A Talk with Shira Kaplan of Jerusalem’s Trumpeldor Vintage

A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to sit down with Shira Kaplan of Jerusalem's Trumpeldor Vintage, one of the best vintage clothing stores in Jerusalem. Trumpeldor is located on 18 Nissim Behar Street in Nachlaot (near the Jerusalem shouk). We spoke about how she started the store, the growing popularity of second hand clothes …

“My caterpillar to butterfly moment. My Jewish birth.”

Modest Jerusalem is launching a series of personal essays from friends and other women from Israel and around the world, who have inspirational stories covering a variety of topics. Kicking off this series is a dear friend and former colleague of mine, Juli Kristof, who was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She made Aliyah to Israel …

DIY: Natural, All-Purpose House Cleaner with Castile Soap and Essential Oils

There are many reasons to make your own All-Purpose House Cleaner. Financial reasons, wanting to green up your house,  limit your bleach usage, to protect your kids from being exposed regularly to chemicals in the house, and many others. I want to first mention that I am not against bleach and I do clean my …

Lag BaOmer is the holiday that sets a Secular American and Israeli Jew apart

For me, Lag BaOmer is the holiday that sets a Secular American Jew and a Secular Israeli Jew apart. Growing up in a secular Jewish-American background, with a large Jewish community in Central New Jersey who mostly went to Reform and Conservative synagogues, Jewish life was mainly centered around the major holidays. Rosh HaShana, Yom …