The Aliyah Files #18: Welcome to Israel!

Welcome to all the new olim who arrived on this morning’s Nefesh B’Nefesh flight! 100 °F weather is probably making you wonder what you’re getting yourself into, but don’t dismay. The temperature does cool off… eventually.

My biggest aliyah tip of the day is to stay hydrated. Water, juice, water with petel, shlookim, artikim, juicy fruits, more water. If you don’t know all the terms I mentioned find some downtime and read the back issues of The Olim Files.

A few more tips: air conditioning, sun hats, visors, sunblock, more water, taxi splurge (this was the best 15 shekel I spent today-so worth it). Did I mention drinking water?

It has been my experience that neighbors are neighborly. When we first arrived our new neighbors brought over a bottle of Coke, plastic cups, and some nosh for the kids. My Hebrew was non-existent but we still managed to communicate.

Recently I was working with a client and unpacking boxes for four hours. The doorbell kept ringing with neighbors popping over to greet the new family in the block. Some brought welcome goodies others came empty-handed, but all with a smile and genuine interest in saying hello. Very reminiscent of times of yesteryear. Who really knows their neighbors these days? Around here, we do!

So regardless of the temps outdoors, you’ve made a great choice to spend your years until 120 in Israel. Welcome home, baruchim habaim ברוכים הבאים and drink your water.


July 25, 2018

Have you missed an issue of the Aliyah Files?



#17 Ditch the Warehouse Club Mentality

#16 Over-the-Counter-Medication

#15 What to Buy as Soon as You Get Off the Plane

#14 Essential Hebrew Part II

#13 Essential Hebrew Part I

#12 Color and Home Decorating

#11 Snack Attack

#10 Autumn Symbols

#9 The First Week of School

#8    The Illustrated Guide to School Supplies

#7  To Bring, or Not to Bring- That is the Question

#6 Making Pesach in Israel

#5  Doors, Light Switches,Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home

#4 Small Appliances

#3 Israeli Closets

#2 Cleaning Products

#1 Housekeeping 101 in Israel

Published by Karen Furman

Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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