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Question 14.16:
Questions on aliyah, military service for olim and more


First, a good place to start is Jacob Richman's Aliyah pages at This page will provide links to mailing lists for people with questions, as well as information on aliyah centers, appliances, housing, jobs, learning Hebrew, olim, organizations, useful addresses, web links, and more. You might also check the Aliyah forum at Virtual Jerusalem,

Second, the most important thing to know about rights for Olim, army service etc. is that the rules keep changing!. Therefore, if you are considering Aliya or coming as a tourist and possibly later changing your status, go and speak to the local Aliya shaliah and bother them about making sure that the answers they are giving you are up to date!

Currently, length of army service is calculated based on variables such as age when you become an oleh (temporary resident or citizen), age when you become a citizen (after 3 years or more as temp. resident), marital status, number of children, and physical profile.

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