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 #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 Klutter Koach BLOG is now more user-friendly!

If you have enjoyed reading my BLOG POSTS, there is a new drop down menu for the categories! Stay turned for more user-friendly updates! In WordPress you have to chose a category.  A web designer recently informed me of the difference between CATEGORIES and TAGS.  Having over 200 categories isn’t something one should do…hence IContinue reading “The Klutter Koach BLOG is now more user-friendly!”

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 #16: Over-the-Counter-Medication

No matter where on the planet we find ourselves, there will be occasional headaches, stomachaches, and other minor discomforts.  If your favorite standbys for these ailments have been Tylenol, Pepto, or other OTC medications you are going to need to know the lingo of Israeli OTCs.  I can only speak for the American brands, soContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #16: Over-the-Counter-Medication”

The Aliyah Files #15: 5 Items to buy the first week after of arriving in Israel

In previous blog posts I have advised what NOT to bring on aliyah. This issue of the Aliyah Files focuses on items I recommend purchasing once you arrive in Israel. Kum kum (coom coom)-an electric kettle to heat your water for a quick hot beverage.                     Continue reading “The Aliyah Files #15: 5 Items to buy the first week after of arriving in Israel”

The Aliyah Files #14: Essential Hebrew Part II

If you can understand the following sentence you are doing a great job on your Hebrew acquisition: The kablan was at the apartment doing shputzim so I grabbed some mishmishim for fruit snack, told the kids to get their bimbas, and headed the park for awhile.  If this sentence is a bit cryptic I adviseContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #14: Essential Hebrew Part II”

The Aliyah Files #13: Essential Hebrew Part I

Whether or not you go to ulpan (ool-pan) (intensive classes where you learn Hebrew), here are some essential words you will want to learn ASAP. The teacher in me knows that introducing too many vocabulary words at one time will be overwhelming so here are ten words for starters. Refer to this list below asContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #13: Essential Hebrew Part I”

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 color scheme) is very boring and without much character (IMHO). If painting the walls isn’tContinue 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 cookie.  It’s too sweet for my liking, but nevertheless, it’s part of the Israeli cultureContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #11: America’s got S’Mores. Israel’s got Krembos. Comparison of these 2 Marshmallow Treats”

The Aliyah Files #10: Pumpkin-Spiced Latte

What images do you associate with the word “autumn”? I think of leaves in stunning hues of red, orange, and yellow, scarecrows, pumpkins, and big plump turkeys. Or perhaps you envision tall leather boots, warm cozy sweaters, and hot pumpkin-spiced latte.  I’ll break it to you gently, but things are a bit different here inContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #10: Pumpkin-Spiced Latte”

The Aliyah Files #8: The Illustrated Guide to School Supplies

It’s time to shop for school supplies.  This will be a brand new experience unlike any other back to school shopping outing you’ve had in the past.  1. the list will be in Hebrew.  2. you’ve now left the familiarity of Crayola products and paper folders.  Whether you’re a new Oleh or have been hereContinue reading “The Aliyah Files #8: The Illustrated Guide to School Supplies”

The Aliyah Files #6: Preparing for Pesach in Israel-Time Management, Shopping, and Organizational Strategies

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.