Thursday, July 24th:
Today we planned to go to the Geula neighborhood in Jerusalem to Cheerfully Changed to finally cash and deposit our NBN grant check. Finding out from Egged which buses to take was impossible. Fortunately for us we had a 15-minute wait at the bus stop around the corner from our apartment and after explaining our predicament to a very nice native, she not only coordinated our travel plans with the bus driver, but also helped us to finally purchase cartisias (bus passes).
It took a while to locate Cheerfully Changed – we had the address Malchai Yisrael 31 but most of the buildings weren’t numbered. Eventually we came upon a Feldheim book store and as I attempted to ask in my pathetic Hebrew, a very nice man told me in English that it was the next door down (the one we had just passed). It turns out that you have to go up the stairs, turn, and then down to the basement level.
The man behind the bullet-proof glass was very efficient and nice – I signed the check, he cashed and deposited it into our bank account at a good exchange rate and changed some American dollars that the post office had rejected. Continue reading Kotel and Jerusalem Shopping
Wednesday, July 23rd:
Our washing machine was installed today! And the guy showed up ON TIME (with 15 minutes of the 6 hour window to spare)!
In Israel you must have a technician connect the washer in order for the warranty to be valid. I now know the reason; the technician is also a salesperson who brings all sorts of nifty add-ons with him, e.g., wheels to roll it around on, a magnet that magically prevents the minerals in the water from clogging up the motor, etc.
Continue reading Washer & Dryer and Shuk Shopping
Monday, July 21st:
We waited for the delivery man to bring us the HP M1522nf printer we ordered last Thursday – according to Oren at Logistic Laser it was supposed to be delivered last Thursday, if not then Sunday afternoon. Well we waited around all day Sunday and they didn’t show up.
When I called to complain today, they told us it would be here before noon. The guy showed up at 2:10 PM and he knew nothing about picking up my cartridges for the printer I no longer have and exchanging them for the new ones.
So around 3:30 we were finally off for an exciting shopping trip to Talpiot to complete our shopping for household items… Continue reading Waiting for Printer, Talpiot Shopping
Thursday, July 17th:
I took the bus up to Kikar Yaalom and ordered 6 hand-made closets and book cases. Most apartments and houses in Israel don’t have built in closets – and we had sold our bookcases in the US because they were the pressed board type from Home Depot that don’t knock down and reassemble easily.
We were fortunate to find a nice Jewish cabinet maker (I have issues buying from Arabs when they blow up buses and bulldoze people down in the streets of Jerusalem!) who hand makes these items out of solid wood for very reasonable prices. Hopefully we’ll receive 3 closets with rods, drawers and shelves, and 3 bookcases with doors (to keep the dust off of things) in about 3 weeks. He’s even going to try to build a wine rack into one of the bookcases. Continue reading Closets and Printers
Tuesday, July 15th:
Michael and Yisrael stayed home waiting for the refrigerator delivery and possibly the “technician” who was to bring and “install” our ADSL modem.
I took the bus (#174) to the Ma’aleh Adumim post office to exchange money (less expensive than doing it at the bank – better exchange rate), and attempted to pay the health insurance registration fees (14.7 shekels for each adult = $4.34 – no charge for children).
The guy at the counter told me that I needed a Bituach Leumi card (national health insurance), he wouldn’t accept the form the Ministry of Absorption gave me at the airport – this was after I waited on line for about 40 minutes! Continue reading Deliveries, Health Insurance, and Nefesh B’Nefesh
Sunday, July 13th:
Bezeq installed our land line and turned on the ADSL outside, but didn’t deliver the modem because we ordered our service through an olim special with 012 (Internet Service Provider). In Israel you either need Cable or Bezeq ADSL + an Internet Service Provider in order to get online service.
After that we left on an adventure to Talpiot around Noon (via Egged bus #175 to Central Bus Station and bus #20 to the Hadar Mall) where our friend Bella Hyman (who drove up from Efrat) showed us where to shop and translated for us. Continue reading Phone Installation and Shopping
Monday, July 14th:
Sanne, our very kind landlady, drove us up to Kikar Yaalom (the old shopping center across the street from the new mall) and took us to the hardware store. We couldn’t find the adapters we needed for our phone, but did buy 2 clothes drying racks and clothes pins. Continue reading Clothes Pins and Bank Accounts
Friday, July 11th:
Jetlag caused the day to be a blur! I do remember that we were expecting Bezeq (the phone company) to turn on our phone and ADSL Internet connection and having phone conversations with them and Reuven Grossman of BroadFone (an oleh located in Ramat Beit Shemesh). Reuven set us up with VoIP (Voice over Internet) last November so that we could have an Israeli phone line to make calls on from the States – saved us lots of money! They provide customer service in English (a big plus for us) – here’s his contact info in case you’re in the market:
Reuven Grossman (NBN 04 Oleh to Jerusalem)
052-579-0958 in Israel
877-223-2290 US Toll-Free
Friday night Michael went to the Mussar Avicha shul with Fred Casden and when they returned we enjoyed a wonderful Shabbat meal with Fred, Barbara and Natania (they live at #33 down the street from us). Continue reading Jetlag and Shabbat with the Casdens