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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Current options Ben gurion to Jerusalem
« on: January 12, 2021, 04:22:45 AM »
My wife is arriving home in a few hours from the states to Israel.  My son was supposed to pick her up at Ben gurion but just found out he needs to go into bidud.
What is the current and best options for taxis from the airport to Jerusalem.  What is the current cost?

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Travel insurance Israel to U.S.
« on: November 21, 2020, 02:28:08 PM »
What are Israelis doing for travel health  insurance for travel from Israel to the U.S.
The regular Harel passport insurance sold by the kupot and other places are not available.
My wife needs to fly shortly and needs coverage that includes corona etc.
I canít imagine people are flying without insurance.

What is the current regulations for people arriving in NJ from Israel?  Is quarantine necessary?  What is the current outbreak levels in the Lakewood area and the Atlantic City area?  Does NJ have any general covid restrictions?

Although Ben Gurion is opening there seems to be so many restrictions that Iím not sure travel is worthwhile.  Yet Israelis love to travel.  Is anyone planning to travel in the near future from Ben Gurion?  Where do you plan to fly to?

Since amazon is now shipping to Israel at a lower shipping cost (I am afraid the days of free shipping might be over) what  have you found that is worth shipping here when you factor in the shipping cost?
I list of worthwhile household items etc. that would be a good value would be most helpful.

General Discussion / What green label foods do you eat in Israel?
« on: May 16, 2020, 08:41:39 PM »
Israel has started marking healthy foods with a green label and unhealthy foods ( high sugar, fat, etc. ) with a red label.  Although we try to eat healthy, besides fruits and vegetables which do not  have labels, the only item we seem to buy with a green label is techina.
What green label items do you purchase and recommend?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Mauritius or Phuket in mid March
« on: January 25, 2020, 01:30:37 PM »
We are considering a trip to Mauritius or Phuket in mid March.  Is cyclone season and rain still a real issue during that time in Mauritius.  We will be using ihg points in either location.  Any suggestion on best ihg hotel in both places.  Public transportation  is also important.

All other things being equal do you have a better chance of getting a free status upgrade on a short stay (1-2 days) or on longer stays.  I am ihg platinum.

Just Shmooze / Why I donít live in Israel yet
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:05:18 PM »
I have read with great interest many post complaining about this Israeli hotel or that Israeli problem with kashrut or issues with Judaism in Israel.  I would be interested in knowing your one main reason for not living in Israel.  If you made aliyah, the main reason why.
Just so you know, I came nine years ago with three teenagers, no job and no housing so I have heard most of the excuses.
Best move I ever made for my family and I!  I am  interested in why you are all not here helping to shape the country instead of complaining about it.

I may be staying in St. Louis near the convention center for a few days including Shabbat.  Are there any kosher food places near there and any shuls within walking distance.  Also what is the best ihg hotel near the convention center?

My daughter who lives in Israel with only an Israeli license just rented a car in California and turned down the supplemental liability insurance.  She should really have taken it. It is a three day rental.  Can she call the company to add it now or pick it up somewhere else from the internet.  She slready took the car from enterprise.  She has no other cc protection.  She did take the damage waiver.

General Discussion / Looking for best place to sell baseball cards
« on: September 13, 2018, 11:56:42 PM »
I have a shoebox full of baseball cards from the 1950ís to 70ís.  No idea of their value but I would like to sell them. What is the best way to sell them and does anyone have a recommendation on an auction house or other ways to sell them for a reasonable price, I dont want to get ripped off by an unscrupulous dealer.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Deals/Deal Requests / Deals on 220 volt items
« on: July 29, 2018, 03:09:14 AM »
Since there are many DD readers in Israel it would be beneficial to have a place where people can list deals on electronics that are 220v or other items that can be  bought or used here.  Any thoughts?

I am looking for a review of the Mano cruises out of Haifa from anyone who has recently been on one of their cruises.  They list rooms as standard, standard plus, premium, and premium plus if anyone knows the difference.  Can anyone recommend any of their shore excursions?  Are drinks included?  What do they nickel and dime you for?

Trip Reports / Kabrams1618's Helsinki TR
« on: July 05, 2018, 01:08:24 AM »
We just came back from a nice three day trip to Helsinki.  Before going we  checked throughout the  DDF site and there was little to no information on this city.  Since there is information on just about any tourist place known to man on the site, we were a little worried what was wrong  with Helsinki.  Well we had a great time there and I will write a TR as soon as I get some sleep.
Why the lack of information? 

General Discussion / Kosher food on pullmantur cruises
« on: May 31, 2018, 11:40:36 PM »
Have anyone been on a pullmantur cruise in Europe.  Their website states kosher food is available with six weeks notice.  Any reviews or feedback?

We really enjoyed a carribbean cruise out of Miami.  Since we are living in Israel we dont want to make the flight to go again but looking for a similar cruise experience closer to home, possibly in Europe.  Not interested in a mano cruise.  Maybe Norweigian.  Looking for anything close to inexpensive carribbean cruise that has beach/ island experiences for the kids and kosher food (not a kosher cruise).  Any suggestions?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Wedding halls in Israel
« on: December 14, 2017, 09:32:12 PM »
Looking for a nice, not expensive wedding hall between Bet Shemesh and Jerusalem.  Hall must use 100%  Jewish workers.  Some family is Hareidi.  If anyone has had positive personal experience I would appreciate information including a basic idea of cost per person.

General Discussion / Purchasing duty free with a stop over
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:12:12 PM »
If one is traveling from tel aviv to philly with a stopover in Germany, can they purchase a bottle of wine in tel aviv duty free and take it through the German airport stopover?  As a follow up, can you buy a bottle on wine, non duty free in Israel and take it through the German airport on the way to the us.

Just Shmooze / How to make your knitted kippa round again
« on: October 30, 2017, 02:56:39 AM »
Okay, I bought a new knitted kippa that was round enough to fit on my head nicely.  Several months later the kippa is now totally flat.  How do I get the kippa back to the original round shape and keep this shape?

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