couponing in the holy land

Frugal food shopping for the Anglo Israeli

Freebies for residents under fire and those who want to support them

The South is still under fire but more and more companies and organizations are reaching out to help those in need.  Here are some of the latest offers for residents of the South plus several for the entire country. You must show proof of residence to get the deals offered to the Southern residents.

(1) Interested in wearing your support for Tzahal?  Runy, the online shoe store is offering a  free silicone bracelet when you email them with your name, telephone number, email, and address to send the bracelet to.  Email: info@runy.co.il

For more information go to their Facebook page.

(2) Looking for a way to cheer up someone’s Shabbat?  The online flower store Zer4U is offering a 30% discount on flower orders from one of their stores in the South only to residents of the South only.  Click here to get a list of their branches.

 

(3) The educational web site Brain POP has opened its site for free for all kids who are at home.  User name: שטק Password: שקט  There are two sites available for free- the regular site with topics such as geography, music and math and the site which teaches English, which is also good for Anglo children.

(4) The Nahalat Binyamin Visitor Center in Psagot Winery is offering free entrance to all residents of the South and whoever is “under the range of fire.”  For more information call 02-9979333.  For more information about the winery go to their web page (English).

(5) Gan Garoo- free entrance to Southern residents.

(6) The Botanical Garden in Jerusalem- free entrance to residents on the “front line” (קו עימות)

(7) Park HaMaayanot- Southern residents get free entrance and free use of an electric car for two hours.

(8) Marzipan Museum- free entrance for Southern residents.  Workshops cost 32 shekels instead of 52.

(9) The new action park in Maale Adumim is offering entrance to the children’s area for only 19 shekels.  For more information go to their web site (English).

(10) Studio C is offering all women who live within 40 kilometers of Gaza to go to any Studio C branch throughout the country and burn off some stress for free.  They can also participate in aerobics and Zumba classes for free.  For a list of Studio C branches click here.

The complete list of old and new deals can be found on Ynet.

Essential information for every citizen during Tzuk Eitan- 18 July 2014

(1) Know your region and preparation time-  If you aren’t sure, are visiting, or are not sure which region you belong to, go to the Pikud HaOref site in English and type in where you live.  For example, if you type in Yad Binyamin you get a preparation time of one minute and you are classified as “Ashdod 268″.  There will also be any special instructions for your area if needed.

(2)  Pikud HaOref has put out a booklet for kids to prepare themselves for sirens and other potential issues.  Unfortunately, it is only in Hebrew right now but it is still worthwhile for you to give it to your kids who can read Hebrew.  There is an Easy Reader booklet in English that tells you exactly what do when there is a red alert which is worthwhile for all of us to be prepared no matter where we might be (train, car, etc).

(3) Kupot Holim-  Important health information:

Clalit: Free telephone access to a psychologist who specializes in childhood fears from Schneider Hospital: 03-9244955.  24 hour internet access to information and advice regarding anxiety and fear or by telephone at *2700.  A list of the offices that have been closed with the alternative clinic to be used is listed here.  There is also a list of Clalit hospitals and their emergency phone numbers.

Leumit: Call *507, extension 0 for up to date information about clinic availability and tips for dealing with anxiety and fears.  A complete list of offices that have closed can be found here.  Leumit opened a hotline manned by psychiatrists and social workers to provide mental support and information about the availability of mental health services in the South.  Call 1-700-507-507  extension 0 between the hours of 7 am and 10:30 pm.  Leumit pharmacy is offering a discount on herbal anxiety treatments- for more information click here.

Maccabi: The 24 hour hotline for information and support is 1-700-50-53-53 or *3555.  They do not have list of offices that are closed but recommend you call your local office before coming. There is a list of clinics available to deal with your anxiety or fears during this time depending on your region.  Go to this page for the complete list. It doesn’t say if there is a charge or not.  That same page has a notification that the Beersheva pharmacy located at Migdal HaRakevet will close at 2 pm as well as the Simul pharmacy in Ashdod (Ashdod- Mondays and Thursdays only).

Meuchedet: 24 hour advice hotline at *3833.  Several offices are closed until further notice, including the Yad Binyamin office.  For the complete list including alternative offices click here.

(4) Tipat Chalav- information from Misrad haBriut:

According to the Home Front Command, due to the security situation - at this stage Tipat Halav – Mother and Infant Care Centers in the southern region within range of 40 kilometers from the Gaza Strip that are not shielded will not work: 
  1. Be’er-Sheva - Station “Gimel” in 8 Wingate Street
  2. Be’er-Sheva - Station “Vav” in 7 Huberman street
  3. Be’er-Sheva - Aburabia station in Shloshet Bnei Ein Harod street
  4. Um Batin – Abocaf station
  5. Lakia – Lakia A station
  6. Rahat – Rahat A station in neighborhood 7
  7. Tifrach – Tifrach station
  8. Ashdod – Station “Alef” public reception in station “Hei”
  9. Ashdod – Station “Beit” public reception in station “Daled”
  10. Ashdod – Station “Gimel” public reception in station “Zain”
  11. Ashdod – Station “Vav” public reception in station “Het”

(5) Mental health support from Misrad HaBriut- there are mental health centers available for people who need.  Call 106 for their locations.  Here is a list of centers who deal with people who are suffering from anxiety and other mental trauma.  “Hosen” centers have been opened in the Aza area to help people get treated for anxiety and other mental health issues.  Misrad HaBriut and Bituach Leumi will allow up to 12 treatments at these centers without having to be classified as having a mental injury by Bituach Leumi.  The complete list of centers is here.  There is also a list here of government-supported mental health clinics that are available throughout the country.

