The National Insurance Institute is at your side during your life, from birth to advanced age, granting you a variety of social rights adapted to changing life situations.
The National Insurance Institute is responsible for the social security of Israeli residents.
Its primary mission is to ensure means of subsistence for those unable to earn their living.
The National Insurance Institute collects insurance contributions from all residents according to their social background and status, and pays benefits to those entitled. Hence, the income of economically established groups is transferred to weak and vulnerable groups and, thereby, the National Insurance Institute contributes to a more equitable distribution of national income and the reduction of dimensions of poverty. Further information...
Ghetto Law which was enacted in June 2002 in Germany, determines that the
period of labour which was not forced in ghettos in areas captured or annexed
by the German reich, will be taken into consideration for counting periods of
insurance for calculating eligibility for old-age and survivor's pensions for
Germany's social security organisation.
On June 18th, 1997, the Court for Social Affairs in Germany determined in a landmark ruling, that the labour period which was unforced in Poland's Lodz Ghetto, will be taken into consideration when counting periods of insurance for calculating eligibility for old-age and survivor's pensions. In the wake of this ruling, social insurance bodies in Germany began paying benefits to the eligible.
In June 2002, the Ghetto Law was enacted in Germany, which set the conditions for additional ghettos.
In June 2009, the German Court for Social Affairs extended conditions for eligibility to the benefit according to the Ghetto Law.
Starting in August 2014, the Ghetto Law was changed. The change allowed retroactive receipt of the benefit from 1997 for those to whom it had been paid at a later date.
In August 2014, German institutions began approaching potentially eligible persons in writing, asking them to choose between receiving a retroactive sum and reducing the monthly benefit, or giving up the monthly benefit and continuing to receive the allowance they had received in the past.
The German institution sends letters in Hebrew (ZRBG 932) to those who have already started receiving the Ghetto Law benefit, explaining the choice along with an explanation of the amendment to the law, and a reply form (ZRBG 933 Rueckantwort).
In 2007 the German government decided that the Finance Ministry (Bundesamt fuer zentrale Dienste und offene Vermoegungsfragen, BADV), would pay a one-time grant of 2,000 Euro, to those whose claim for an old-age pension had been rejected by the Ghetto Law. Later, the German government decided that it would be possible to receive both a monthly old-age pension according to the Ghetto Law, as well as a one-time grant of 2,000 Euro.
Please note: For claims and enquiries about the grant, apply directly to BADV at the following address:
Bundesamt fuer zentrale Dienste und offene Vermoegungsfragen
Telefon: +49(0)22899 7030 1324
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Informationen Formulare
Persons answering to one of the following descriptions may be eligible for the benefit according to the Ghetto Law:
The claims forms may be found on this site, or be requested from the Foreign Relations Department by fax or email: for and old-age pension – form ZRBG 100 and for a survivor's pension, form ZRBG 500.
Forms must be filled out and sent to the social security organisation in Germany at the following address:
An heir (recognised as such by the Israeli court), may be eligible for a retroactive payment (the old-age pension sum which the deceased would have received had he/she lived) if all the following conditions are met:
To check the eligibility of the deceased, apply in writing to the social security organisation in Germany. The letter must list the names, addresses and identity numbers of the heirs. It is important to indicate the German social security number of the deceased if this is known.