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Ilan Kitchens was founded in 2010. The company plans, designs, and manufactures smart and comfortable kitchens tailored to the needs of each client. We offer a complimentary planning and design session in the client's home, using a 3D computerized simulation program that easily and effectively helps clients envision the kitchen that will work best for them. Additionally, we manufacture and construct high-quality kitchen cabinetry, using only the finest materials and most advanced accessories, and we guide all the professionals involved in the construction of the kitchen to put together the most effective and attractive finishes and combinations. We can also revitalize the kitchen you already have, upgrading the inner mechanics and renewing the overall look to make your kitchen as beautiful and comfortable as can be. We look forward to building a kitchen you will love.

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Dear Reader, Over the last seven years, we have been publishing quality magazines, guides and catalogs, incorporating insightful content and practical information on local professionals and service providers for the English-speaking community in Israel. We are therefore excited to bring you YourHome, a guide that focuses on everything you might need for your home. Whether you’re planning an expansion, looking to redecorate, or just need to hang up some shelves, the YourHome guide offers you tips, practical advice, and a directory to the top-quality local service providers in all areas relating to home improvement. You’ll find all the information you need and a little bit more—all that’s left for you to do is make a call. Limited copies of this edition are available upon request. So get planning! And most of all, enjoy!

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CONTENTS "SOME PEOPLE LOOK FOR A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, OTHERS MAKE A PLACE BEAUTIFUL” 12 JMark Interiors From Concept to Creation 14 Egert Cohen Home Insurance : The Whole Story 16 Yehudit Margalit Reality or Castles in the Sky? 18 Avner Slater, Adv. The New Rules of Real Estate Taxes 20 Moshe Wilshinsky Got Mortgage? 22 David Chernin, Zedek Group Keeping a Close Watch While You Are Far Away

ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN

119 FURNITURE, APPLIANCES & DECOR

26 Jennifer Ungar The Interior Designer: An Indispensable Member of Your Renovation Team

120 INTERVIEW Avi Koritz, Led Plus

25 PLANNING AND DESIGN

FURNITURE, APPLIANCES, DECOR, LIGHTING

128 Ilan Ben Harush, Mister Electric Choosing the Right Workhorse Appliances

28 Yehoshua Metzinger Behind the Façade 30 Techelet Architecture & Interior Design Designing Spaces for People and Purpose 38 INTERVIEW Daniel Abelman, Interior Designer 40 INTERVIEW Tzivia Bodner, Architect And Interior Designer 42 INTERVIEW Iris Linden, Interior Designer

45 CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATIONS CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATIONS, WATERPROOFING, ROOFING, HARDWARE

133 SERVICES

67 ENCLOSURES, WINDOWS AND DOORS

HANDYMAN, PLUMBING, SOLAR WATER HEATERS, ELECTRICIAN, PAINTING, SECURITY SYSTEMS, APPLIANCE REPAIR, PEST CONTROL, LOCKSMITH, MOVERS

SHUTTERS, ALUMINIUM, METALWORKING, DOORS, SECURITY BARS

81 KITCHENS, CARPENTRY AND TILES KITCHENS, CARPENTRY, COUNTERTOPS, TILES 82 Haela Carpentry The Layman's Guide to Kitchen Renovations 88 Birkas Rifka Building Lives and Livelihoods 94 Kyor Art The Art & Soul of the Kitchen

101 AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING SALES, SERVICE 102 Appliance Direct What’s VRF anyway?

111 OUTDOOR DESIGN GARDENING & LANDSCAPING, PERGOLAS, DECKS

134 Ariel Baror, Master Pumbling Who Sprung That Leak 136 INTERVIEW Ely Greenberg, Golden Hands Plumber 142 My Handyman, DIY Solutions Under Maintenance 146 INTERVIEW Benyamin Patino, BH Security Solutions

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COMING HOME Living in Israel is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for many—whether as a permanent residence or a vacation home. From concept to creation, the design firm of J. Mark Interiors is here to make your dreams come true. THE EXPERTS AT J. MARK INTERIORS are especially skilled at making their clients feel at home. They boast decades of experience in all aspects of interior design and many of the staff members are themselves second-generation olim. This makes them uniquely equipped to cater to the needs of Anglos making Aliyah, as

well as those buying a part-time home in Israel. They can bridge the gap between their clients and the locals who will be building their homes. Staying on top of the latest trends and local building codes, they are able to communicate on all levels with vendors and builders, remaining sensitive to all phases of the Aliyah process.