(6) Kol Zchut (All Rights)- They have put together an extensive list of links for any issue that might arise during Tzuk Eitan- anything from property damage, miluim rights, employee issues and more.  Most of the links go to Hebrew sites but the Shira Pransky Project worked with kol zchut to create a smaller list of English links.  Bookmark it here.

(7) Orange customers- Orange has decided to increase the internet surfing package of all of their customers to 10G to allow them to freely use their cell phones in their mamads.  There is no extra charge for this service, which will be available until the end of July. You do not have to register for the deal.  For more information from Orange, click here.  Source

 

Peti Buerre Bagel coupon- expires 31 July 2014

Click on the coupon to print it.

Very cute character backpack for $8.91 at Ali Express

Do you have a child going to gan next year?  If so, Ali Express, the Chinese merchandise warehouse with free shipping to Israel has some very cute backpacks on sale.  Characters include Hello Kitty, Disney Princesses, Mickey Mouse, Cars, Thomas the Train, Angry Birds, Cars, Dora, and more!  The dimensions are 27 cm by 22 cm by 10 cm.  The product has all 5 star reviews as well.

Go to the Ali Express web site to get this deal.

 

Chic nail polish coupon- expires 31 July 2014

Toys R Us coupons- expire 23 July 2014

Coupons must be printed.  You can purchase one item per coupon.

Deals for the ideal summer

I don’t know if we will ever get to use these deals but one can always hope.  These deals are for outside, open space events, which may not be appropriate depending on the security situation and your level of comfort.  Make sure these events are still on before going.

(1) The Environmental Protection Ministry has created the “Chamishi Chof-shi” event- every Thursday this summer four of the most beautiful beaches in Israel will be free.  In addition, Hof Achziv, Hof Yanai, Hof Palmachim, and Gan Leumi Ashkelon will have guided tours and educational activities from 17:00-18:00 (5-6 pm) (for more information click here).  The beaches are free from 8:00 until 18:00.  Due to the security situation, the educational activities have been cancelled until further notice but the beaches are still free.   When the security situation changes, check the Reshut HaTeva web site to see if they have been reinstated.

 

(2) Shufersal card holders can purchase tickets for Luna Park on 22 August 2014 (Friday) for only 39 shekels each.  The park will be open from 10:00-17:00 and you can purchase up to 5 tickets per Shufersal card.    There is no information on the Shufersal site as to whether this event has been cancelled but they were selling tickets as of a few days ago.

(3) In August, children up to 18 years old can go to Migdal David for free!  You can pick a free all-day activity book to go on an adventure throughout the Medical Diagnosis exhibit and the Citadel.  For more information go to their web site.  There is no mention of cancelling any activities on their web site.

 

(4) The Miniature Electric Train Exhibit at “Hatahana” is offering a summer special- 45 shekels per person or 139 shekels per family (up to 5 people).  For more information, go to their web site.  There is no mention of cancelling any activities on their web site.

(5) Lifestyle members can purchase the following discount tickets:

Park Shefayim- 22 July 2014 – 39 shekels

Park Nachshonit- 7 August 2014- 35 shekels

Yamit 2000- 17 August 2014- 39 shekels

Biblical Zoo- 17 July 2014- 35 shekels

Tzuk Minra happening- 31 July 2014- Triple Extreme for 59 shekels per person and Total Extreme for 99 shekels per person

Country Go Active Caesarea, including a performance by Michal Zafir “Bites of Health”- 11 August 2014- 39 shekels

For more information or to order tickets go to the Lifestyle web site.  There is no mention of cancelling any activities on their web site.

Delta “miklat fashion” sale

I don’t know if this ad is real or not- I can’t find it anywhere on the internet- but it gave me a good laugh.  It says,” Embarrassed to sit next to the neighbors every night in the same pajamas?”

What the rest of us do when the missiles are flying

If you live in one of those areas which Pikud HaOref classifies as “normal” but still have red alerts, you are caught between staying home and going stir crazy or attempting to salvage the summer vacation somehow…somewhere…without blowing the entire budget for a tzimmer in the Galil.  Here are some ideas for indoor activities for you and/or the kids.  Confirm each facility’s availability, make sure you know where the merchav mugan is and read any additional instructions when you get there.  For example, the “Kesem BaSafari” night safari web site notifies the public that the site is open but that (1) there is NO murchav mugan and (2) it is absolutely forbidden to leave your car in the African area! (unless you want to be eaten by lions)  They do allow you to exchange your tickets for another date.

