Absorption Centres

IMG_4148Adjusting to a new society, looking for a place to live, and finding employment are daunting tasks. When coupled with the need to learn a new language and, in the case of Ethiopian olim, make an overnight transition from an agrarian, patriarchal society to a fast-paced, technological culture – the challenge is overwhelming.

UIA sponsored absorption centres provide a secure, sheltered environment in which new immigrants can live, generally for a year, until they adapt to their new environment.

Absorption centres are temporary, furnished living quarters located throughout Israel where new immigrants enjoy a supportive framework, tailored to their specific needs, free of charge. For vulnerable populations such as single-parent families, youth and students who are in Israel without family, the elderly, and immigrants from Ethiopia and other countries of distress, absorption centres help cushion the difficulty of integrating into a new society

In addition to housing, the absorption centre helps to ease the adjustment to Israel and offer:

  • Hebrew language Ulpan classes
  • Orientation programs, seminars, job placement workshops, and lectures regarding employment and educational opportunities
  • Cultural programs, celebrations of Jewish holidays, courses and field trips that teach about Judaism, Zionism, and life in Israel
  • Nursery school programs for young children

Absorption centres offer a wide variety of services to facilitate the newcomers’ integration, providing them with the tools they need to live independently. Preparation for prospective olim begins in their countries of origin and professional teams with extensive experience closely accompany the new immigrants through the absorption process. During this transition period, the new olim live in a worry-free environment where all their needs are tended to.

Over 10,000 new immigrants, the majority from Ethiopia are currently living in 22 absorption centres throughout Israel.


Our Mission Statement:

Keren Hayesod- United Israel Appeal, through a partnership between Israel and Diaspora communities, mobilises support for Israel and the rescue of Jews in distress.

By encouraging and assisting in Aliyah and absorption, Keren Hayesod saves Jewish lives, strengthens Jewish identity, fortifies the fabric of Israeli society and reinforces solidarity within the Jewish people.