Physicians from the Former Soviet Union to Ply Their Trade in Israel
Immigrant Doctors Part of Program to Counter Local Doctor Shortage
Jewish Agency for Israel has facilitated the Aliyah of 40 young
immigrant doctors from the former Soviet Union. These doctors will
participate in a program, run jointly by the Jewish Agency
and the Ministry of Absorption, to fast track their integration into
Israel’s medical system.
Currently, there are roughly 200 fewer doctors graduating from Israeli medical schools, per year, compared to the country’s needs. This program provides intensive Hebrew language instruction and licensing exam preparation. It is one of numerous Jewish Agency initiatives that allow highly-educated and professionally-trained immigrants to continue their careers in Israel with minimal delays. It also illustrates that, through a strong connection with Jews of the Diaspora, Israel can tap the vast pool of talent that exists in the global Jewish family.
“When we expand the program to France and the United States, we will bridge the gap,” Sharansky said.
During their training period, these doctors and their families will live at Beit Canada in Ashdod, one of 22 Jewish Agency absorption centers that provide subsidized housing, Hebrew language instruction, educational services as well as cultural and social events to nearly 10,000 immigrants a year.