Jewish Agency trains French lawyers
יולי 1, 2007. Ynet: Yael BranovskyPARIS – Jewish Agency representatives in France have launched a new program aimed at training Jewish lawyers wishing to immigrate to Israel.
The lawyers study legal terms in Hebrew, take Israel Bar Association tests and are even sent to Israel for an internship. They also learn about the Israeli reality and the mental differences between them and Israeli lawyers.
Claude, a 29-year-old attorney from Paris, told Ynet he was pondering whether to immigrate to Israel.
"I specialize in international business and this is what I hope to do in Israel as well, if I eventually decide to make aliyah," he said.
He added that he hoped to overcome two main fears.
"I am concerned for two reasons: Hebrew and the Israeli mentality. The French lawyers do not speak straight to the point like the Israelis. We were taught to 'talk clean'.
"I am also troubled by the salary issue. Here I earn about 4,500 euro (about $6,215) and I know that in Israel I will get much less, at least in the beginning."
David Roche, head of the Jewish Agency in France, said that in the past few years the agency had developed a program of professional orientation and counseling for people wishing to immigrate to Israel.
"The immigrants receive information on the Israeli workforce, meet with companies' representatives at an employment fair and even undergo simulations on dealing with the Israeli bureaucratic machine. They also take part in couple counseling in case of an immigration crisis or learn ways to deal with a potential employer."
According to Roche, the Israeli mentality is different from the French one.
"The immigrants from France, for example, are used to talk a lot, while the Israeli employers like to get straight to the point. This situation may sometimes insult those who are unfamiliar with the Israeli mentality. Therefore, the key to succeeding in immigration, especially from western countries, depends on our ability to provide answers on two main issues: Employment and Hebrew.
"Data we have regarding immigrants who came to Israel a number of years ago shows an increasing success. The reason is the solutions found by the Jewish Agency and the Ministry for Immigrant Absorption for the immigrants in terms of employment and knowledge of the Hebrew language," he concluded.
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