After Chaim V'Chessed successfully advocated for permission for student visa families to be allowed into Israel, a new draconian rule was established on June 22. This rule required that any student … [Read more...] about 30 Day Rule Abolished
Chaim V'Chessed continues to be inundated by calls relating to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. While the inquiries span the entire gamut of concerns, we have been particularly attentive to issues specific to English speakers. Towards that end, please see the updates below.
The borders of Israel have been closed to foreigners since the beginning of the Corona crisis. As has been chronicled extensively on our site, there have been only a few exceptions to this ban. … [Read more...] about Grandparents May Now Enter Israel for Bar Mitzvas or Births
It was rough, because on one hand, people who had been clamoring to return to their homes in Eretz Yisrael were grateful to finally be granted entry. On the other hand, they faced two weeks of imposed … [Read more...] about Chaim V’Chessed Welcome Boxes Hit the Spot
This week’s English HaModia features a wide ranging interview with Chaim V’Chessed CEO, Rabbi Paysach Freedman. In the interview, conducted by veteran HaModia reporter Yossi Golds, Freedman tells … [Read more...] about Interview: Navigating the Bureaucracy Maze
Due to the increasing number of Corona infections, various offices have limited their hours or closed completely for the foreseeable future. Most recently, the municipality of Jerusalem has announced … [Read more...] about Jerusalem Municipality Closed Until Further Notice
The saga of yeshiva and seminary students barred from entering Israel continues to aggravate institution heads, students and their parents. At the start of the Corona crisis, the Interior Ministry … [Read more...] about Discrimination Against Foreign Yeshiva/Seminary Students?
For several years, it has been possible to apply for an Jerusalem arnona discount on the website of the Jerusalem municipality. However, foreigners were not afforded this privilege. Foreign citizens … [Read more...] about Online Arnona Discounts for Foreigners in Jerusalem
On Thursday, June 25, the Israeli government, once again, extended the ban on foreigners entering the country. The ban will now stay in effect until at least August 1. As in the past, the Interior … [Read more...] about Foreigner Ban Extended Until August 1
The Interior Ministry (Misrad HaPnim) has announced that the visa department in its Jerusalem branch will be closed until July 2. No reason was given for this sudden announcement. However, Chaim … [Read more...] about Jerusalem Visa Department Shut Down
Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, foreign citizens have been banned from entering Israel. Last week, Chaim V'Chessed published the list of exceptional circumstances for entry of foreigners to … [Read more...] about No, No, No They Will Not Let You Go
It is already becoming a pattern: One bright afternoon, Interior Ministry officials issue new, difficult guidelines. Chaim V'Chessed learns of the decree, gets involved - and the issue is … [Read more...] about 30 Day Requirement – Updated
Chaim V'Chessed continues to closely monitor the process which allows student visa holders to enter Israel. At the present, permission is only granted to married yeshiva students; no change is in … [Read more...] about Entry Saga Continues