The fourth OU Job Fair in Israel took place at the Jerusalem Gardens Hotel on Tuesday May 13. This year’s event attracted 60 potential employers and an estimated 1,000 job seekers.
“The OU Job Board is committed to making sure people who make aliyah have opportunities that will allow them to stay in Israel,” says Michael Rosner, Executive Director of the OU Job Board based in New York. “The OU Job Board gives both olim and native Israelis the tools to enable them to find meaningful employment.” he says.
“The job seekers are a mixed bag of people,” Rosner says. “We are pushing English speaking jobs so we assume that most participants are olim.” This includes both those who have lived in Israel for a number of years as well as those who have just arrived.
Do “Sabras” Come to the Job Fair?
Rosner estimates that about one-third of the participants are native-born Israelis. Not all the participants – both job seekers and employers – come from Jerusalem, Rosner says. He estimates that a majority live with an hour’s commute of the capital.
Among the employers this year were publishers, investment firms, cellular phone companies, jewelry stores, real estate firms, accountants, as well as a variety of consulting firms and outsourcing companies. There were also several volunteer organizations that help olim find work. They include Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Jerusalem municipality, Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) and the South African Zionist Federation.
“What’s interesting about these online courses is that they are offered for all time zones – in both the US and in Israel,” Rosner says.
Who Came to the Job Fair?