with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Questions About Living in Israel

We spent five years living in Israel – yes, during the recent Intifada and terrorism – and loved it and hated it almost equally. We get a lot of questions about our life in Israel, especially about living with terrorism. We do our best to answer them here, and if you have more questions about our life in Israel, please post them in the comment section below and we’ll do our best to answer them.

What is it like living in Israel?

We’ve been living in Israel since 1999, a year before the current Intifada (war) started. We’re sure you have a lot of questions to ask us about life in Israel, in addition to what it is like living under the constant threat of terrorism. We cover some of this in our Telling Zone, sharing stories about life in Israel, but we also answer a few of your questions here.

Why did you move to Israel?

Brent had been working in North Carolina on a project to convert passenger airplanes into cargo planes and he got a job offer to do the same thing on the same project in Israel. Since we had been restocking our financial cupboards in North Carolina, and were almost ready to hit the road again, we gave it serious consideration. After all, why not take our life on the road overseas?

It meant leaving the trailer behind in storage. It meant being even further away from family. It meant a strange place, a strange language, and a further test of our skills as travelers. Six weeks after the job proposal we were on a plane to Tel Aviv. Wouldn’t you jump at such a chance?

Are you moving there to live forever?

No, we are not moving to Israel to live. We have been here a few years and have a few more to go before our contract is up. We have made a little nest here and it is a great place from which to travel and explore other parts of the world.

Aren’t you afraid to live in Israel?

We are asked this question all the time. The answer is complicated. Yes, there are many times when we are afraid to be here. Many US citizens and others moved out of Israel fairly soon after it was clear that the current Intifada wasn’t going to be Lorelle's Dad visited us and we had fun dressing him up as Arafat, a common practice by shopkeepers all over Israel. Photo by Lorelle VanFosssena couple week event. We stayed. Many people thanked us for staying and made us feel brave to "stand by their side". We aren’t standing by anyone’s side. We just don’t see a reason to leave yet. Maybe we are fools. We don’t go out to public places that attract a lot of people and terrorists. I’m allergic to cigarette smoke and am seriously restricted from restaurants and cafes and even shopping malls where the smoke level is terrible.

We were very afraid at first, making many plans about what we would do if…but so far, we haven’t tested any of our plans. We got past much of our fear early on in the Intifada. Then we got angry. Angry at those who think that violence is an answer. And angry at those who think that Israel shouldn’t defend itself. I recently read an essay by Dennis Miller, an American comedian, talking about the Middle East conflict. He explained that each terrorist event in Israel is the equivalent of an Oklahoma City Bombing in the US. If there was an Oklahoma City Bombing every other day, the citizens of the United States would have SOMETHING TO SAY to their government about putting an end to this. American citizens wouldn’t argue about the tactics the government took in response.

Brent and I both feel that whatever it takes to put an end to the violence, Israel has a right to try. And are we afraid? Sure, but mostly angry at the lack of support from the international community to stand by Bush’s statement that "If you harbor terrorists, you are terrorists. If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist. If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you’re a terrorist, and you will be held accountable by the United States and our friends." (November 23, 2001) We might consider the Palestinian Authority and its militant groups "freedom fighters" if they were targeting the government and military of Israel. The killing of innocent civilians in bars, night clubs, discos, restaurants, and at weddings and holiday dinners is, by any definition, terrorism.

How do you avoid the terrorism?

Can you? Can you protect yourself from terrorism? Part of the definition of terrorism is that it is random, usually directed towards civilians, and intended to use violence to attract attention to a cause. Therefore, terrorist pick We keep safe by exploring away from the populated areas, like up in the Galilee where these ancient farmlands are found. Photo by Brent VanFossenspots where they can do the most murder and mayhem to attract the media to the scene. Randomness we can’t do anything about. You have a greater chance being in a car accident than being a victim of terror in Israel. Since we know that terrorism is directed towards USA, the civilians, and that terrorisms love a big party, we avoid public gathering places.

Terrorists also like buses, bus stops, and other places where people tend to group. When possible, we avoid those, or ride buses during off-times.

Living with a daily dosage of terrorism, your thoughts and feelings change. Fear turns to anger which turns to action. We are living like the Israelis and refusing to allow terrorist to change our lifestyle. We do go out, as limited as it is due to the smoking, and we attend movies, concerts, plays, and public events. Our lifestyle here hasn’t changed. We are still doing the things we want to do. What has changed is that we know at any time the randomness factor can get us. So we make sure we make the most of our love and passion for each other. We don’t know when the end will come for either of us, so we live for the now.

