One major hesitation I’ve encountered over the years from folks regarding moving to the periphery of the country in general and the Golan in particular was the distance to hospitals. I totally get it. My parents, G-d bless them for a long and healthy life, spend months at a time with us in the Golan, but they still name the distance to hospitals (45 minutes to Ziv in Zfat and Poriya in Tiberius) as a reason they could never move here. My dad lists the lack of reliable mechanics as another, but that’s for separate post (I love my mechanic!).
Well, last night we had an experience that should mitigate, if not completely remove, that hesitation. On our first night hosting our Australian guest, a young woman who is part of an international Zionist youth leadership program, which our daughter is also a member of, she began to feel dizzy, then sick, then vomiting, and eventually completely weak, shaky and clammy. We brought her to the relatively new all night, emergency clinic in Kazrin. All night emergency clinics in the center of the country might not seem like a big deal, but for us it is a game changer! In the end it was most likely a trifecta of exhaustion, dehydration and food poisoning. But the ability to drive 15 minutes for her to get checked and receive an IV infusion instead of 45 minutes and then the prerequisite wait in the emergence room was a pleasure (all things considered).
In my mind, this is one more sign of the increasing value of property in the North, as infrastructure like roads, trains and all night clinics make it even easier and more desirable to live here.
Here is the link to the Bikur Rofe Kazrin page in case of emergency, G-d forbid.
This is the kind of news we love on so many levels! But what I want to emphasize here is the statistic that over 20% of this most recent Nefesh B’Nefesh plane of new immigrants to Israel is choosing to move to the periphery of the country, including the Galilee and the Golan Heights. And each of them will need a place to live, probably looking to rent at first.
You really can’t beat the quality of life up here. As a former resident of Maryland and New Jersey, I can vouch that living in the Golan (and the Galilee) most closely replicates all the good points of living in North America plus has all the benefits of actually being in the Land of Israel.