Israel offers free guided tours in Russian for new immigrants | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | Hana Levi Julian | 7 Nisan 5782 – 7 April 2022

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New immigrants arrive from eastern Ukraine at Ben Gurion International Airport.

In the coming days, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism announced that it would launch free tours throughout Israel for new immigrants, guided in Russian by licensed tour guides.

The project is part of the contribution of the Ministry of Tourism to the national effort to facilitate the integration of new immigrants recently arrived from conflict zones and to meet their needs to familiarize themselves with their new country. .

Funded by the Ministry of Tourism, it includes everything new immigrants fleeing war in Ukraine would need, such as guidance and transport from the approximately 20 hotels at which new immigrants and those eligible under the Law of Return are staying until housing solutions can be found. be found.

More than 160 Russian-speaking guides have signed up to take part in the project, and the Ministry of Tourism intends to organize these tours as long as demand exists.

Tours include Israel’s natural parks and Authority sites across the country, and there is already great interest in the project from new immigrants themselves.

New immigrants living in other accommodations are also eligible to join the free tours and should register by emailing their details to [email protected]

“The new immigrants who have recently arrived in Israel from the conflict zones are going through a difficult time. Therefore, if we have the ability to provide them with a positive experience and familiarize them with our beautiful country, then it is a blessing,” Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov said.

“As someone who made Aliyah to Israel, I know how difficult this first period in a new, unfamiliar country can be and how much you yearn for activities in a language you understand. That’s what we can provide.

“During the pandemic, the tourism industry was the first to close and the last to open, but now, when people are in real distress, the industry is immediately coming together to offer a helping hand to new immigrants.”

Sylvester L. Goldfarb