.  However, you may drive with a foreign license for only 1 year from your date of aliyah.  Therefore AACI recommends that you exchange your license soon after making aliyah.
In order to purchase a car with your customs’ discount you must obtain a valid Israeli driver’s license during your first year.  Please check the procedure and relevant information with your local AACI counselor.
 
5. Absorption Center (Mercaz Klitah)If you have pre-registered while abroad to stay at a Mercaz Klitah, please be aware that there is a subsidized rental fee.  Arrangements for payment will be made through the Mercaz Klitah.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE:  Your immigrant booklet (teudat oleh) is not replaceable if lost.  It is advisable to photocopy the first 2 pages.  In case of loss, report it to the police and to Misrad HaAliyah veHaKlitah immediately.  Bring your teudat oleh with you whenever you have dealings with any government office.  (See AACI information sheet “Lost Documents”.)
 

AACI

Please call your nearest AACI Branch to arrange to take out membership.  New olim receive a free full year of membership when they pay for one year.  In other words – two years for the price of one!  This special offer is available to all new olim during the first year of their aliyah.  You may also make an appointment with an AACI counselor for information and assistance concerning your absorption rights, employment opportunities or any other questions you may have.
 
Make a list of questions as they occur to you in preparation for your meeting with an AACI counselor.  This is also a good practice for your meetings with any official.
 
 
AACI OFFICES
 
Jerusalem
Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
37 Pierre Koenig/2 Poalei Tzedek
Talpiot, Jerusalem
Tel:  02 566 1181
Fax: 02 566 1186
 
 

Netanya – Beit Oleh America
28 Shmuel Hanatziv
Netanya 42281
Tel:  09 833 0950
Fax: 09 862 9183

 
Central / Tel Aviv
94/A Allenby
Tel Aviv
Tel:  03 696 0389
Fax: 03 696 0401
 

 

South / Beer Sheva
c/o Matnas Yud Aleph
11 Mordechai Namir St.
Beer Sheva
Tel:  08 643 3953
 
North / Haifa
c/o Mercaz Meida (Information Service Center)
131 Sderot HaMeginim
Haifa
   
 
 
 
 
For membership information about the funds and the addresses of your nearest branch:
 
AACI OFFICES
Jerusalem
Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
37 Pierre Koenig/2 Poalei Tzedek
Talpiot, Jerusalem
Tel:  02 566 1181
Fax: 02 566 1186
Central / Tel Aviv
94/A Allenby
Tel Aviv
Tel:  03 696 0389
Fax: 03 696 0401
South / Beer Sheva
c/o Matnas Yud Aleph
11 Mordechai Namir St.
Beer Sheva
Tel:  08 643 3953
North / Haifa
c/o Mercaz Meida (Information Service Center)
131 Sderot HaMeginim
Haifa
Email: ymusnikow@aaci.org.il 
Netanya - Beit Oleh
28 Shmuel Hanatziv
Netanya 42281
Tel:  09 833 0950
Fax: 09 862 9183
 
 
 
 
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