(1) Ikea sale- Going on now until 20 July 2014.  With three stores in Netanya, Rishon L’zion, and Kiryat Ata, you can stay in the mercaz or go North.  You don’t need to go to buy something, although I am sure you can find an essential knickknack or two.  You can let the kids run in the building, go to the ball pit, or participate in the activities scheduled for kids.  Pick up a cheap and tasty meal and your day is complete.

(2) Tnuva visitor center in Alon Tavor- The famous visitor center has opened its door for no cost to residents from Gush Dan and further south!  Must show proof of residence.  Order your free tickets on their Facebook page.  Children 5 years old and older are welcome.  For more information about the visitor center go to Tnuva’s web site.

(3) Restaurants- Restaurants know that if they want to attract the parents over the summer, they have to attract the kids as well.  Max Brenner has traditional kids meals such as shnitzel as well as with pasta with chocolate sauce (!), magic powder and jungle bananas, all served with crayons and a coloring box about Max the Chocolate King.  Cafe Greg has both a meat and vegan menu for kids and also gives out a placemat to color on with crayons.  Placemats and crayons are also available at Mandarin, Fresh Kitchen, and Cafe Landwer.  The Cafe Greg restaurants in the Givatayim Mall, (kosher lemehadrin), Haifa Mall, Orot Mall in Or Akiva and Mercaz Big in Karmiel (all not kosher) have a large area built especially for kids to run around in and play while the parents enjoy their meal.

 

BBB- Burgus Burger Bar (not kosher) has a special kids meal as well as lots of games and activities on the electronic system at each table.

Source: Yisrael HaYom

Restaurants can be very expensive, however, so look for discount coupons in places like Leumi Card, Visa CAL, GROUPON, and eLuna.  For example, right now there is a 10% off coupon for Fresh Kitchen Jerusalem on eLuna and you can get a free Cafe Greg ice cafe for 195 point from American Express Rewards.  Deals come and go fast so it pays to look frequently.

(4) Cinema City- If you are already eating, you might as well see a movie as well.  If you spend 49 shekels on a meal Friday, you get a free movie ticket (participating movies only).  There are other free live shows to check out.  Call 1-700-70-22-55 for more information and check out my previous post for deep discounts on Cinema City movie tickets.

(5) Museums- air conditioning, educational and inside- what more could you want? OK, less crowds.  Some museum deals include:  Lifestyle members can purchase combo tickets to the Museum Eretz Yisrael in Tel Aviv for 39 shekels (child) or 49 shekels (adult).  The ticket includes entrance to the museum, the kite show and the planetarium!  Valid only 24 July 2014.  On 26 Aug 2014, Lifestyle members can go to the kite festival and “Song of the Bamboo” at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for 42 shekels (adult)- kids are free!  To order tickets, click here.  With the “Kids Love Israel” card, you can get discounts on the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem and MadaTech in Haifa.  Kinderland has a coupon for the new science museum in Beersheva.  For the most comprehensive English list of every museum in Israel, click here.

(6) Bowling- Since it is generally on the ground floor and deep within a building, a bowling alley can serve as a merchav mugan if needed.  If you have a Leumi card, you can get 1+1 bowling tickets from their web site.  Bowling Chutzot HaMifratz in Haifa has coupons on their web site.

(7) Factory tours- Michal Negrin factory- a treat for all fashionistas.  You can get a  1+1 coupon on Kinderland.  For more information, go to the Michal Negrin web site.  The Coca Cola “center for the senses”  is only  20 shekels and you can arrange a tour in English.  For more information go to their web site.  The Bamba visitor center is considered to be one of Israel’s best- and free!  To make an appointment, go to their web site.

(8) Animix- The annual animation festival, trade show and workshops will be held in Tel Aviv 6-9 August 2014.  Isracard members get 1+1 tickets on their web site.  For more information about the festival, click here or go to the Cinemateque web site.

(9) Gymboree/arcade- You can find some coupons for arcades on the Kinderland web site.  On the Ligdol web site you can find coupons for gymborees (here and here for example)

(10) Bank of Israel- One of Israel’s best kept secrets, the Bank of Israel offers a free tour of their center where you learn the basics of economics, see a display of ancient Israeli coins, and play computer games where the economic fate of the world is in your hands! You get a free bag of shredded money as a gift.  Tours can be arranged in English.  To make an appointment, go to their web site.  The tour is appropriate for children ages 8 and older but the games are more appropriate for middle and high school children.

I hope this brief list has got your creative juices flowing.  If you are looking to go somewhere specific and need a coupon, let me know I will do my best to find one for you!

 

Shmita lecture by Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon 16 July 2014 in Efrat

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