HB #61: Making an Aliyah – Part 4 (With Sharon Mandel)

Nate and Sharon sit down in their living room and chat about all things Israel. How did their viewpoint change after a year of living there? Have the struggles changed their idealism of wanting to live in the Holy Land?

First, they discuss the cost benefit of buying furniture in Israel verses shipping new furniture from the US. After having been sure their decision to only bring a pallet of things and purchase everything else they needed in Israel, they are now looking at it with different eyes. The conclusion is that even with the high cost of shipping from overseas, if you are furnishing a whole house or apartment, it’s still going to cost less, and result in better quality, to bring everything over from the US.

Second is transportation – Nate and Sharon ended up buying their electric scooter. They love it! But it has its limitations. It’s great in their sleepy desert town, for getting around locally to pick up some groceries or doing errands. But, in the end, they admit that they really need to buy a car and are looking into getting a Tesla, since the price of gas is so much higher than in the States.

Third is their experience with socialized medicine while living in an area that is far away from more populated centers. From finding the right doctors to getting the prescriptions, paperwork, and appointments, they are not happy with medical care in the country.

On the good side, despite the negatives, they LOVE being in Israel! They have internalized the adage “Expect nothing and be grateful for everything.” Israel is a land of miracles and is warm, sunny, and beautiful. The quality of life and the chilled culture of the inhabitants is inspiring and something to learn from. 

Nate sums things up on life in Israel:

Luxury and efficiency? No

Idealism and culture? Definitely…yes!

HB #56 Making an Aliyah – Part 3 (With Sharon Mandel)

Yes! We finally made it to our homeland! Tune into this episode to continue following Nate and Sharon’s journey to Israel. Having finally pulled their Aliyah, they are starting to feel settled and comfortable in their new home.

HB #33: Making an Aliyah in 2020 During the Pandemic – Part 2 – With Sharon Mandel

If you thought pure survival during the pandemic is difficult, try moving to another country that requires dealing with incompetent organizations and government agencies in order to get you there. In this episode we dive into the second part of our Aliyah journey. Enjoy!

FIS #26: Moving to Israel! Making an Aliyah – Part 1 (With Sharon Mandel)

Moving to Israel in 2020? This is what you can expect…
We recorded this episode before the pandemic hit. Wait until you hear part 2!

In this episode we delve into the ins and outs of making an Aliyah from America. Our journey. Our thought process.