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“You can’t dance at two weddings with one behind” says an old Yiddish proverb, which is used in a slightly different way in Hebrew nowadays as “You can’t dance at two weddings in the same time”.

Last year, my grandmother celebrated her 90th birthday and we went to Germany for the celebration which happened to be exactly during Purim. My son was learning all about Purim, the Megillah, costumes and more at his Gan, but unfortunately we had to take off just before the holiday. While staying in Germany he continually asked if there will be Purim once we get back and if he can dress up as a firefighter this year. With a heavy heart I had to explain him that the Purim party at the kindergarten won’t wait till we return and that he will have to wait until next year.

He couldn’t dance at two parties in the same time.

A year has passed, and it’s almost Purim. This year he can finally dress up as firefighter Sam, 3 times at least, with all the parties we have been invited (so far).

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Not only for kids. You all may know about reading the Megillah, making noise and eating Hamentaschen, but there is one Purim custom for adults you may not know about – GETTING WASTED!

Ad-lo-yada – “until he doesn’t know”

The Aramic word explains how drunk Jews are obligated to get: so drunk that they can’t tell the difference between Haman the cursed and Mordecai the blessed.

Adloyada became the official name for the annual Purim parades in different cities in Israel. Costume parties throughout the country happening at the same time.

Here are some pictures from 1934 and 1959 I stumbled upon, from “Adloyadas” in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv.

Jewish holiday, Purim parade, Adloyada

Purim parades, Adloyada, in 1934 and 1959 – www.nostal.co.il

If you scroll down you can also watch a video from Purim in Tel-Aviv, 1934.

Wishing you all a joyful and happy Purim, if you need some last minute Mishloach Manot tags download them here for free.

25% off entire shop

And last but not least, “ad-lo-yada”, is also our discount code to receive 25% off our entire shop at www.thesabrapatch.com. (NO, WE ARE NOT DRUNK YET).

25% off entire shop, Isralove, Jewish gifts

What I love about social media is that you get to know people from all over the world. I “met” Yael from the Jewish Latin Princess on Instagram a few months ago. I am in Israel, she in Texas… but it’s 2016, well almost 2017, and collaborating with other talented, creative people around the world, who share the same passion for modern Jewish gifts, is made easy thanks to Mark Zuckerberg and others.

Yael is hosting a special Chanukah giveaway where you can win our personalized Hebrew mug! Head over to enter –  there are still 24 hours left!

printable hanukkah cards, Chanukah craft, greeting card and more. DIY

Everyone wins!

Of course, those of you who don’t win the contest, aren’t left out. There is a special 15% discount on our shop for all JLP readers. You can get the Promo code on Yael’s blog. In addition, download this free printable for Hanukkah which includes gift tags, a greeting card and round Sufganiyot toppers!

Free printable Hanukkah Card, Hanukkah craft. Chanukah Decoration

You can download our free Hanukkah printable, print it at home on cardstock or regular paper, cut them out and attach them to all your Hanukkah gifts this year!
The file includes the following designs:

  1. Free printable Hanukkah cards
  2. Happy Hanukkah gift tags
  3. Sufganiyot toppers, which can decorate your gifts as well – see pictures below
Free printable Hanukkah Card, Hanukkah craft. Chanukah Decoration

The Isralove free printable is the perfect Hanukkah decoration for your home, Jewish preshool, Shul etc. and can be a Hanukkah craft as well.

Even smaller children can add a drawing within the free printable Hanukkah cards, write their name on the back of the gift tags or create a Hanukkah Garland with the circles.

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Free printable Hanukkah Card, Hanukkah craft. Chanukah Decoration

To download the FREE Hanukkah gift tags, toppers and greeting card – please like Isralove on Facebook, Share via Twitter or Google Plus:



Hanukkah seemed so far away, and here it is –  only 3 weeks away! If you are still looking for some gifts for the festival of lights – you might wan’t to check out the Isralove gift guide. And since it is the first day of December, and Israel is finally blessed with some rain – it’s time to update your iphone background to our Jewish calendar for December.

A printable poster or laptop background is available as well:

Jewish Calendar, free download, Chanukah / Kislev - Tevet 5777, including Jewish holidays. Free Download by Isralove, Fextival of lights

Hanukkah gifts for the whole family, including pets!

I can’t believe we are almost there – Hanukkah is next month.
Get in the Hanukkah spirit with this Hanukkah gift guide for your loved ones, Jewish friends or even their pet!

