Managing in Israel
Working With Politics and Religion
Imagine that your organization has opened an office in Israel, and your boss asks you to travel there to meet your new team. You're excited and nervous: you know that Israel has an extremely rich religious history, but you're also aware of the tensions and violence that have troubled it for many years.
Israel is officially known as the "State of Israel," and it has about eight million inhabitants. It's a narrow country situated in Western Asia, which boasts shores on the eastern Mediterranean Sea and a wide range of stunning landscapes, including deserts, mountain ranges and coastal plains. However, it also has several areas that have been ravaged by war.
In this article, we'll explore how to live and work successfully in Israel, whether you're relocating, managing a team remotely, or working with Israeli team members.
This article is intended as a general guide only. Consider each person's unique needs, and use your own best judgment when managing an Israeli team.
The modern State of Israel was created in 1948, from the former British Mandate of Palestine. It was the first Jewish state to be established in nearly 2,000 years, and it realized the aim of the Zionist movement to provide a homeland for geographically dispersed Jews.
Israel has absorbed Jewish immigrants from around 120 countries in Europe, the rest of the Middle East, North America, the former Soviet Union, and Ethiopia, and it has a majority Jewish population. The country also has a smaller number of Muslim and Christian inhabitants....