Confessions of a Jewish Bride

 

Joy of Aliyah – The Israel Lift Teaser

 

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Mazel Tov! Our lift has arrived. Hubby and I had a bet going… how much of our furniture would end up on the curb in Israel due to lack of space. Well I will have you know we both lost! So far we have found a home, albeit a cozy home, for just about everything save for one dresser. It’s still moving around looking for a permanent spot.

There were something like 400+ items that were unloaded from our 40ft lift, in the span of about 4 1/2 hours. You gotta check out the video to see how one of the movers balances a box on his neck – he apparently has been doing this a looong time my friends.


 

Joy of Aliyah – Welcome to Israel Episode

 

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This episode takes a look at our first 2 weeks in Israel.  We leave the airport, fried and crying (well at least me and my two youngest kiddies were cranky) and fall asleep on the 45 minute cab ride to our new home, Ramat Beit Shemesh.  As we pull up to our house for the first time I notice the beautiful tree lined street and the u-shaped complex of cottages around a parking lot-courtyard that will be my new address.

My sister-in law Devorah and her husband Rabbi Maslin and 6 kids are there to greet us (my other brother-in-law Greg and sister-in-law Chanie and their 6 gorgeous kids met us at the airport!).  Devorah was so considerate and set up a table with bagels (where’s the pita?!), cream cheese and fresh cut up veggies.  We all downed it, again while I was crying.  I was just so emotional, and overall completely drained.


 

Todah Rabah – Thank You To Everyone

 

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I am so sorry I have not been able to respond to all the beautiful blog comments, Facebook messages, tweets and emails.  Please let this post serve as a thank you from the deepest recces of my heart.

Thank you all for sharing this experience with us and more importantly for the incredible love and support you have shown us.  It’s been amazing  to meet so many of you (you know who you are) around the country — at Malcha Mall, at Holy Bagel, at the Gas Station outside of Beit Shemesh, on the street corner in Ramat Shiloh and a shout out to the people that came up to Hubby in the supermarket yesterday (HI YAEL!).  Hubby called me and said today only 1 person recognized him, lol — he really is so shy and does the videos for me, for shalom bayis (read: happy wife, happy life :-) .  I thank you all for letting us know you are watching and that you love it.  We love you!


 

Joy of Aliyah – Last 24 Hrs/The Flight...

 

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I was going to start by saying I have no words to describe this experience. But that’s no true… I have tons of words. Inspiring, emotional, awesome, heart-wrenching, exciting, overwhelming, tiring, stressful, scary, incredible. I could go on and on listing the words and emotions we are now going through as a family – but to write an eloquent post on exactly what we are experiencing, in coherent sentences, is beyond me right now.

The last week and a half has felt like one long day with lots of little naps. It’s so wonderful that with the help of Nefesh B’Nefesh we now have this webisode to share with you. I don’t have to worry about writing, I can just show you. Watch our last 24 hours, the Aliyah flight and our arrival along with 351 new olim in Israel, now.


 

Joy of Aliyah – The Goodbye BBQ

 

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There are so many people to see and there is so little time.  So together with Nefesh B’Nefesh we hosted a Goodbye “Catch the Wave” BBQ to gather all our loved ones together in one place on one day.   Of course it was great to see family who traveled from far and dear friends from the neighborhood and even kosher blogger buddies and personalities came out to say farewell.  I was so touched and  in typical Jamie fashion I almost cried when I spoke.  Not sure exactly what I managed to say but the message was and remains “look at us, if we can do this you can too!”


 

Joy of Aliyah – The US Lift Episode

 

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“THE LIFT” is the most anticipated event for anyone making aliyah. Your whole life is packed into a forty foot container (or crammed into a 20 footer).  About  four weeks before the big day a truck pulls up to your door, some guys jump out and proceed to package and cart away everyone of your earthly possessions, or at least the ones you want to take with you.

If you forget to put it on the lift, you’ll have to squeeze it into the two bags and one carry-on per passenger that you’re allotted on the plane. So whatever you erroneously left off, it better be small.