Celebrate this Jewish holiday by giving one of these 9 fun and stylish gifts – all under $40. From ties to cat collars, there’s something for everyone.

Some gifts within the list are shipped from Israel – make sure to place your order in time!

Hanukkah Sweater Tie, Star of David

Hannukah Gift #1 | $36

FOR HIM: I know how hard it can be to holiday shop for men – so let’s start with the first gift: A Hanukkah Sweater Tie with holiday icons.

Hannukah gift guide 2016

Hannukah Gift #2 | $12

KIDS: You can’t go wrong with these fun and festive bow sets for your niece, daughter or Jewish friend’s child.

Jewish gift for cats, Collar star of David

Hannukah Gift #3 | $8.99

CATS: Let’s face it! For most pet owners their dog or cat is an equal family member. Don’t leave them out when crossing people off your Hannukah gift list. Isn’t this Hannukah cat collar adorable?

Hannukah Burlap Banner

Hannukah Gift #4 | $21.99

FOR YOURSELF: Celebrate the 8 festive nights with this custom Hanukkah burlap banner which can be used next year again!

Jewish baby holiday gift

Hannukah Gift #5 | $22.50

THE WHOLE FAMILY: If you need ONE gift for all family members – this is the most personal and special gift including all family members. Personalize each coaster with the Jewish names of your family or Jewish friends. The Set can include 4-8 coasters, including pets – if you like! Personalized Hebrew and English coaster set for the whole family.

Happy Hannukah

Hannukah Gift #6 | $4.50

YOUR HOSTESS: It’s no secret – we at Isralove adore typographic artwork – especially such a beautiful contemporary Jewish design. This Hannukah greeting card is perfect for sending someone a personal ‘Chag Sameach’ note.

Reveal Israel, Card game. Jewish gift

Hannukah Gift #7 | $15.99

THE WHOLE FAMILY (age 3+): Can’t get to Israel but want to share the love with your kids? Explore 73 different locations around Israel via Match, Quiz and SPIN games with 90 double sided play cards.

Hannukah Gift #8 | $25.00

KIDS: Make the whole family get into the Hannukah mood. This Hannukah shirt or onesie makes the perfect holiday outfit!

Hannukah Gift #9 | $35.99

FRIENDS: All of us have this one friend who loves wearing  funny holiday sweaters-  this gift is for him!

Chag Chanukah Sameach!

Happy Hanukkah,

 

Ruth

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As you all know, Isralove started in 2014. The shop opened on Etsy, and the rest is history. When I started to get serious about Instagram early in 2016 I was thrilled to find out about ‘The Sabra Patch‘ – a platform like Etsy BUT handmade gifts, Judaica and more from Israel only!

The Sabra Patch

The Sabra Patch is a home for Israeli artists with stories to tell. They are brands, small businesses and products you’ll want to know about because of what they stand for, and because of the people behind them.

The Sabra Patch is much more than just shopping.  It’s about discovering and connecting to amazing artists, people and products from Israel.  These Israeli artists, are doing what they love and are bringing creativity, peace, and joy into the world for others! All  sellers are based in Israel, like us.

Sacha, from The Sabra Patch interviewed Ruth about the story behind the shop. Read more…

Rosh Hashana is only a few days away, and the past weeks have been super busy for Isralove. We hope all gifts ordered in the shop will make it in time before Rosh Hashana.

If you haven’t wrapped any gifts so far (like me) and need some last minute Jewish holiday cards – we’ve got you covered.

Our Shana Tova card can be downloaded for free, printed on regular cardsrtock or special creme paper at home. Add some personal note and wishes for a Happy and sweet Jewish year of 5777.

Shana Tova u Metuka,

Ruth

To download the FREE Shana Tova Card – please like Isralove on Facebook, Share via Twitter or Google Plus:



Shana Tova card free printable, by Isralove, Free Jewish Holiday Card

Year in Review, look back at the clients who ordered Isralove Jewish gifts from all over the worldAlmost exactly 2 years ago, just before Rosh Hashana, the Isralove Etsy shop was launched with it’s first items and we’d like to take a moment and look back at these 2 years.
Without further ado, here are a couple of our Isralove highlights.

