31 December 2010

Changes at Misrad HaKlitah, Naharia

Steve Rosenthal, NBN, just informed me of these changes at Misrad HaKlitah.  Bella is no longer with the Naharia Misrad HaKlitah.  Marina is handling all olim cases at that office.  The office is now open only on Sundays and Wednesdays.

23 December 2010

Changes at U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

December 22, 2010
Dear American Citizens:

This email is to notify you of two changes occurring to the American Citizen Services Unit, beginning in January 2011:

Changes to Consular Report of Birth Abroad Procedures:
The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the introduction of a redesigned Consular Report of Birth  Abroad (CRBA, or Form FS-240).  The redesigned CRBA, which is an official record confirming that a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and serves as proof of citizenship, has been updated with a variety of state-of-the-art security features to help prevent fraud and identity theft.

Beginning January 18, 2011, overseas posts will still document the citizenship of children born overseas to U.S.-citizen parents, but the CRBAs will be printed at our passport agencies in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and New Orleans, Louisiana, using the information provided by overseas posts.  By centralizing production and eliminating the distribution of controlled blank stock throughout the world, we will help ensure uniform quality and lessen the possibility of fraud.  Additionally, the Department of State will no longer issue the DS-1350 Certification of Report of Birth Abroad. Instead, the Department will simply provide new FS-240s in response to requests for additional, replacement, or amended CRBAs.

In order to upgrade our systems for this change, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is suspending CRBA adjudication from January 1 through January 18, 2011.  CRBA applications submitted during that time will be adjudicated after January 18.

Federal Benefits Unit Office Hours Changes:
New Public Hours:
Walk in Service: Fridays only, from 9 to 12 p.m., closed the last Friday of the month as well as U.S. and Israeli Holidays
Telephone Hours: Thursdays only, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on December 24 and December 31, 2010.

If you need specific assistance from the U.S. Embassy, contact our switchboard during office hours (03-519-7575). Outside of office hours, contact 03-519-7551 and your call will be transferred to the Embassy’s duty officer. For routine inquiries, please email the American Citizen Services Unit atAMCTelAviv@state.gov.  For inquiries related to Federal Benefits and the Social Security Administration (including Social Security Numbers), please email the Federal Benefits Unit at TelAvivFBU@state.gov.  To subscribe to receive additional Warden and other messages from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, go to the following link and enter your email address in the yellow box on the right-hand side of the screen: http://usembassy-israel.org.il/consular/acs/index.aspx.  For travel information, go to:  http://telaviv.usembassy.gov/consular/acs/TravelInformation.aspx or to www.travel.state.gov.

Thank you.
American Citizen Services Unit
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv
(received via NBN)

10 November 2010

Temporary Residence in Akko

People are always asking us where to stay  for their pilot trip or while they are apartment hunting. Our main Ako contributor has written a blog post offering a few options for temporary housing in Ako...go to the Go-Coast Ako page to read the post.

07 June 2010

Rosh haNikra is a Jewel...By Simon H.- Rosh haNikra resident

Rosh haNikra is a jewel of a place to live! This depends on your favouring a rural lifesyle - you know, cow pattie ambience mixed with spectacular Mediterranean sunsets. To read the full article, got to the  Go-Coast-Border Towns blog.

01 June 2010

Kiryat Bialik and the Krayot (by Maya)

Kiryat Bialik is one of the "Krayot" (or "Qrayot"), a small group of communities just outside Haifa. Of the Krayot, Kiryat Haim and Kiryat Shmuel are technically part of Haifa itself, while Kiryat Yam, Kiryat Motzkin, Kiryat Bialik, and Kiryat Ata are each a separate town with its own municipality. .. .Go to the Go-Coast-Qrayot blog  to see more photos and read the full article.  Also consider reading more of Maya's articles, on her blog How to be Israeli.

29 May 2010

Coastal Calendar

The calendar that was posted here has been moved. It is now on its own "page."  click here

17 May 2010

Anglo-Friendly providers of Good & Services

Let's build a list of recommended businesses!
This post has been located on its own page, here.

05 May 2010

Kiryat Shmuel..by Ariyai H.

Kiryat Shmuel is a small neighborhood located in the area which is geographically called the Krayot – an area between Haifa and Acco.  However, it is technically part of the Haifa municipality.  What that means is that even though it doesn’t qualify for the NBN go north program, it does qualify as one of the Absorption Agency’s special cities for North American immigration and you get extra benefits (money, tutoring, entertainment). ...Go to the Go-Coast-Qrayot Blog  to read the full article.

Kehillat Emet veShalom..by Sharon M.

Kehillat Emet veShalom in Nahariya is one of the oldest Reform congregations in Israel. We serve a diverse mix of Jews from around the world, including North America, Europe, Russia, Argentina, and native Israelis.  At Emet veShalom we all join together in a vibrant community, sharing the best Israel has to offer.  Want to read the rest of the article?  It is located on the Worship Page of the Go-Coast-Nahariya Blog. 

18 April 2010


Nahariya--Nahariyya--Naharia--נהריה  No matter how you spell it (and you will see many variations), Naharia is wonderful. 

To see more pictures, and read articles by olim who live in Naharia, go to the Go-Coast-Nahariya Blog. 

13 April 2010


Why am I starting this blog?

Most olim who "Go North," settle in Haifa and the inland areas. Many would make a different choice if they knew more about the "other north" - the northern coast. This blog will provide information about this wonderful, but often overlooked, area - the northern coast.

While there is nothing wrong with Haifa and inland areas, the coastal areas north of Haifa are a wonderful alternative. Those of us living on the northern part of the bay, and the areas north of the bay, are happy with our choices. More importantly, there are many future olim for whom the northern coast would be the right choice.

For some olim who decide to go north, the best choice is the hustle and bustle of Israel's third largest city - Haifa. For some, the best choice is the pastoral life of the inland rural areas. However, for many people, the best choice is somewhere in the coastal areas north of Haifa - an assortment of suburbs, bedroom communities, small towns and villages - many of which are on the train line and offer easy access to Haifa (the 'capital' of the north), as well as the center of the country.

Future posts will highlight the different towns and villages of the northern coastal area, and will include anecdotes from olim who have settled in these areas.

My message is... olim-GoCoast!