The Aliyah Files #36 Money and end of year school expenses

The school year is coming to a close. As the final weeks are being counted down, another thing I’m counting the amount of money flying out of my wallet and wishing the money tree would sprout more bills. Here are some unexpected expenses to expect: field trips (tiyulim)- some are included in the annual fee,Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #36 Money and end of year school expenses”

The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware

Whether making aliyah or moving house, the volume of kitchenware is something to consider before shlepping all your things from one home to another. In many dwellings, storage space is inadequate. In others, while adequate storage, the kitchen design has me shaking my head wondering “What in the world was the designer thinking?” making itContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware”

The Aliyah Files #34 What To Bring on Aliyah: The categories of Might and Maybe

Might and Maybe are dangerous words to use in moving. Items given this designation fall into the blackhole of possibilities and good intentions. Putting it bluntly, most of these possibilities will NEVER happen. Think back to March 2020 when the world was on lockdown. Think of all the possibilities where ‘might’ and ‘maybe’ came intoContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #34 What To Bring on Aliyah: The categories of Might and Maybe”

The Aliyah Files #33 To Bring or Not to Bring Your Furniture

As I write this, I’m sitting in my 3-bedroom (4 room) Israeli apartment. Looking around my home, I’m taking note of what remains from our move nearly 11 years ago.1. dining room table 2. antique dry sink 3. vintage (possibly antique) buffet with a hutch 4. wicker foldable screen 5. free-standing coat rack That’s it.Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #33 To Bring or Not to Bring Your Furniture”

The Aliyah Files #32: 5 tips for downsizing photos from the pre-digital photo era

In the pre-digital era of photos, you may recall dropping off rolls of film to the nearest photo processing establishment and eagerly anticipated their return, hoping that pictures weren’t blurry or otherwise disappointing. These long-ago prints are now stockpiled in envelopes, bags, drawers, boxes, and albums. If the mere thought downsizing this collection CAUSES ANXIETY,Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #32: 5 tips for downsizing photos from the pre-digital photo era”

My Career Switch, Aliyah, and The Klutter Koach

There are many conversations and news articles about the effects of Covid 19 aka Corona Virus and its effects on people making aliyah.  The numbers are going up -I say this ambiguously – as it can mean both numbers of Corona cases as well as the deluge of inquiries and applications to organizations like NefeshContinue reading “My Career Switch, Aliyah, and The Klutter Koach”

The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home

  Jewish homes have lots of books.  Marie Kondo’s suggestion of a 30-book limit just doesn’t work for us, so when it comes to packing up bookcases prior to moving there’s a lot of work to be done.  I highly recommend doing a book purge prior to packing so you are only bringing books youContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home”

The Aliyah Files #30 What to Bring on the Plane When Travelling with School-aged Kids

Mazel tov!  August will be my family’s 10-year Aliyahversary, meaning ten years ago we left our life in America and moved to Israel. I can’t believe a decade has passed and it seems like just yesterday we boarded the plane. Speaking of planes, based on the Nefesh B’Nefesh summer flight schedule, it looks like lotsContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #30 What to Bring on the Plane When Travelling with School-aged Kids”

The Aliyah Files #29 Got Tummy Trouble? What OTC meds can you take for relief?

You’re in Israel or made aliyah and have tummy trouble. Here’s what you can take for diarrhea, gas, and stomach ailment.

The Aliyah Files #28 The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way

When I made aliyah we moved to Karmiel in Northern Israel. Karmiel had a very small Anglo population so my neighbors were all native Israelis.  While not having English-speaking neighbors was a challenge, these neighbors helped me acquaint a new culture as well as indoctrinate me to the ways of Israeli-style home management.   MultipleContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #28 The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way”

The Aliyah Files #27 You’ve finished your stash of Motrin and Tylenol, now what? Here’s the Israeli OTC medication guide for Fever, Aches & Pains

When I’m achy and miserable I want relief.  I also want TLC, soup, and a hot beverage but that can’t be bought at the pharmacy.  So what OTC meds can one find at a pharmacy in Israel that are equivalent to the familiar brands we know and trust from the USA?  Here’s the Klutter Koach’sContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #27 You’ve finished your stash of Motrin and Tylenol, now what? Here’s the Israeli OTC medication guide for Fever, Aches & Pains”

The Aliyah Files #28 How to downsize your book collection

DO YOU LOVE BOOKS? I do, plus I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm.  As much as I love books I don’t own every book I’ve read nor have kept every book I’ve bought. Gasp! Is it sacrilegious to give away books? No, it isn’t. If you’re making aliyah or even just moving across town, this is oneContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #28 How to downsize your book collection”

The Aliyah Files #26: My home is so dusty! Help!

Unicorns are very ‘in’ these days.  So is fairy dust and glitter. These things are cutesy and girly. But… if we’re a grown-up and have a home to manage REAL DUST is no fairy tale. No forest creature is going to come to sweep the house. At the moment dust (the real stuff, not theContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #26: My home is so dusty! Help!”

The Aliyah Files #25: Best Snacks to Send to School

We’re made it to the end of the long, hot summer vacation and it’s BACK TO SCHOOL. Here are some suggestions as a mom and (former) classroom teacher.  Since kids generally have to choose between socializing and eating they will choose socializing.  Think Grab ‘N Go. In Israeli schools here is a morning meal approximatelyContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #25: Best Snacks to Send to School”

The Aliyah Files #24: Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall

Having ample storage space is an extremely common dilemma regardless if have lots of stuff or lean toward minimalistic tendencies.  Unlike pop-up reminders on our phones that say “storage space almost full…manage your storage in settings” we don’t need a reminder that our space if full. What we need are solutions. After 9 years inContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #24: Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall”

The Aliyah Files #23: Summer is Sizzling. Stay Hydrated!

Baby, it’s hot outside.  Maybe not fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot but hot enough that I thank the Almighty that air conditioning was invented and grateful ours works.  Regardless if one is having fun in the sun or chillaxing indoors with a mazgan (air conditioner) I have one word of advice: DRINK! I should clarify: DRINK WATER. SkipContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #23: Summer is Sizzling. Stay Hydrated!”

The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Jewish Standard Time’ (JST for short) which means running ‘fashionably late’ for just about everything.  Is this acceptable?  Yes or no depending on the situation.  After making aliyah you will encounter a few new TIME-RELATED changes in the way things are done.  Depending on your lifestyle, you may love theseContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling”

The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV

Let’s compare some THEN AND NOW details of my life.  THEN: Prior to making aliyah my husband and I lived in a small house, had four children (KH), and two cars.  NOW: 9 years later after making aliyah, my husband and I live in a small apartment, have six children (KH), and don’t own aContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV”

The Aliyah Files #20: The month of Shevat important events: Tu B’Shevat and First Semester Report Cards

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is known as the New Year of the trees. This day marks the season in when the earliest-blooming trees Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. This year Tu B’Shevat was celebrated on Monday, January 21, 2019. For an eco-friendly soul like myself,Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #20: The month of Shevat important events: Tu B’Shevat and First Semester Report Cards”

The Aliyah Files Files #19: Eating Healthy on a Budget

I was in the produce section at the grocery shaking my head in dismay at the prices  I lamented it was cheaper to buy potato chips than fruits and vegetables.  My friend, a fellow shopper, replied with a question “Would you rather spend the extra money on healthy food or on medical expenses?  Looking atContinue reading “The Aliyah Files Files #19: Eating Healthy on a Budget”