Via this site, get to know like-minded potential olim. Choose from our ‘menu’ various descriptors to categorize yourself/your family, and then allow the matching software to find likely candidates.
You can join with them in a virtual community, sharing information about housing issues and finding the right schools for your kids. You can pose questions to the group or benefit from the answers others have provided.
On the Israel side, volunteer mentors with experience in various aspect of life in Israel can establish contact with relevant groups, and assist with advice regarding the aliyah process and possibly provide useful contacts within the system.
You can also join in on the Israeli forums: using our site’s translation feature, when you press ENGLISH it will provide a (somewhat rough) English translation of the discussions among the Israeli members of that group. In this way you will be moving into a mixed-population building rather than a purely-oleh ‘bubble’. There are obvious advantage and disadvantages to each possibility.
If a group forms with similar location-plans, they can initiate contacts with architects and builders to inquire about construction of a residential building or group of homes, and compare to the offers made by real-estate firms and contractors.
One advantage of a mixed oleh-Israeli project is that the Israelis will be more familiar with the process, and can probably arrange a better and more reliable deal with the providers.
Sufficiently-large groups of families can combine forces to work with municipal and other officials to check the possibility of creating a school for the children of their new ‘community’, or work towards ensuring their successful integration into existing schools.