It has been my observation there is a difference in hobbies and collections of American kids compared to Israeli kids. Here in Israel, collections are small items that don’t take up a lot of space. Just as there is a … Continue reading Hobbies and Collections of Kids in Israel
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
Purim and over and now the countdown is on until Pesach. This edition of the Olim Files discusses the ORGANIZATIONAL ASPECTS of time and space the holiday. Continue reading The Olim Files #6: Preparing for Pesach in Israel
After you have arrived to your new home, you will soon discover a few things that need a brief explanation. These things will seem odd at first but will then seem second nature. Doors. Made of metal or wood. The front … Continue reading The Olim Files #5: Doors, Light Switches, Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home
One question that comes up over and over is about which items to bring to Israel and which items to leave behind. Regarding small appliances, my advice: BRING NOTHING Sell these appliances and pocket the money to buy new or nearly new items once you arrive. The big problem with bringing small appliances from the USA is that they do not convert well from 110 to 220, even with the use of a transformer. In a short time, the motors will burn out and you will end up replacing them anyway. Save the cost of shipping and buy your small … Continue reading The Olim Files #4: Small Appliances
There aren’t closets in Israel. What?! NO CLOSET? We have Aronot (ah ro NOTE) in the which is the plural of Aron (AH ron). This is not to be confused with the boys name Aharon (AH ha ron). You have probably heard of an Aron Kodesh, which houses our Holy Torah. An Aron is a closet, a free-standing cabinet that is not built into the wall. Aronot or as I call in my grammatically incorrect Hebrew “arons”, generally have a combination of shelves, drawers, and section to hang clothes. Some are well-designed while others are poorly designed. One of the … Continue reading The Olim Files #3: No Closets?! Where do I keep my Clothes?
Time to clean your house, wash dishes, and do laundry. Say goodbye to your favorite standbys and hello to the following items. Natural Products: For the folks who like using natural products this is for you: lemon juice=מיץ לימון, vinegar=חומץ, and baking soda/ sodium bicarbonate=סודה לשתייה. For real lemons, besides the ones at the grocery store, you can often find them growing on trees. Say goodbye to Arm & Hammer baking soda. You won’t find it here. Dish soap: Palmolive, Spark and Fairy to name a few brands. I still prefer my Palmolive. My favorite sponges are the metallic ones because they … Continue reading The Olim Files #2: Cleaning Products
I made aliyah in 2010. Moving overseas is a huge adjustment. Besides integrating into a new culture, learning a new language, finding work, finding schools for the kids, there are million small changes to be made. One of these changes is … Continue reading The Olim Files Issue#1: Housekeeping 101 in Israel