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Aliyah from Latin America

Background | Aliyah in 3 Steps | Global Service Center


In the 1999–2002 Argentine political and economic crisis that caused a run on the banks, wiped out billions of dollars in deposits and decimated Argentina's middle class, most of the country's estimated 200,000 Jews were directly affected. Some 4,400 chose to start over and move to Israel, where they saw opportunity. More than 10,000 Argentine Jews immigrated to... Read More
Israel since 2000, joining the thousands of previous olim already there. The crisis in Argentina also affected its neighbour country Uruguay, from which about half of its 40,000-strong Jewish community left, mainly to Israel, in the same period. During 2002 and 2003 the Jewish Agency for Israel launched an intensive public campaign to promote aliyah from the region, and offered additional economic aid for immigrants from Argentina. Although the economy of Argentina improved, Jews continue to immigrate to Israel, albeit in smaller numbers than before, and some Argentine olim returned to Argentina following Argentina's economic growth from 2003 onward. There has also been aliyah from other Latin American countries that have experienced crises, though they have come in smaller numbers and are not eligible for the same economic benefits as Argentine olim. In Venezuela, growing antisemitism in the country, including antisemitic violence, caused an increasing number of Jews to make aliyah during the 2000s. For the first time in Venezuelan history, Jews began leaving for Israel in the hundreds. By November 2010, more than half of Venezuela's 20,000-strong Jewish community had left the country.

Source: Wikipedia.com

Aliyah in 3 Steps

Interview with a Shaliach
As part of the Aliyah process, an interview with your local Aliyah Shaliach (Jewish Agency representative) will be required.
You will be asked to present all the aforementioned original documents:
  • Aliyah Questionnaire
  • waiver of confidentiality
  • Health declaration
  • Entries and exits (from Israel)
  • Birth/marriage certificate
  • Uploading/updating eligibility documents
These documents will be returned to you during your meeting.

Choose A Shaliach

The Aliyah Shaliach is a representative of the Jewish Agency for Israel who is responsible for validating your Aliyah documents and meeting with you. You can make an appointment to speak with the Shaliach directly, as per the listing below:

Argentina | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Costa Rica | Ecuador
Mexico | Paraguay | Peru | Uruguay | Venezuela


Bahia Blanca
Tel/Fax: (0291) 456-5191
Buenos Aires
Tel: (011) 4132-3600 
Fax: (011) 4132-3615 
Email: aliaarg@jafi.org 
Tel/Fax: (0351) 422-4934
Tel/Fax: (0261) 423-4455 
Email: paolac@jafi.org 
Tel: (0341) 425-1666 
Fax: (0341) 447-1218 
Tel: (0381) 430-1393 
Fax: (0381) 422-0522 


Porto Alegre 
Tel: (051) 3312-6581 
Fax: (051) 3312-6580 
Río de Janeiro 
Tel/Fax: (021) 2256-7177 
Email: aliarj@agenciajudaica.com.br 
Sao Paulo 
Tel/Fax: (011) 3518-8782 


Santiago Tel: (02) 952-0586
Fax: (02) 952-0437
Email: pazo@m.cl


Bogota Tel: (01) 287-1252
Fax: (01) 285-8151
Email: aliacol@etb.net.co

Costa Rica

San Jose Tel: (06) 520-1013
Ext: 102
Email: eliahus@jafi.org


Quito Tel: 00-593-2-2455-729
Celular: 09-4143812
Email: rochygl@hotmail.com


Mexico City - DF Tel: (5255) 5245-8623
Fax: (5255) 5245-8620
Email: mexalia@prodigy.net.mx


Asuncion Tel: (021) 280-063
Fax: (021) 280-063
Email: ajpy@telesurf.com.py


Lima Tel: (00511) 444-0976
Fax: (00511) 440-4247
Email: aliaperu@infonegocio.net.pe


Montevideo Tel: (02) 27118910
Fax: (02) 707-8907
Email: aliaur@jazo.org.il


Caracas Tel: (0212) 551-1987
Fax: (0212) 551-3336
Email: raquels@jafi.org

The interview will include these topics:
  • Jewish background
  • Family status
  • Israeli past
  • Health condition
  • Employment history for the last 3 years
  • Motivation for Aliyah
  • Aliyah and absorption planning

Approval for Aliyah
The Jewish Agency is the body responsible for authorizing Aliyah according to the Law of Return. Your application will be reviewed by The Jewish Agency, and you will receive a notification letter.

Absorption Planning & Flight to Israel

Together with your file manager or Shaliach you'll need to plan your absorption in Israel:
  • Check list
  • List of benefits and how to get them
  • Arranging your flight to Israel
  • The process at the airport
  • First day in Israel

Once you're landing in Israel you're considered as an Oleh Chadash, Welcome to Israel!

Source: jewishagency.org

After Aliyah

Please visit our "Step-by-step" Guide of the first steps in Israel as a New Oleh.

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