Can you go places and do normal things?

We go and do whatever we want to do, just like regular folks. If there is a concert, a play, a movie, whatever it is, we will go if the muse takes us there. We don’t let terrorism rule our life in that way. But it does in other Lorelle poses with a friend at a Purim festival partyways. When there has been a recent bombing, we tend to avoid that area. This is mostly because so many people go to "lookie-loo", but also because the terrorist have struck the same place twice just to show they can. We also stay out of Jerusalem when the security warnings are high as Jerusalem, outside of the Old City, tends to be a target in the areas we like to visit. Many of our friends, natives and temporary residents, completely avoid Jerusalem out of fear. Just like with anything else, you get used to it and keep on living your life. After all, you only have one life.

Do you speak Hebrew?

What is Hebrew like?
Hebrew is one of the oldest written languages in the world. Considered a dead language for centuries, it was kept alive by the religious. When the debate over which language to have be the official language was held, there was much said to favor English. In the end, the determination to revive their ancient mother tongue was too great and Hebrew was rescued from the dusty archives and brought into modern use. A lot of change had to happen and modern terminology had to be invented, based on ancient words, but the founders of the new country were up to the task.

Hebrew letter samples of Lorelle VanFossenHebrew is written from right to left. The graphic shown below is "Lorelle VanFossen" in Hebrew. The top is the proper typed letters. The lower version is the handwritten version. The handwritten letters are similar to some of the typed letters, but not all. Then again, English handwriting is also very different from the printed letters.

Both Brent and I attended Hebrew language school. He is naturally brilliant and took to it like a duck to water, Lorelle's second Hebrew class photostudying passionately even before we arrived in the country. I, meanwhile, was busy moving us to Israel and setting up a life for us here, distracted by the day-to-day care and maintenance we need to survive. So my Hebrew is at what I call the "shopping level". I can ask for what I want, point to what I don’t know the name of, and pretty much get around.

Brent has become fluent in Hebrew, completing the full course at the school. He spends most of his day speaking Hebrew at work so that gives him the constant practise he needed to quickly embrace the new language. Let’s not forget that Brent is brilliant anyway. His ability to learn and grasp complex subject matter is breathtaking. Within a very short time he was speaking full sentences which quickly moved to complex ideas. He still has trouble with television and radio broadcasts, since they speak fast and in a “high level” of Hebrew, a difference similar to American English verses British English. But this hasn’t slowed him down. When we are at dinners or social events, he often translates for the non-English speakers. If this doesn’t impress you enough, Brent has read three of the Harry Potter books and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in Hebrew. What a guy!

What is a day in your life like living in Israel?

Pretty much like yours, but with a few difference. Brent and I wake up and are out of bed by 5:30 in the morning. He heads out to catch the bus to work and I exercise or get right to work on the airplanes. As the lead engineer, he often works long hours, often working until 7PM (depending on overtime schedules). He gets a huge meal for lunch at the company cafeteria as part of his salary. I work until 1PM and have lunch at home or with a friend. I teach English several times a week in the afternoon for 3 different students. I take Tai Chi classes once a week, and have started studying the Alexander Technique and Pilates (related strengthening techniques).

Evenings will find us eating a very light dinner and either working at home, teaching classes or workshops, or visiting with friends. Usually we are working at home since our real work (photography and writing) doesn’t get any attention until we are together.

Shopping for food and other things in Israel means taking time during the week rather than battling the crowd closer to the weekend, so some mornings will find me out doing the household errands like runs to the post office, grocery store, pharmacy, etc. In the winter, I am out and about exploring Israel and photographing the markets and tourist sights. In the summer, I am glued to the computer writing and working, avoiding the heat. That’s when these web pages get updated and dozens of articles flood from my writer’s soul into the computer. Winter weekends find both of us in the car, camping and exploring Israel.

So life in Israel isn’t much different from anywhere else. What is different are the details in how things are purchased and done. You can learn more about this in our journals. In general, to find any one thing you have to go all over the place to find it as there are few department-like stores. And you go on foot rather than by car. Driving and parking in the cities of Israel is a nightmare. But when you do find it, and it is heavy, you can get it delivered for free or little charge to your doorstep. This is living!

