Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Milk Allergen Warning and Recall!

Meshukladis Chocolates & Candies warns the public that the following product MAY CONTAIN Milk, and should not be eaten by anyone with a milk allergy:
message and wrappers may vary

DelConte Pareve Chocolate Pralines (labeled Neopolitans in Hebrew), Bittersweet Chocolate, sold in 500g bags or by weight, with production code L6012, and use by date 31.07.2017
The bags are labeled with barcode 8002429001745

The chocolates are safe to eat, UNLESS one has a milk allergy.

To ensure public safety, the product is being recalled.

If you have purchased this product, you are invited to call the company at 08-933-1080 or make contact via their website

Please share this post with anyone who may be affected by this recall!

10 shekel movie tickets!

The 10 shekel movie deal is back!

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 is "Movie Time" - and you'll be able to see ANY movie currently playing in theaters for just 10 shekels per ticket.

Please keep in mind that movies get sold out quickly, so you'll want to buy your ticket in advance, if possible.

Find participating theaters (most theaters in the country) here:

Yes Planet www.yesplanet.co.il
Globus (*2235) - https://globusmax.co.il/
Rav Chen www.rav-hen.co.il
Lev (*5155) - http://www.lev.co.il/ 

Cinema City 1-700-70-22-55 - http://www.cinema-city.co.il/


Thursday, October 20, 2016

iHerb Savings - Stock up time!

Right now, in addition to Daily and Weekly Specials at iHerb, the full selection of Bath & Beauty products is on Sale!
Save 10% off anything and everything from the Bath & Beauty category -- even the brands that don't usually go on sale!

So go ahead and stock up if these are things you buy!

If you're new to iHerb shopping, clicking any of these links will load a $5 coupon into your cart! 

Remember, you will get the best shipping deal if your order is either very small and light, or if your order is up to 4 lbs and totals $40 or more. Otherwise, you'll pay a slightly higher shipping rate than you might have in the past - but it's still a highly competetive rate.

Want to know more about Shopping at iHerb? Be sure to check out this post - "What do I order from iHerb?"

Happy deal hunting!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Garlic Warning!

A ton of garlic that was deemed inedible and not fit for sale was stolen from Kibbutz Hulata in northern Israel.

The garlic was treated with a pesticide that rendered it unfit for consumption.

The authorities fear the stolen garlic will show up in the open market and will be sold by weight, and are warning the public NOT to purchase garlic sold by weight for the time being. Packaged garlic is deemed safe to use.

FREE Attractions and Activities for Sukkot!

Don't want to spend too much money this Sukkot? No one does!
Here are a number of free activities to choose from!
Take your pick, and let me know where you've been and how it was!!
(Please call ahead and verify this information, I cannot take responsibility for errors.) 

UPDATED Oct 18th to add the following information:

The Center for Research and Development of the Shomron and Jordan Valley
Kida Junction
Free Science Event on Thursday Oct 20, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Mizpe Ramon Science Center
Free Science Events on Thursday Oct 20, 10am-10pm
050-780-7598 or 050-749-8021  


Tree Festival ("Hadarim U'N'shirim")
Lehavot HaBashan 6, Tzomet HaGumah Rd
Oct 18-20 at noon.

Tzuk Manara
SOME free activities (many will be paid admission, call ahead for accurate info)
Kiryat Shmonah

Musical Hallel in Park Katzrin
Oct 18 
Ancient Katzrin

Eshkolot offers a whole list of free activities all over the country Oct 18-20
Meeting points include: Katzabiya parking lot, Rosh Pina's old cemetery, "Ha'Agam" Parking lot, Reichan Forest Reserve
For more information and to register, call 02-626-8727

Sunset Jazz Concerts beginning at 6pm Oct 18-20
Namal Ein Gev, "Mifgash HaDayagim"

Yekev Harei HaGalil
Circus-style Entertainment is FREE
(Winery tours require entry fee)
Kibbutz Yir'on

The Kineret Trail
Free Guided Trail Tours. Some activities have a fee.