One size definitely does not fit all. Mr. Mark and his talented team spend hours assessing the lifestyles and tastes of each client. They understand that many Americans—whether fresh off the boat, seasoned veterans, or parttime residents—will find comfort in combining familiar elements from their country of


origin with the flavor of Israel, integrating the latest cutting-edge technology for easy living. Mr. Mark’s team excels at creating unique and beautiful living spaces for their clients. Mr. Mark takes pride in the fact that his team makes sure that clients are comfortable and that their needs are met, down to the tiniest detail. Of course, this level of dedication requires flawless communication. J. Mark Jerusalem employs a knowledgeable English-speaking staff, which enables the design firm to be the clients’ liaison in Israel and to understand all the nuances of the client’s wishes. Clients can visit J. Mark's NY office to view samples and drawings, so they can get a feel for the property without making a special trip to Israel. Between Mr. Mark’s knowledge of both markets and his contacts in both Israel and the United States, he can maintain smooth communication and ensure that there is seamless coordination be-

tween the clients and the builders. Mr. Mark himself brings a rich and varied background to his company. His twenty years of interior design experience in the United States and his extensive global travels give him an understanding of the vision and wishes of people from many different countries. He has been designing luxurious spaces in Israel for over ten years, working out of his New York showroom by commuting and telecommuting. Now, with the goal of being more accessible to the growing community of home buyers in Israel of all kinds, J. Mark has expanded the company and established a magnificent new showroom at 22 King David Street in Jerusalem. “I look forward to sitting down with my clients in the heart of Jerusalem and discussing their projects,” says Mr. Mark. “Every project is a very personal journey,”

he continues. “I love getting to know my clients and helping them make the home of their dreams a reality.” Working with vendors across the globe, Mark curates the latest products in the interior design market. He has his finger on the pulse of the hottest global design trends and delivers those directly to his clients, incorporating the latest textures and techniques in textiles and other materials to add unique elements and dimensions to each project. “Most of our clients are looking to create a beautiful, welcoming space that is both modern and warm and that expresses who they are—their own unique tastes, values, preferences, and comfort,” explains Mr. Mark. “Our goal is not only to meet this challenge, but to surpass their expectations, because we know that when it comes to designing a home in Israel, we are also helping fulfill a dream.”

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SERVICES P LA N N IN G & D ESI GN I C ON ST R U CTIO N & RE NOVATIO NS I E NCLO S U RES , W INDOWS & DOORS I KI TCHENS, CARPENTRY & TI LES I AI R COND I TI ONI NG & HEATI NG I OUTD OOR D ESI G N I F URNI TURE, AP P L I AN CES & D ECO R I S ERV I CES

Home Insurance

Where The Heart Is Egert & Cohen Insurance is a Jerusalem-based brokerage that specializes in helping English-speaking olim, tourists and students in Israel. They provide a “one-stop-shop” covering all aspects of insurance in Israel, including: home, motor, business, health, life and travel etc. Their dedicated English-speaking staff will help you through the Israeli insurance maze with English policy translations and summaries. Most importantly, they will deal with your claim in a personal and professional manner. Q. Should we take this out through the bank’s insurance? A. We recommend using a private company for two reasons: a) a private company will make sure that coverage is sufficient and b) a private company will be better at dealing with any claims you might have in the future.

HOME INSURANCE: THE WHOLE STORY STEP 1: YOU’VE JUST PURCHASED A NEW HOME IN ISRAEL, MAZAL TOV!

Q. Do I need to worry about insurance if I haven’t yet paid the property price in full? A. Our point of view is this: if you will lose money if the house burns down ‫חו”ח‬, you should take out insurance now. Q. At this point, what policy do I need? A. It’s called a home structure policy, which covers fire, water, storm, arson and earthquake damage and then of course there’s Third Party Liability. STEP 2: YOU’VE JUST SIGNED ON THE DOTTED LINE FOR THE MORTGAGE AT YOUR BANK, MAZAL TOV!

