Computers Credited for Rise in American Aliya

The Israel Aliya Center here credited innovations introduced through its department of employment services and special projects for the 24 percent increase in aliya from North America during the first five months of this year, compared to the same period in 1977. In terms of figures, 789 North Americans have emigrated to Israel this year compared to 636 in the same period last year.

In a report to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a spokesman for the Aliya Center said “The new approaches, used predominantly in the recruitment of professionals most needed in Israel are greatly facilitated by computerization to enable us to identify our primary potential market immediately.” He said that once identified, serious candidates are grouped according to profession for interviews, orientation and job placement and remain together as a group during their initial absorption process in Israel.

He said that 336 North Americans have been guaranteed positions and approved to enter such programs in September. They include 54 social workers, 40 psychologists and school counselors and 242 teachers. Other innovations include pilot trips by profession and the formation of professionally based aliya groups. Such groups for social workers have been formed in New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington D.C. and Boston and a new group for nurses is in the process of formation.

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