Holiday at the Port
Oct 19 all night activities
Other activities Oct 16-24
At The Ein Gev Port

HaShomer HChadash Olive Festival
Oct 19-20, 9am-5pm
Advance Registration Required
Ein Kamonim Farm

Binyamina Festival for Israeli Art
(Concerts Require Admission Fee)
Many Free Events
Oct 19-20 10am-5pm

Olive Festival - Saba Chaviv
Kibbutz Parod
Oct 17-24, 11am-4pm

Nachal Kziv Shuttle and Guided Tour
Oct 17-22, 9am-4pm
Meeting Point: Maalot - the Koren Industrial Zone

Tastes of the Galilee
Food Festival
Oct 18-20, beginning at noon
Lake Montfort, Maalot-Tarshicha

Harvest Festival
(Concerts - Paid Admission, other activities are free)
Beit Shean
Oct 18-20

Free Concert at Park Katzrin
Oct 19, 9pm
Ancient Katzrin
must be 18+ yrs old

Chocolate Festival
Nazareth Illit
Oct 18-19
at "Mul Harim"

(Shows for Children)
Oct 18-20
Cinemall Haifa

Haifa Celebrates
Street Events and Museum Events throughout Haifa

MisChag Street Festival
Kfar Tavor
Oct 18-19, 4pm-9pm

Leket Israel
Pick Vegetables for Leket in Moshav Nahalal!
Oct 18, 10-2
Advance registration required

Paprika Festival
(some activities are free, some have a fee)
Oct 15-24, 10-4
Derech HaTavlinim
Beit Lechem HaGlilit

Olive Oil Tour and Tasting
(some activities free)
Olive Press at Beit Lechem HaGlilit

"Decoding the Mystery of the Kingdom"
Free Puzzle Game/Outdoor Event
Ramat HaNadiv
Oct 19-20, 11am-4pm

Fruit Picking and Juicing
Moshav Adirim
Oct 18-20, 9am-noon
Advance Registration Required

Art Festival
Oct 21-22
Afula, at the new shuk

Art Festival
Oct 19-20
Afula, Sderot Arlozorov

First Aliyah Museum
Free Admission Oct 18-20, 9am-5pm
Oct 21 9am-2pm


Oct 18-19, 10am-10pm
Hangar 11
Namal Tel Aviv

Ashdod Port Events
Oct 18-20, 8:30-4

"Our Driver"
Egged Museum
Oct 18-21, 8:30-12:30

"We Found Water, We Made Wine"
Oct 18-20, 10-2
The Well, at The Rothschild Museum
Rishon L'Tzion

"All in the Family"
Shoham, Gan HaChevel
Oct 19-20

Mobile Escape Rooms
Oct 18-20
Kanyon Renanim

Yemenite Festival
Oct 18-20, 4-11pm

The World of Peter Pan
Oshiland, Kfar Sava

Eshkolot offers a whole list of free activities all over the country Oct 18-20. Meeting points include: the Gas Station at the entrance to Ariel
For more information and to register, call 02-626-8727

Jerusalem Area:

Bible Marathon
Oct 21, 8-noon

Yafo Winery
Free Guided Tours
Neve Michael
0544523201 (advance registration required)

Planet in Jerusalem
Free Origami, Concert, and more
Oct 18-24
Yes! Planet

Presidential Sukkah
President Ruvi Rivlin and family are opening their Sukkah for a public reception
Oct 19, 10-4
the Garden at the President's Home
(No bags or guns allowed; Come with TZ or passport ONLY)

at the Israel Museum
Free admission for Children
Oct 17-25

Treasure Hunt!
Oct 18-20, 10-2
Kfar Etzion

Eshkolot offers a whole list of free activities all over the country Oct 18-20
Meeting points include: Ir David, Tzomet Shoresh, Tzomet Ha'Elah
For more information and to register, call 02-626-8727

Kikar Safra Municipal Visitor's Center
Free Guided Tours
Oct 19, at 11am - Tour in English.
Meet at the Entrance to Building 3

Jerusalem Autumn Festival
Emek Hatzvaim
Oct 18-21, 9am-5pm

Derech Beit Lechem Festival
Oct 18, 5-10pm

Ein Kerem Festival
Oct 19-21
Oct 19, 10am-11pm
Oct 20, 6pm-11pm
Oct 21, 9am-2pm

Opening - "Chatzerot B'Yerushalayim"
Museum of Italian Jewry
Opening event on Oct 18 at 7pm is FREE


