Former MK Cotler-Wunsh to head institute to create, develop a holistic strategy to improve aliyah, absorption
Nefesh B'Nefesh (NBN), one of the main organizations facilitating immigration and absorption of new immigrants from North America and the United Kingdom recently announced the founding of its Institute for Aliyah Policy and Strategy.
Former MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh will lead the institute, which will identify and advance holistic long-term policy changes relating to the immigration, absorption, and integration of Olim (new immigrants), through the analysis of accrued data, combined with the organization’s two decades of Aliyah service and experience, an NBN statement read.
One of Cotler-Wunsh's main concerns during her term as a lawmaker was that all new Olim - not necessarily exclusively those from North America - require those in the Knesset (Israel Parliament) to advocate on their behalf.
To that end, the NBN's new institute will "work as an independent entity, focusing on creating long-term strategies and policy planning that will assist in solving issues related to Aliyah and the eventual integration of Olim into Israeli society. A core value of the institute will be to design and implement procedures that will enable Olim to take part in shaping future policy development," read NBN's statement.
An additional facet will be to show to politicians and decision-makers the invaluable contribution that new immigrants continue to make to the fabric of the country.
“I’m honored to be joining such an important organization that has benefited so many Olim, both individually and collectively. I look forward to being able to challenge existing concepts and identify hurdles that prevent potential Olim from making Aliyah, while assisting those who are already here successfully integrate into Israeli society,” said Cotler-Wunsh.