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So You Want to Marry an Israeli Man: What You Need to Know

16. November 2009 by Marie 0 Comments

Israeli men make great husbands: Warm, family oriented, protective and loyal -- all qualities in demand by Russian women.


And, Jewish or not, Russian and Ukrainian women are drawn to the acceptance and hospitality of Israel and its importance to adherents of major world religions.


Because of unrest, immigration to Israel has fallen to a 20-year low. So Israel, which has always relied on immigration to boost population, is streamlining the immigration process.  That's a big leap forward, but it's still not an easy process in today's turmoil.


Russian Jews

Russia used to have the highest Jewish population in Europe, but self-identified Jews only make up less than one percent of the population. Many more, however, are Jewish ethnically but live a secular life. Recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union now make up nearly one-sixth of the Israeli population, and most Russian Jews have relatives in Israel.

That's a major advantage if you are Jewish or your mother or grandmother is. It allows you to emigrate under aliyah.


Immigration of Non-Jews

If you are not jewish nut met an exciting israeli man, you can immigrate and become a citizen. However,  Israel only recognizes Jewish marriages, and children of non-Jewish mothers are not considered Jewish, so thier full rights are curtailed. Non-Jews can become naturalized citizens in one of five ways, among them:

  • Having been in Israel for three years
  • Intending to settle in the country
  • Having some knowledge of Hebrew
  • Taking an oath of loyalty to the State of Israel

The Ministry of the Interior has much discretion in deciding who is eligible for naturalization.


Brides born in Israel

This provision grants Israeli nationality to people who were born on Israeli territory and moved away. They must meet these qualifications:

  • Apply for Israeli citizenship between their 18th and 21st birthdays
  • Have five consecutive years of residence in Israel immediately prior to filing a request for citizenship
  • Have no criminal convictions for violation of security regulations, and no jail record for five years.


It's easy to love Israel and what it represents. Moving there is trickier. It requires some research.