What is the food like?

If you come to Israel, expect to gain weight. Israel, especially Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, hosts many, many ethnic representatives in the finest of restaurants. If you want it, you can find it here and it will be awesome. They have some of the best chefs here, too. Rarely have we encountered bad food anywhere in Israel. While the restaurants are not your clean and shiny style as in the US and many parts of Europe, they provide excellent food. Sometimes the service is as good as the food, sometimes the food is better. Either way, you will have a happy tummy. NOTE: The tip or service fee is often figured into the bill. Check the menu and ask your server if the tip is included or not. Brent and I usually tip whether it is or isn’t if the service is good.

Chocolate by Elite brand is an excellent gift to take home to the family and friends. Photo by Lorelle VanFossenMost restaurants are certified "kasher" (kosher), which means they will not serve meals which combine dairy and meat. This means you get pizza with lots of cheese and vegetables but no sausage, pepperoni, or bacon. Or you can get all kinds of vegetable or cheese stuffed ravioli but not meat stuffed as they use a cheese cream sauce. Not all restaurants are strict kosher, but some are. Check ahead if this is an issue for you, one way or another.

Most typical foods here are actually Arab in their base, which is appropriate as Israelites came from Arab lands historically. You will find falafels, pitas, schwarmah, humous, and other Arab traditional foods. Combined with this you will find chicken schnitzel, borekas, and other Eastern European and Russian goodies. Israelis love salads, which consist of finely chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and onions, as well as salads of pickled cabbage, sauted eggplant and chopped olives. They also love anything with bread wrapped around it. It is a wonder how most Israelis stay so skinny. Must be all the walking.

What are the people like?

Not long after our arrival, we met some wonderful friends. One woman told me that after having lived all over the world, she knew one serious truth about Israelis. "Once you have an Israeli friend, you have a friend for life." She is so right. Israelis are the friendliest people we’ve ever met. They are absolutely fascinated by you and want to know everything. They can chat and socialize for HOURS and never be bored. If you need anything, they are quick to jump in and help, ignoring the disruption to their life. You become the most important person in the room when they are talking or listening to you. They really care about each other. It is an amazing experience to have Israeli friends.

On the other hand, as a group, Israelis tend to be pushy, shovey, aggressive, and frustrating. When you are out with strangers shopping or in groups, they act like you’re nothing on the scoreboard of their lives and you’re in their way. Yelling, pushing, crowding, snide remarks, all are part of the stereotypical "sabra" personality. A sabra is the fruit of the prickly pear cactus found growing everywhere in Israel. While it is prickly and tough on the outside, cut inside and you will find the most wonderful sweet meat. Get to know an Israeli and you will find great joy. Visit the country without a personal touch and you may leave feeling overwhelmed and victimized by a culture very difficult to understand. But do take time to get to personally know some Israelis. Your life will be better for it.

12 Comments

  • Monique
    Posted April 4, 2005 at 10:26 | Permalink

    Having lived in Israel for 4 and a half years, I found that you can actually get restaraunts that are unkosher and serve very meaty products. :) Israel is a great place to live in. I personally enjoyed it and the schools there are great.

  • Posted April 4, 2005 at 21:13 | Permalink

    You’re right, but
    1) you have to find the restaurants since they really can’t advertise their non-kosherness, and
    2) they are smoke-filled.

    The first couple of years in Israel we heard about the fabulous chefs and incredible food, but we couldn’t go because of the smoke. When the anti-smoking bans were passed, we were thrilled to be able to actually eat out without suffering (I’m terribly allergic to cigarettes), but unfortunately, many of those fabulous restaurants had closed. Walking around downtown Tel Aviv for five years, it was so sad to watch place after place shutting down for lack of business and the high costs associated with security. Heart-breaking.

    But some of the best food in the world can still be had all over Israel. We’ve only been gone for a few months now and we miss the food terribly. What I miss more than the restaurants, that I couldn’t go to anyway for the most part (though Spaghetim is smoke-free and wonderful!), is the fruits and vegetables. Oh, the best cherry tomatoes and cucumbers in the world – mangos, bananas…you name it, incredible.

