The Aliyah Files #12 Ideas for adding color to a colorless standard Israeli apartment

I live in an apartment and like most apartments in Israel, it is made of concrete.  The concrete floor is covered with neutral-colored square tiles.  The walls of the apartment are painted white.  This color scheme (or more accurately lack of … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #12 Ideas for adding color to a colorless standard Israeli apartment

The Aliyah Files #11: America’s got S’Mores. Israel’s got Krembos. Comparison of these 2 Marshmallow Treats

After publishing The Aliyah Files #10 Pumpkin-Spiced Latte, one of the kids came home with a Krembo. I had forgotten since last year that ’tis now the season for Krembos.  A Krembo is a chocolate-coated marshmallow fluff atop a biscuit … Continue reading The Aliyah Files #11: America’s got S’Mores. Israel’s got Krembos. Comparison of these 2 Marshmallow Treats

The Aliyah Files #5: Doors, Light Switches, Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home

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

The Aliyah Files #4 Small Appliances: What to Bring and What to Buy

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 Aliyah Files #4 Small Appliances: What to Bring and What to Buy

The Aliyah Files #2: Recommended Cleaning Products to Buy in Israel

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 Aliyah Files #2: Recommended Cleaning Products to Buy in Israel