"HaDarom Oleh"
Festival at Tayelet Ashkelon
Oct 19-20, 6-11pm

Eshkolot offers a whole list of free activities all over the country Oct 18-20
Meeting points include: Bnei Dekalim, Moshav Carmel, and the Gas Station at the northern entrance to Eilat.
For more information and to register, call 02-626-8727

"Bedouin Happening"
Oct 18, 2-7pm
Industrial Park Idan HaNegev

Succot in the Old City
Old City of Beer Sheva
Oct 18-20, beginning at 10am
Some museums have an admission fee

If you know of other free events or activities, please leave a comment below!

Chag Sameyach - Happy Holiday - to all!

Important Info: Personal Imports - Taxes, Fees, and more

package from purchase abroad - tax free!

Shopping online and wondering what to expect regarding taxes and fees? This guide will help you understand the basics that apply to residents of Israel when they shop online from overseas. Most of us shop this way to save money, so who wants a tax bill surprise when the order gets here? This post will help you avoid a tax bill (legally, of course!).

Here's the rundown (the full regulations can be found on the Israel tax authority's site)

Your purchase, no matter what currency it was in, will be translated into US Dollars by the tax authority to determine if it's taxable:

Purchases up to $75 - no taxes

Purchases above $75 up to $500 - no customs taxes, but VAT will apply in most cases (17% currently), and Purchase Tax (variable rates) may apply

Purchases over $500 - subject to all taxes (VAT , Purchase Tax, and Customs Tax)

Calcalist also points out that purchases of up to $75 will be subject to customs clearance fees if they arrive using an EMS service* (about 35 shekels), and if the value of the purchase is higher, the customs clearance fee can be higher as well.

Please be aware that the purchase price only (not purchase + shipping) will determine whether an item will be taxed. Once it is found to be taxable, however, applicable taxes will be calculated on the purchase price + the shipping price.

One more important point: If you order multiple orders from the same seller and they arrive within 72 hours of each other, customs may combine the orders and treat them as one purchase for tax purposes. They may not. But it is a possibility you should be aware of before you place multiple orders.

Some of these regulations are different from what some people seem to believe, so please refer back to this guide if you are about to place an order and you're not sure what to expect from the tax-man.

If you're not sure where to start shopping online, I've compiled a list of websites that offer low cost shipping to Israel! Please be sure to check it out! Let's help open Israel's marketplace and bring down our cost of living without bringing down our standard of living!

Some of my favorite websites to shop from are:

BetterWorldBooks.com ~ iHerb ~ AliExpress

Be sure to check out the whole list!

*Examples of EMS services - Express Mail, Fedex, UPS and other express delivery services. Sometimes DHL is EMS and sometimes it is not.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Some of our Favorite FREE Resources!

Thought I'd share some of our favorite free online resources with you today.

I'm not talking about news sites, or Facebook, because - well, we may learn a lot from them, but that's just not what I'm talking about.

Here are some great FREE resources to help you make the most of your time:

Learn Hebrew with DuoLingo
(and other languages too!)

Virtual Museum Visits (because we can't all just jet off to Paris or somewhere every day!)

Virtual Exhibits

Open Culture offers free courses in almost everything!

Wolfram Alpha offers free online access to computers that can do all sorts of computations our normal computers can't do

That ought to keep you busy for a while!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pre-Fast menu

Yom Kippur is almost here. Wishing you all a meaningful and successful fast and a good year ahead, full of health and happiness and peace and lovingkindness.

I'll quickly share my pre-fast menu - I have been very busy and haven't been posting much lately, but I really hope to get back into the swing of things, starting now!

Here's our plan:

Homemade Spelt and Oat Bran Challot (from the freezer)
Mushroom-Vegetable-Barley Soup
Date Honey Chicken
Potato Kugel
Apple Crisp
Roasted Veggies
Steamed Broccoli
Cucumbers and Tomatoes

We probably won't have any room for dessert, but I'm making chocolate chip squares right now!