Tu B’Shvat 5773

This has been quite an upside-down, inside-out sort of month!  Every single plan I had was interrupted by something that caused plans to change or be abandoned.  This week began with a stomach bug (for me) and my mom being rushed to the ER and now still in ICU. Clients I had planned to do work for weren’t ready with materials I needed, while old clients who had been dormant suddenly had emergencies that needed my attention. As I was getting on the bus this morning heading to Jerusalem to help train a new employee (which I was supposed to have done on Monday), I received a call indicating that the new guy couldn’t make it and the boss was working from home!  Somehow the events of this week transformed me and as I disconnected from the call I said a silent “ayn baya” and continued on to Jerusalem. Continue reading Tu B’Shvat 5773


I.O.U. – Ra’anana

I can’t believe three months have already passed and I haven’t told you all about our new home in Ra’anana. I do apologize for the delay and for the fact that this is going to be a long one!


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that we left our beautiful and happy home in Ma’ale Adumim (along with our settler status :() and moved to Ra’anana for employment in July.

Michael is working at Delek where he is re-learning Oracle database technology (in recent years he specialized in Microsoft SQL databases). Because of his limited Hebrew skills, and his need for retraining, he has pretty much started at the bottom in a junior-level position, but that’s okay with him because he likes it there. Delek treats their employees very well – he especially likes his co-workers and enjoys the Thursday afternoon beer and nosh treats that signal the end of the work week. Continue reading I.O.U. – Ra’anana


Kotel and Jerusalem Shopping

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


Washer & Dryer and Shuk 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.
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Waiting for Printer, Talpiot 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.

HP Printer

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


Ministry of Absorption, School, & Shopping

Wednesday, July 16th:

We had a 10 AM appointment at Misrad HaKlita (office the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption – MoIA) and hired Daniella Aaron to watch Yisrael so we wouldn’t have to listen to “this is SO boring”, “do we HAVE to go to another place? Can’t we just go home?” etc. She is a great sitter – he loved her and we were very happy!

We took the #175 bus to the Central Bus Station and then the #20 (I think) to King George St. Continue reading Ministry of Absorption, School, & Shopping


Phone Installation and Shopping

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


Clothes Pins and Bank Accounts

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