  • C.B.
    Posted April 16, 2005 at 12:43 | Permalink

    Israelites did not come from Arab lands historically. They came from Ur, unless you were thinking of Egypt, which was also not Arab at the time. Arabic and Arab identity did not start spreading across the Middle East and the Maghreb until after Islam, which was thousands of years after Abraham had first come to Israel.
    Also, bourekas (or borekas as you spelled it) are not Eastern European or Russian goodies as you categorized them to be. They were brought by Turkish (Sephardic) Jews.

  • Posted April 19, 2005 at 15:30 | Permalink

    There is a huge debate over what is “Arab” and what is not. If you spent any time in Turkey, you would find these folks honestly believing that Arabs are someone else, though much of the rest of the world puts them in the “Arab” category. Since Arab doesn’t have a clean cut category, but is a generic reference, I tend to use it as a generic reference as well.

    In that usage, Israelites came from “Arab” areas, of which Ur, later known as Mesopotamia, was and is still considered “Arab” or at least Middle East. Since we all crawled out of some soup somewhere, all these labels are amazingly diverse, and within another 1000-5000 years, who will even remember what an Arab was…except for the Jews who have amazingly long memories. ;-) I still haven’t lost the Israeli concept of poking fun at themselves.

    But your point is also true. I found a neat informational site that has maps and more on the area of Ur at Crystal Links Mesopotamia that should help people learn more about the area.

    As for bourekas or borekas, or, as I more commonly found their spelling scrambled as borekahs, it is amazing how different groups claim certain foods to be their own. In my post I was just adding up all the different types of food, not really meaning that borekahs were from any place in particular. Still, the “ownership” of food fascinates me. Italian food, especially pizza, in the United States hardly resembles anything I’ve ever eatten in Italy.

    For a couple years before the Intifada got very serious, there were wonderful commercials, more public service announcements, on Israeli televisions that showed an Arab child and a Jewish child (kippa and white shirt and dark pants), meeting each other. The Jewish child had a pita stuffed with falafals and the Arab child said, “Hey, you’re eating a pita! We eat pitas!” And the Jewish child said, “What do you put in yours?” “Falafals.” “Wow, so do we! We eat the same food.” The premise of these commercials was to find commonality between the two groups rather than differences, and they were very well done, but I loved the look on the two actors faces as they “discovered” they ate the same food.

    Talk to a few Russians, and they will tell you that they own the market on bourekas – and claim they are just another version of pirosky, and I’ve probably spelled that wrong, too. Either way, some of the best food I’ve ever had was found in Isarel…boy, I miss the cherry tomatoes and incredible cucumbers….

  • Sarah
    Posted June 15, 2006 at 12:39 | Permalink

    Hi, my Husband and I are planning on visiting Israel with the intention to travel as well as find some short term work.

    That is how we came across your site as it has all sorts of handy information.

    I don’t know if you will be able to answer these two questions I have, but I can’t find much information elsewhere, so I thought it was worth a shot asking.

    Question 1: We are Australian, is it easy for foreigners to find work, even just simple work like in restaurants/cafes, retail or hotels? We are planning to learn some basic Hebrew before we arrive, although we have been told that almost everyone speaks English as a second language.

    Question 2: Do you know what the average wage rates may be? Even just a rough guess would be really appreciated.

    Thanks for your time, hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    Sarah

  • Posted June 15, 2006 at 15:45 | Permalink

    Thanks for asking, Sarah.

    Unless you apply in advance, and are willing to work with a bureaucracy system that can break even the strongest soul, do not plan on working in Israel. I cannot emphasize this enough.

    Sure, you might be able to arrive and find some short term work, but do not count on it. The economy of Israel is tatters, and the non-citizen jobs are threatened seriously by a government crack down on illegal and legal aliens. This crack down is aimed at the “low” jobs, but my husband, a freelance, very specialized contract engineer, got caught in the mess and we had to leave. It’s a terrible environment for non-resident workers right now. That is unless you get all the permits (can take years and a lot of bribes) and are willing to work in the nursing caretaker (cleaning up old people) industry.

    In the past 5 years, something like 50% of all restaurants and entertainment facilities in Tel Aviv, as well as the rest of the country, are gone. Quit. No business. I have some friends who own restaurants and they closed some of them and only keep the most “legendary” places open, at a loss most of the year. Tourism is down extremely and not expected to regain any points in the next 3-5 years.