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STEP 3: GREAT EXCITEMENT! OUR LIFT HAS ARRIVED, MAZAL TOV!

Shimon Cohen is the manager of Egert Cohen Insurance. Egert Cohen is a family business that specializes in serving the Anglo and new olim populations. They provide a friendly and professional one-stop-shop for all your insurance needs. Egert & Cohen can be reached at 02-622-7999 or through their website www.egertcohen.co.il.

Q. How do we go about insuring our possessions? A. We send an assessor to your home. An assessor will catalog all your possessions including: jewelry, furniture, paintings, clothing etc. He then issues a detailed English-language report that becomes the basis of the insurance contract. Q. Is it possible to only insure high-end, expensive items? A. I’m afraid not, the insurance policy requires you to insure both high-risk and low-risk items.


If you ask your ozeret to do something out of the ordinary, make sure all the appliances and tools she will use are in working order. area with a similar amount of contents, they could not require different levels of protection. In other words, even if our client’s particular policy stated clearly that both a safe and an alarm were required, if there were other similar clients in the area that required just the safe alone, then the insurance company would have to pay the claim. We frantically began searching for other clients in the same area with similar contents, and we did find some who were required to have a safe only, and some who needed both the safe and an alarm. It wasn’t 100% clear but it was enough to get an initial payment of 92,000 shekels! (We are still attempting to collect this amount). Moral: Don’t ever despair – not in insurance and not in life! 2. THE MISSING TEFILLIN

STEP 4: OY VEY! MY WIFE LOST HER EXPENSIVE DIAMOND RING! HELP.

Q. Who deals with the claim? A. Our office of course! We will take you through all the necessary steps including: arranging a claims assessor, a police report, and negotiating with the insurance company—we ensure that you receive payment promptly. FAQS

Q. Can we insure jewelry, when we travel overseas? A. Sure, but you must let us know beforehand. The jewelry will be covered under the same conditions under which they are protected in Israel. Q. Our dog bit a visitor (ouch!) and he’s suing us. Is this covered? A. This is covered under your Third Party Liability Insurance (unless the dog is regarded as a dangerous breed, e.g., a Rottweiler!)

CLAIMS TO REMEMBER 1. A CLASSIC CASE TO RULE THEM ALL

Our client owned a large amount of jewelry. The insurance company required that the client secured said jewelry inside a safe and they needed an alarm system connected to two cellphones. The jewelry was in the safe, but the alarm was not working! One day, when the family had all left for school or work, burglars broke into the house and simply removed the entire 65 kg safe! The insurance company’s assessor checked out the circumstances and finally came to the conclusion that the protection requirements had not been met (which was true!). The company turned down the 180,000-shekel claim. We, as the agents, tried to find any way to prove that the insurance company should at least pay some of the money. Our clients did have a heavy safe, even though their alarm was not working. We searched insurance claims and found a classic case (Slutzky vs. Chatamei Lloyds). This case, which went to the Supreme Court, laid down the following rule: If the insurance company had insured other clients in the same

Our client insured an expensive pair of tefillin (+/- $4,000) for All Risks cover (i.e. both inside and outside the house). He called us frantically one day to report that the tefillin were missing from his yeshiva. A week of posted notices and calls to the yeshiva administration did not bear fruit. Reluctantly, our client reported the case to the police and we filed a claim. The claims check was issued and our client bought a new pair of tefillin. (This time, however, he kept them at home). One day, during the silent amida, our client’s concentration was broken by someone behind him placing—you guessed it—his old tefillin on his shtender! By the time he turned around, only davening yeshiva men could be seen. Obviously, these tefillin no longer belonged to him. He hurried to our office to return them. I, in turn, took them to the insurance company and told the whole strange story. Results: 1) A huge Kiddush Hashem. 2) The manager promptly asked me to offer the “old” tefillin back to our client at a greatly reduced rate. When I had called our client, he had just celebrated his first son’s brit milah, and he was more than happy to buy the baby’s bar mitzvah tefillin a few years early! 3. ACCIDENTS AT WORK, AT HOME

