Rabbi Zvi Gluck, Israel Nitzan, Acting Consul General of Israel in New York and Rabbi David Kushner The Israeli Consulate in New York

A Different Type of Crisis

June 18, 2021

Dear Amudim Family,

This week has been a busy one at Amudim, to say the least. In addition to dealing with our active caseload and other emergencies, unexpected issues arose and we found ourselves experiencing a different type of crisis caused by a few individuals who attempted to beat the system and tried to fraudulently obtain student visas in order to get into Israel. You can read more about that by clicking here. Given that situation, I made several trips to the Israeli Consulate in New York this week in continuation of our efforts to ensure that those needing travel assistance can best be served.

With the school year coming to a close and summer just days away, we are all incredibly grateful to see how far we have come over the past several months. While we know that there are many people hoping to visit Israel in the coming weeks and months, particularly with rumors having surfaced about potential changes that may be occurring on July 1st, we need to keep in mind that the situation is constantly changing, making it important to remain informed as the rules are officially implemented.

Having spent the last several months doing everything in our power to facilitate legal entry into Israel, Amudim will continue updating our travel page regularly to keep everyone advised of the latest developments.

At this time, we strongly suggest that all requests be submitted to the consulate closest to your home, at least three weeks prior to your departure date, with the exception of funeral or medical emergency travel, which can often be expedited. Click here to see the current categories of approved persons allowed to enter Israel, as well as the proper requirements and instructions of how to apply.

Unfortunately, we have seen firsthand how arrangements to facilitate Israel travel that took months to coordinate can be jeopardized by those who think that rules don’t apply to them, their actions undermining important relationships, potentially ruining things for everyone and creating a terrible Chillul Hashem. We are proud of our staff and the Consulate personnel for identifying and managing this situation swiftly and efficiently and are truly grateful to the consular staff for their continued partnership in serving the community’s needs.

Rest assured, our commitment to help those in need remains, as issues always come up, and as we saw this week, we do our best to manage situations as they arise and provide the appropriate solutions.

Should you or someone you know need assistance with urgent travel matters, please contact us at [email protected]

WEEK ENDING: June 18, 2021
225 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week

Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.

IN THE NEWS

June 16, 2021

SCANDAL: Israel Student Visas Potentially in Jeopardy as
“Wedding Fraud” Creates A Colossal Chillul Hashem

I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Amudim has spent months working around the clock with various government agencies, to allow yeshiva and seminary students return to their studies in Israel. Baruch Hashem, the efforts were successful, but just like that, all that we have accomplished is potentially at risk. As a result of the actions of the few who have created an unbelievable Chillul Hashem, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is....

Read The full article on theyeshivaworld.com

 

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As the rules for traveling to and from Israel are constantly changing, click here for the most current information. We will continue to keep you posted.

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