Isralovers Worldwide

Our items are made with love in Israel. Since 2014 we have crafted, wrapped and shipped these Jewish gifts from Israel to places all around the globe: 72% of Isralovers received their handcrafted order in the US, 16% in Israel and 4% in Australia, Canada and Europe each.

 

ONEsie – stays number one

No doubt, one of the most exciting, emotional and joyful moments is the arrival of a new baby. Our Hebrew name onesies have been the most popular Jewish gift second year in a row.
These personalized bodysuits were ordered by new aunts, uncles, nanas and mothers themselves in various colors and sizes, and the 20 most popular Jewish names for Jewish baby girls have been:

  • Yael
  • Eliana
  • Lia
  • Talia
  • Livia
  • Hannah
  • Maya
  • Aliza
  • Shoshana
  • Malka
  • Bracha
  • Avital
  • Yakira
  • Chaya
  • Zehava
  • Livia
  • Evie
  • Ziesil
  • Hili
  • Zora

25 Most popular Hebrew names for boys

The onesies for boys have been personalized with a bow-tie or aviator sunglasses  while the most popular names were:

  • Ariel
  • Ezra
  • Raphael
  • Joel
  • Levi
  • Gabriel
  • Jonathan
  • Idan
  • Eitan
  • Noah
  • Aviel
  • Ari
  • Liam
  • Noam
  • Elijah
  • Oren
  • Joshua
  • Jacob
  • Joseph
  • Avishai
  • Yair
  • Asher
  • Eliav
  • Gabe
  • Eliezer

25 most popular Hebrew names for Jewish boysJewish Names for girls, Hebrew Names, Jewish gifts

 

Shana Tova!

Thank you dear Isralovers all around the world and Shana Tova u Metuka from Israel and head over to download our printable Shana Tova card,

Ruth

As I write this post, I have 90 boards on Pinterest, with 1908 items and 193 pins I ‘liked’. There are so many cool DIY projects among those pins that I would love to try, if I only had time…
Well, the monthly DIY dry erase calendar you can download at the end of this post, is one of those pins that inspired me, and I actually loved seeing it come to life.

Although we are living in a digital era and everyone’s calendar is available on their smartphone, all those notifications, reminders, snoozing alarms etc. are sometimes just overwhelming. I knew I needed a simple, clear and structured solution to oversee all family schedules and events for the month (including the upcoming high holiday season!).
Pinterest 
Free DIY Calendar, printable command center, dry erase board, Jewish calendar, printable by isralove

While browsing my Pinterest feed not long ago, I came across this pin – that was the “Aha!” Moment.
We did have a plain dry erase board hanging on the wall before, but it was just blank, with our Wi-Fi password on it, some grocery items we needed, and to-do lists, but it just wasn’t organized enough to help our family stay on top of all tasks and upcoming events we needed to be aware of.
That’s when I sat down to design my own poster to be framed, including an area for our Wi-Fi password (which is usually the first question from new guests and friends visiting our home these days!), our groceries, and daily/weekly reminders we need to pay attention to.

All you need for this DIY calendar is:

  1.  A frame: choose a frame for your dry erase board with a glass or acrylic front. I used an IKEA Ribba frame sized 70*50 cm (19 ¾ x 27 ½ “)
  2.  Print the poster: print the file at your local print shop according to your frame size (any print shop can scale the PDF to your desired size)
  3.  Frame it: frame the DIY calendar and you are done. It’s really that simple.
  4.  Dry Erase Markers: I recommend fine point markers to keep the writing thin and clear.

Free DIY Calendar, printable command center, dry erase board, Jewish calendar, printable by isralove

My top 3 reasons for using this monthly DIY calendar:

  1.  Daily Reminder: It’s in a central area in the house that I pass by several times a day and it reminds me of the upcoming events for this month only – which leads me to the next point:
  2.  Less is More: It includes only the most important info for my family without any individual work related reminders or events, unless they are relevant to the whole family.
  3.  Being on the Same Page: Even if something is added by a family member and he forgot to tell me, I won’t miss it since it’s on the one main board we all check daily

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Free printable versions available:

  1.  ENGLISH: standard international calendar, starting on Monday, including grocery list, miscellaneous notes and the Wi-Fi password.
  2.  HEBREW: starting on Sunday, right-to-left, including grocery list, miscellaneous and Wi-Fi password.
  3.  HEBREWISH: bilingual, Hebrew-English Calendar, left-to-right, starting on Monday, including grocery list, miscellaneous notes and Wi-Fi password.

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