    Do not believe them when they say that almost everyone speaks English. Bull. They speak Russian as a first language. In the work environment that you are talking about you will hear and need to speak Arabic, Russian, and Hebrew. In that order. No English. Zip.

    Average wages? Let’s see, dirt, dirt, and more dirt. And you pay 30-50% of your income in employment tax to the government. The sales tax is about 17% on everything you buy, including food, and everything costs 2-5 times what you are used to paying, even on bread and water. I wish I was kidding.

    Israel is a great place to explore, learn, and visit. It is very tough to live there, even for a short time. I know I sound horrible, but this is the truth. If you are immigrating, aiming to become a citizen, then they will roll out a pink carpet for you and help with costs, housing, education, and many services. This is where a good portion of the 17% sales tax and 50% income tax goes. But for the short term worker, it’s a nightmare of paperwork, risks of being kicked out of the county with or without a reason and with little or no warning, and…I don’t want to tell about all the horror stories, but there are plenty.

    There are ways, but are you willing to push against a brick wall? Enjoy your visit, but don’t expect to pay for a ticket out of the country. You can do that elsewhere in the world, but it is really tough right now in Israel. Six years ago, this wouldn’t not be an issue. Now, issue.

    Let me know what you decide.

  • Sarah
    Posted June 17, 2006 at 10:42 | Permalink

    Thanks for your response.
    Very interesting. Definately gives us something to think about. Your experiences are very different to what I have heard.

    Is there much call for people to teach English? Is this a risky job (e.g. terrorism)?

    Again, thank you for your quick response.

  • Posted June 17, 2006 at 20:01 | Permalink

    You are welcome. Is it risky? It’s risky to be anywhere in the world today. It’s a matter of perspective. I have no problem going to Israel now because I know how to live with terrorism. I don’t think you do. Not because you can’t learn, but you have to learn in order to deal with the mental stress every day not knowing when, where, how, or what may blow up in your face. It is not for everyone. We saw a lot of people break under the stress. Everything goes great for days, weeks, even months, and then bombs get dropped out of the sky from the north or southwest and people are hurt or die. Or a bus blows up. Or the corner cafe you liked to stop for coffee blows up taking 1/4 the city block with it. But you can learn how to live with it, as we did.

    As for a job teaching English, there are tons of English teachers and not enough students. Everyone wants to learn, and if you live there long enough (3-9 months) you will find students just by getting known. You end up usually teaching Russians or Asians who want to immigrate or migrate for work to Canada or the United States.

    It is a requirement before you graduate from High School to have proficiency in English. They have special tutors and programs with trained professionals teaching. To be associated with a school, you have to have the credentials. To teach someone privately “off the street” you can get away with more, but it usually doesn’t last and they can’t afford to pay you much. Many trade house cleaning or laundry or some service in exchange for English tutoring.

    I don’t know when the people you’ve been talking to have been in Israel. I just left. I spent 5 years during some of the worst of times. And Israel is due for more bad times soon. The enemy is just restocking their “supplies”.

    It used to be better for foreigners, but Netanyahu did a lot of damage recently, and the country has not recovered well.

    I recommend you estimate what you need in order to survive. You can live in a medium crummy hotel for about $50 a night for a few days or more to get your feet wet. You can also sleep on the beach, though I heard they were putting a stop to that.

    Go through a price list of the barest food and supplies you need for living, and multiply it by 3. Then add 17% tax. Spread that across the days.

    A can of pop is about 20 shekels, which is the equivalent of $4.50AUS, give or take. Figure on AUS$5. A bottle of water, about a 1/2 liter, is about half that if you can get it at a discount grocery, but 15-20 Shekels elsewhere on the street. There are about 4 Shekels to the AUS dollar. Same with the US dollar, though lately closer to US$4.25.

    A coffee and croissant will cost you easily 20 to 30 Shekels, though you can find cheaper in some areas, and more expensive in others.

    Most people arrive with money and then watch it ebb away until they get a handle on the system. It took us 3 years to get a handle on things. ;-) It wasn’t until I had a friend take me under her wing that I found the “cheap” places.

    I’m not saying don’t go. I’m saying be wise before you go. Plan on having at least $1000 a month to live like dirt in dirt, but $1500 – $2000 for a mildly less dirt lifestyle. I don’t even want to tell you how much it cost for our minimalistic lifestyle to live.

