The Olim Files #22 Time is Relative

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 these changes or they may drive you batty. WEEKEND.  Typically, in the Western mindset we have a WEEKEND which is Saturday and Sunday.  Once arriving to Israel there will be a bit of a shift.  Friday is often a half-day of work and school.  On … Continue reading The Olim Files #22 Time is Relative

The Olim Files #21 The Ultimate in De-cluttering 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 a car. THEN: My main income came from teaching Spanish to English speakers and after aliyah my main income came from teaching English to Hebrew speakers.  NOW:  I am a business owner of  THE KLUTTER KOACH offering home organizing, de-cluttering, downsizing and moving services to Bet … Continue reading The Olim Files #21 The Ultimate in De-cluttering Part IV

The Olim 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 … Continue reading The Olim Files #18: Welcome to Israel!

The Olim Files #7: To Bring, or Not to Bring- That is the Question

Apologies to William Shakespeare on the slight adaption of his famed quote.  To bring, or not to bring (belongings on aliyah) is the next big question after deciding where to live and when to move. This question repeats itself over and over on Yahoo and Facebook groups with everyone putting in their two-cents worth.  As a home organizer and moving strategist, I have a few things to contribute to the topic. My advice isn’t a “one size fits all” formula but some general guidelines as someone who assists clients all the time with these questions. The less you bring on … Continue reading The Olim Files #7: To Bring, or Not to Bring- That is the Question