 

Joy of Aliyah – The US Lift Teaser

 

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A 40 foot container arrived at our house Monday July 16th, just 4 weeks before our flight is scheduled to depart from JFK.  Nothing could have prepared me for this day, for how large this 40 foot thing actually was or how long and intense the packing process would be.  We started around 6am and the lift pulled out of our driveway at 1am.  See the lift-container-thingy here, to quote my girls “IT’S SO BIG!”.  Watch what it takes to pack up your life next week July 25th 7pm EST.  Thanks for following and sharing our journey.


 

Joy of Aliyah – The Announcement Episode

 

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Join me on my newest and greatest adventure, as me and my family pack our bags, say farewell to family and friends and make aliyah to Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh. So how do you move five small children, three floors of furniture, and a lifetime of memories? Find out every week in the Joy of Aliyah. Through five inspiring short-form webisodes, you will pack the lift, get a taste of my goodbye barbecue, board the El Al flight from JFK and experience the emotional landing in Tel Aviv, follow me through the first frantic 48 hours in my new home and join the celebration of my family’s first Jewish New Year in the Promised Land. Don’t miss a moment of my big move from Monsey to Ramat Beit Shemesh, and find out what it really means to move to Israel.

Here is the premiere of Joy of Aliyah:


 

The Making of a Cookbook #5 – BTS at the...

 

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I am now taking you behind the scenes of the photo shoot for my new book, Joy of Kosher published by William Morrow/Harper Collins, due out Fall 2013. Get excited! Get very!!! excited!

I am working again with the amazing husband wife team , Andrew and Carrie Purcell. He is the photographer and she is the food stylist. I’ve been working with them almost exclusively for the last few years across the site, the mag and this here book.


 

Joy of Aliyah: The Announcement Teaser

 

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We will be producing a real time (or as close to real time as possible) aliyah documentary, called Joy of Aliyah!

Starting this Tuesday, and then almost every Wednesday between now and Rosh Hashanah, we will be releasing a clip or episode of our journey, an online aliyah diary.


 

Jamie Geller To Make Aliyah – Follow Jamie...

 

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Tonight at the Nefesh B’Nefesh Tweetup (#nbntweetup) at the JNF house in Manhattan, I announced the incredible news that we are making aliyah this summer.  Here is essentially what I said.

“I, Jamie Geller, my husband and our children will be realizing a lifelong dream of ours, our parents, our grandparents and the Jewish people for the past 2,000 years.  We will be making aliyah this summer with Nefesh B’Nefesh on the August 13th 2012 Charter Flight.


 

The Making of a Cookbook #3

 

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Editing, Editing and More Editing.

The most unglamorous and laborious part to writing a cookbook is the editing, specifically the recipe editing. There are so many styles to recipe writing, think about it like decorating, and no way is better than the other but each publishing house, or publication, or website (I am sure you are getting the point) has a style sheet. Now, much like morning sickness, which is not confined to the the AM hours, a style sheet is not really a single piece of paper but something closer in size to a small book. It details all the “house rules” for writing. And goes through the painful process of listing the mundane to obscure.


 

The Making of a Cookbook Part #2

 

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When writing a cookbook, there are lots and lots of moving parts.  Especially when writing one with a lot of narrative.  When I write a book it’s not just about recipes for me.  I write about everything. My books are part memoir, part autobiography, part diary – entirely about my life.


 

The Making of A Cookbook Part #1

 

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The rumors are true. I am working on my 3rd book, thank G-d.

I have done many things in my life both personally and professionally. But writing a cookbook is one of the single most difficult of them all.


 

My Most Memorable Purim

 

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My most memorable Purim is a scary scene.  Me with about 60 quarts of soup and 24 pounds of challah dough, crying like a baby at 2AM.
Let me explain.

When we moved to Monsey 5 years ago I really wanted to make a splash that first Purim.  The community had been so warm and welcoming and I really wanted to show my appreciation, by making all 60 families (or most of them) mishloach manos.  Since I didn’t grow up in a family that made mishloach manos, or much of anything in the kitchen, when I first got married I frantically attempted to pull something together, at the last minute, only after my husband reminded me Purim was tomorrow.  So I borrowed a page from my friend Anita’s book and bought every purple food I could find left on the supermarket shelf through it all in a bag and attached a card wishing everyone a “Grape Purim.”  Boy was I ever proud of myself.  No really, I was proud.