    I hope I’m helping and not making things worse. I don’t deal with illusions or niceties. If you know the facts, anything better will be butter, and anything worse will be expected. ;-) It’s a tough place to live, even for a few months.

    Oh, you can’t stay there longer than 3 months. You are required to leave the country for 24 hours or more and return, if they let you return, which they are known to not lately. We have work permits and all kinds of paperwork, and an apartment and home there. But in the last two years, we went through a torture chamber sometimes when we came back into the country. Sometimes it was a breeze, but most of the time it was HOURS and HOURS.

  • jasmin
    Posted April 18, 2007 at 4:01 | Permalink

    My Israeli husband is determined to return to Israel after a ten-year absence, leaving Southern California with me (a Chinese-American immigrant/citizen) and two new daughters. We have visited Israel together a few times. I’ve never understood the passion and love he feels for his homeland, his intense longing to return “home.” I have immense trepidation about the move: the quality of living and lifestyle as compared to here in SoCal. You’ve mentioned about the costs being significantly higher, the 30-50% employment tax, the 17% tax on everything, the economy being in tatters (should be looking up for later 2007; 5-7% growth), etc. What additional insights have you two gained that I should be prepared for? It’s pointless to ask him/hubby because he has impaired vision; beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Israel to him is just about perfect. Is there help to calm my worries? Know any similar couples in Israel? Know any American/Israeli organizations/associations that my help?
    Much obliged.

  • Posted April 18, 2007 at 13:51 | Permalink

    Israel sucks. Israel is fabulous. That dichotomy makes it difficult to wrap it up in a bundle.

    I don’t know how old your daughters are, but there is a freedom they and you will experience in Israel that they will not know anywhere else. Freedom to walk the streets no matter the time of day or night in safety. Friendships and relationships that build a bond closer than anything they have ever known. As horrible as the politics and ‘situation’ is in Israel, it’s a fabulous place to raise children. At least as long as you realize that at 18, they are required to join the army. That faces you if you make Aliya (immigrate). That’s something to consider and ask your husband about.

    It is very expensive to live in Israel, comparatively, and you will not easily find the things you are used to finding and having easy access to in Israel, though things improved greatly during our five year stay.

    The quality of living will be different. It has to be. I don’t know where in Israel you are heading for and each place is different. You will learn to live with less, a good thing, and learn that life is lived best with relationships and a close network of friends rather than shopping and buying stuff. In fact, “stuff” and shopping, other than for teenagers, as a sport is frowned upon. It’s not about the stuff but the people.

    The economy is growing in Israel and much improved, though it is still tough. There are not many Americans living in Israel any more, though there are some. The high concentration of Brits and other English speakers has shrunk down, but it’s there.

    ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, is fabulous and offers many programs and social events to help you integrate into the area.

    For an Israeli, they have a connection to the land and the people that is very unique. Imagine centuries of persecution which followed the Jews around the world. While it might not mean much to you, he grew up with stories and it’s ingrained within his DNA that he is not wanted outside of his own people. This is not true, but it’s a foremost belief. I heard it many, many times while I lived there.

    As a multi-cultural/racial background yourself, you know that it makes you “different” and sometimes it’s hard to “fit in”. Being a Jew makes you “different”, so image living in a place where everyone is just like you. Your history is shared. You understand each other on a deeper level because you have all been there.

    This is what drives him. Not the pretty country nor the freedom to speak his native language. It is the mythology and illusion that “home is safe”.

    I recommend that you compromise with him on a deadline to debate the issue of continuing to live there. Give it one year or two and at the end of the time period, re-evaluate.

    If you can’t negotiate that with him, you will be mowed down by the Israelis. They are a gregarious, loud, and, to Americans, obnoxious people who push and shove and argue all the time. Once you get past that, you will find the most warm and compassionate folks on the planet.

    And if you know Russian, Filipino, or other Asian languages, you will find plenty of people to talk to beyond English. Better start learning your Hebrew, though. Not everyone speaks English, unlike you are probably told.

    I hope this helps.

  • Ninette
    Posted October 15, 2007 at 21:05 | Permalink

    Middle Schools and High Schools? Any information about this subject? I have a 14 year old daughter who will be attending a middle school in Tel Aviv. Any information will be helpful. Thanks.

  • Posted October 18, 2007 at 23:16 | Permalink

    I know nothing of schools in Israel, nor anywhere else, except for the ones I personally attended, and they were not in Israel.

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