Mrs. S., an ozeret, a cleaning woman, had worked for the Lowy family for five years. In 2010, before Pesach, she climbed a ladder to take the curtains down for cleaning. Unfortunately, she fell and broke her ankle badly. After medical treatment, Bituach Leumi classified her as having a 27% lifetime disability. She put in a claim against the Lowy family. Unfortunately (again), the Lowys did not have insurance and took the case to court claiming that Mrs. S. had been negligent in climbing up and slipping. Upon closer investigation, the ladder itself was found to have been unstable—a fact which was known to both Mrs. S. and the Lowy family. The judge found the Lowys liable for 65% of the claim and Mrs. S. for the balance. LESSONS TO LEARN

1) Make sure you have home insurance which usually includes coverage for an ozeret. Ask your broker for details if you’re uncertain whether you have this cover or not. (Don’t forget, you must pay towards Bituach Leumi and a pension for your ozeret.) 2) If you ask your ozeret to do something out of the ordinary, make sure all the appliances and tools she will use are in working order. EGERT & COHEN—WE’RE HERE WHEN YOU NEED US.

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MORTGAGES P LA N N IN G & D ESI GN I C ON ST R U CTIO N & RE NOVATIO NS I E NCLO S U RES , W INDOWS & DOORS I KI TCHENS, CARPENTRY & TI LES I AI R COND I TI ONI NG & HEATI NG I OUTD OOR D ESI G N I F URNI TURE, AP P L I AN CES & D ECO R I S ERV I CES

A House of My Own

Reality or Castles in the Sky? There are many elements in the purchase of residential property that demand careful exploration. The most crucial and definitive question is how to secure not only enough, but also, the right kind of financing. BANK OF ISRAEL’S RESTRICTIONS AND SOARING PROPERTY PRICES – BACKGROUND OF MACRO-ENVIRONMENT In recent years the real estate market has experienced a sharp rise in property values that is disproportionate to other economic parameters. This has possibly been prompted by a delay in new building initiatives in Israel, plus a zero-interest rate environment that has encouraged the aggressive entry of investors into the Israeli real estate market. In 2009 the Bank of Israel introduced new regulations to significantly limit mortgage loans for home buyers, while previously, regulations had permitted the buyer to provide only 10% of their own capital subject to credit insurance. Higher property prices means a higher mortgage loan and more own capital, which poses an obstacle for many potential home-buyers. Today a number of steps are being taken to restrain investor demand and promote property

purchase for first-time homebuyers and homeowners wishing to upgrade to larger homes.

want to get it right, we need to understand all the components, including mortgage products, what they entail, and their immediate and long-term implications. MIX & MATCH – LOAN PRODUCTS Mortgages can be divided into a variety of loan tracks, or in industry terms, mortgage products. These are various loan repayment tracks, subject to fixed or variable interest rates either linked or not linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and other indices. Loan maturity is from four to thirty years and the composition of the loan, together with the loan period and interest rates, have a decisive impact on its overall cost. RISK MANAGEMENT Variable interest rates are attractive because you have the option of early repayment without penalties, but because they are linked to various indices (prime, foreign, etc.), they are subject to fluctuation and can lead to surprises. Fixed interest rates are advantageous in the long term because even though you might feel locked in to a particular rate, at least that part of your mortgage payment will remain stable and predictable. Today, fixed interest rates are low and are a highly-recommended option.

