Originally Posted by gilamama
Curious, welsome. would you mind telling us abt yourself and we could help you know how you might fit in in different places around Israel. What is your religion? Do you or your Dh know any Hebrew? Have you been here before or lived anywhere else over seas? Will one of you be commuting to a job in Jerusalem, Tel aviv, Modiin?
We're looking to explore Israel at a deeper level than a tourist trip, though we'll want to see all the tourist sites. We are at the reform end of practice but Shabbat observant, and familiar with Orthodox practices due to a long friendship with a Hasidic family in the US. They are the ones who are encouraging us to stay in Modiin. He's concerned about safety issues as far as petty crime goes, but as I said before, Dh prefers Jerusalem. I'm from NYC and travelled by myself during it's worst crime phase of the 70's and 80's, so I'm not terribly fearful, for better or worse. There is the Adam School there and I'd like to be in walking distance of a Waldorf School IF we can get Dd into one.
Right now I've been corresponding with the Harduf school and one in Modiin, with things going quite slowly and frustratingly. I can't even gotten through to the Adam School...
I am learning tourist Hebrew with an audio program and help from my friend, and Dd is learning from me and from weekly Hebrew playtime with the Mama of our friends. We can talk about hotels, stores, restaurants and bathrooms. She is at the age where she can really benefit from being around other children to learn Hebrew better. She's very friendly and eager to speak Hebrew more. Dh will probably be telecommunting for the time we are traveling, or doing some research which he can accomodate to wherever we turn out to be.