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March 06, 1981 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-03-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

12 Friday, March 6, 19111

Israeli Hostels Aid Recent Immigrants

By ANITA LEBOWITZ

United Jewish Appeal

JERUSALEM — It's a
long way from the tent
camps of the 1940s to the
absorption centers of the
1980s, but today's immig-
rants to Israel face many of
the same problems as the
olim of a generation ago.
Beit Giora, in Jerusalem,
is a hostel, or maon, de-
signed for olim who come to
Israel with adequate educa-
tion and useful skills. Un-
like an absorption center, a
hostel does not offer the
more intensive services
such as full-time Hebrew
classes.
"Most of the olim here
come with a working
knowledge of Hebrew," ex-
plained Orna Finzi, the
manager of the hostel.
Most have trades or profes-
sions that should lead them
to employment within a
relatively short time. But
absorption is difficult even
for these -olim who are bet-
ter equipped to get into the
Israeli mainstream than

those from the Soviet
Union."
Because of the severe
shortage of housing in Is-
rael, most newcomers
spend more than a year at
Beit, Giora, some as long
as two years. The hostel
originally was designed
for" temporary residency
of no more than six
months and has had to
adjust to inflationary
economic conditions.
Jobs are not easy to find,
even for Beit Giora's
comparatively skilled
immigrants, especially in
light of recent budget
cuts and hiring freezes in
many sectors of Israel's
social and government
services.
"One young man from
America came with the cer-
tain knowledge that he
would have a position as a
social worker in Beit
Shemesh, but due to the
economic austerity, that job
is no longer available,"
Orna explained with visible
empathy. "This young man,

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