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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #36 Money and end of year school expenses
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #34 What To Bring on Aliyah: The categories of Might and Maybe
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #33 To Bring or Not to Bring Your Furniture
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #32: 5 tips for downsizing photos from the pre-digital photo era
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 … Continue reading My Career Switch, Aliyah, and The Klutter Koach
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #31 Moving Tips on Packing Books for the Jewish Home
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. … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #30 What to Bring on the Plane When Travelling with School-aged Kids
You’re in Israel or made aliyah and have tummy trouble. Here’s what you can take for diarrhea, gas, and stomach ailment. Continue reading The Aliyah Files #29 Got Tummy Trouble? What OTC meds can you take for relief?
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #28 The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way
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 … Continue 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
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, … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #28 How to downsize your book collection
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #26: My home is so dusty! Help!
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #25: Best Snacks to Send to School
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #24: Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #23: Summer is Sizzling. Stay Hydrated!
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #22 It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #21 The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #20: The month of Shevat important events: Tu B’Shevat and First Semester Report Cards
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 … Continue reading The Aliyah Files Files #19: Eating Healthy on a Budget