Targum Shlishi is supporting a new series of specialized workshops designed to help native English-speaking women who have made aliyah develop business and personal skills to help them in the Israeli workplace. The Business and Self-Development Workshop Series for Women is taking place between May and December of 2018. This series of six workshop sessions is developed by the Professional Women’s Network (PWN), a division of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI).
Immigration and the Workplace
“Immigration is well-documented to be an extremely stressful life transition. After making aliyah, English-speaking women sometimes need a boost to help them better navigate workplace culture and the financial milieu in their new country,” says Aryeh Rubin, Targum Shlishi’s director. “The AACI’s Professional Women’s Network has seen that there is a need for some of these women to have more intensive and more specialized support and training. We’re very glad to be in a position to help support these small and targeted workshops.”
Background – Development of the Workshops
AACI’s Professional Women’s Network has long been providing English-speaking women in Israel with professional training, with a focus on helping these women start and grow their own businesses. However, recently PWN realized that some women could benefit from more specialized services in order to develop business and personal skills to function more effectively in the workplace and in other areas of their lives.
Components of the Workshops
The workshops consist of six weekly sessions. Each workshop group is deliberately small, to encourage participation and focus when it comes to the activities involved, which include self-examination tools and exercises, discussions, training materials, resources, and networking opportunities. For example, the following elements are included in one of the workshop sessions:
- Foundations for goal-setting
- Analyzing and working on business and personal goals
- Determining indicators for measuring success
- Developing self-awareness and understanding personal motivation
- Work-home balance
- How to develop, build, and maintain momentum
Beyond the Workshop
Women who participate in AACI programs and in its Professional Women’s Group have historically not only benefited personally from the programs, but have helped other women by either mentoring, helping, or employing them.
The American Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel was established in 1951 to serve the English-speaking community in Israel with a wide range of services, programs, and advocacy. AACI had been the major facilitator in the absorption of thousands of English speakers, helping them to successfully acclimate to Israel. AACI’s services and programs include absorption counseling, healthcare assistance, how to sessions, English libraries, and cultural programming. In addition, AACI advocates for its members’ welfare in matters such as lobbying successfully to modify the effect of new Israeli tax laws on immigrants, and AACI offers a welcoming environment to English speaking immigrants of all ages. For more information, visit its website.
About Targum Shlishi
Targum Shlishi, a Raquel and Aryeh Rubin Foundation, is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’s initiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish. For more information on the foundation, visit its website. Follow Aryeh Rubin, Targum Shlishi’s director, on Twitter.