It is one of the aspects of the aliyah process that in most people’s desire to make Israel their home they often overlook. And that is not how to make a living in Israel—which is probably what you were first thinking—but rather how to deal with the tax ramifications of living there while still making your living in the United States.

So, you probably figured that if you’re going to live in Israel, you might as well work in Israel, but the thinking on that score has changed dramatically in the last few years.

This is where Baruch Swinkin and Mike Kashnow and their company Route 38 comes into the picture. Baruch and Mike, along with Simcha Markowitz, were present in New Jersey at last week’s Nefesh B’Nefesh MedEx Conference that was primarily focused on the medical profession and the need for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in Israel. See our related story on Page 105.

Earlier this week I spoke with Baruch, Mike, and Simcha in order to find out more about the role Route 38 is playing in the new dynamics of making aliyah. First, if you were wondering about the name of the company, Route 38 is the main road that leads travelers into Bet Shemesh where the company is located and where the principals reside.

The fact that the company is called Route 38 probably has nothing to do with the fact that, as Baruch points out, 38% of those making aliyah continue to be employed, mostly remotely, by companies in the United States or whatever country they originate from. There are also quite a few doctors and dentists who fly back and forth between the U.S. and Israel regularly.

So, in effect, it seems to me that today there are two additional matters fueling the movement of families, both young and old, to pick up from wherever they live and make Israel their home.

One of the two matters, surprisingly, is the current war with Hamas. When posed with this kind of query, most people with roots elsewhere would probably use that situation as a reason not to pick up and move to Israel.

But this is where Jewish life differs from that of any other people or nation. In fact, the number of new immigrants and people interested in making aliyah since the war in Gaza broke out has only increased since October 7.

The other matter concerns the post-Covid world that discovered it is perfectly possible to work effectively and successfully via remote access. As it turns out, if you are a business owner, there are a number of advantages to employing overseas workers—in this case, people who specifically live in Israel.

Route 38 will be covering these matters in their upcoming live webinar which will be held on March 31 and will feature the founders of the company, who will be discussing a wide variety of topics pertaining to the logistics of moving to Israel while working in one’s home country.

From a tax perspective, there are many considerations that must be addressed when moving to Israel, and it is imperative to have a team of seasoned professionals like Route 38 on your side.

So, I asked both Mike and Baruch why they thought it was advantageous for companies to employ workers who live six thousand miles away in Israel.

As it turns out, there are several advantages to a situation like this. One of the important points they mentioned is the ability to have around-the-clock coverage for your clients once you consider the time difference between the U.S. and Israel.

Another advantage is that a valued employee who is happy and has fulfilled a personal ambition such as moving with his family to Israel, will most likely be efficient, productive, and remain loyal.

And then there’s the matter that first brought Route 38 to our editorial attention in the first place several months ago. And that is the issue of people who live in Israel, but are employed by non-Israeli companies, yet are called up for military reserve duty, such as with the current war in Gaza.

People in these situations were ineligible for funding or reimbursement by the Israeli government for losses incurred because they were unable to work for months at a time while serving in the IDF.

Toward that end, Route 38 has a unique setup whereby the employee in Israel is on the Route 38 payroll, yet continues to work for the American company, which pays Route 38 directly, which makes the employee eligible for government compensation, a lifesaver in this current situation the country finds itself in during this long, drawn-out, unexpected war.

These are some of the subjects Route 38 will cover in their upcoming webinar on March 31, as well as in the eBook they are currently producing.

The fact of the matter is that more people than ever are seriously considering making aliyah to raise their families in Eretz Yisrael. It is a unique and refreshing opportunity that not only fulfills you and your family, but also helps to further build up and strengthen the State of Israel.

Our sages have taught us that Eretz Yisrael is often acquired through difficulty and sacrifice. Moving to Israel does not just mean making sure you can keep your job and manage the financial aspects of aliyah with a company like Route 38. We know there are situations that require us to summon up deep faith in G-d and use all we have learned to fulfill our personal destiny and that of the Jewish people in the land of Israel. With Route 38, settling in the land and still earning a living are no longer mutually exclusive.

 

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