INVESTORS OUT – FIRST-TIME BUYERS IN: DELIBERATE GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION 1. DISCOUNTED HOUSING – The Israeli government is promoting new residential housing for first-time homeowners through a project called Mechir Lamishtaken at significantly lower prices than market price. Still in its infancy, this project has both advantages (lower prices, better mortgage EARLY LOAN REPAYMENT terms) and disadvantages (construction standards, Some mortgage products do not require payment inadequate promotion of projects). of penalties if you wish to repay your loan prema2. LESS OWN CAPITAL – First-time homebuyers are turely. Others, like the capitalization differential, required to pay only 25% to 30% of their own capital apply in some cases and can be quite a hefty sum Yehudit Margalit is an economist in order to be eligible for a mortgage, while investors to cough up. A cleverly-assembled mortgage mix, must supply at least 50%. Of course, financing is subwith a BA from Bar-Ilan University with some pre-determined exit points, can help ject to a borrower’s actual ability for repayment, i.e., you reduce or avoid heavy penalties. and over 20 years of experience in income after taxation in relation to total liabilities. the field of banking in Israel and 3. BETTER MORTGAGE TERMS – First-time buyers abroad, including work vis-à-vis US LIFE AND PROPERTY INSURANCE are eligible for special interest rates and subsidized One of the prerequisites for approval of almost any bank regulators during the 2008 interest on a portion of their home loan, determined economic crisis. Yehudit specializes mortgage, is a life insurance policy to the value of the by certain variables. in risk management, and mortgages loan, as well as structural insurance for the property 4. LOWER PURCHASE TAX – Purchase tax is derived for private and commercial sectors. in question, so it’s advisable to have these policies as a percentage of the property value. First-time homein mind when submitting your loan application. She can be reached at buyers and homeowners upgrading to larger homes 02-650-1544 or via email are eligible for a discount on purchase tax, while inIN CONCLUSION mortgage@judithmargalit.biz. vestors are required to pay significantly higher rates. The real estate and mortgage markets have seen 5. ANOTHER OPTION offered by some banks is a major, reciprocal changes over the last twenty loan called Family Assistance for parents who – by years but are still volatile. First-time homebuyers mortgaging their own property – enable their child to supplement their should regard the Israeli government’s intervention as a step in the right capital for a property purchase. This option is not always recommended direction, however, even though affordable housing has finally been and should be examined carefully. introduced, and mortgages for this segment are more accessible than ever, buyers should exercise caution and resist the pressure to make a MORTGAGE MICRO-ENVIRONMENT hasty purchase. With sober, realistic calculation of one’s own financial Generally speaking, a home loan is the biggest and most significant profile, and clear understanding of mortgage requirements and pitfalls, commitment a person will make in the course of their lifetime. If we there’s no reason you can’t live the dream.


REAL ESTATE LAW P LA N N IN G & D ESI GN I C ON ST R U CTIO N & RE NOVATIO NS I E NCLO S U RES , W INDOWS & DOORS I KI TCHENS, CARPENTRY & TI LES I AI R COND I TI ONI NG & HEATI NG I OUTD OOR D ESI G N I F URNI TURE, AP P L I AN CES & D ECO R I S ERV I CES

Avner Slater, Adv.

The New Rules of Real Estate Taxes Toward the end of 2013, significant changes were made in real estate tax laws in Israel and we entered a four-year “transition period” that has now come to an end. I suggest that you gain some familiarity with these rules—if only to ensure you seek out expert advice before committing yourself to any kind of real estate deal. PURCHASE TAX (MAS RECHISHA) Purchase tax is a tax paid by the buyer. For some time now, purchase tax has been considerably higher on the purchase of a second apartment than on the purchase of a first and only apartment. The tax on a first apartment only applies to the part of the purchase price over 1.6 million NIS, starting at 3.5% and getting progressively higher. The tax for a second apartment is 8% and is calculated from the first shekel. If you are not a resident of Israel, you will pay the higher tax rate even when buying your first apartment, since it is assumed that you own property wherever you’re living. You will receive the “first apartment” discount only with proof from your local tax authorities that you do not own property in the country in which you reside. It is difficult to acquire such proof in most countries (in the United States, it’s not possible). It should be noted that the status “resident of Israel” does not require you to be a citizen.

paying an increasing proportion of the actual 25% tax on the value increase. For example: Yossi bought an apartment on January 1, 2000, for one million NIS, and sold it May 1, 2016, for 2.2 million NIS. The capital gain, therefore, is 1.2 million NIS. The capital gains period is 16 years, plus 4 months for a total of 196 months. We divide the 1.2 million NIS capital gain by 196 months, and we get a capital gain of NIS 6,122 per month. Since you are required to pay for the increase only from January 1, 2014, in our case that’s 28 months (2 years + 4 months), we multiply 6,122 by 28 and we get NIS 171,416, which is the applicable capital gain. Yossi will pay 25% of that, NIS 42,854. Again, as we get further away from January 2014, the applicable tax will be higher.

CAPITAL GAINS TAX (MAS SHEVACH) This is the tax paid by the seller of a property, assuming the property has gone up in value since it was first purchased. This increase in value is known as capital gains. You are eligible for an exemption from this tax if you do not own more than one property (and did not own more than one in January 2014, which was the cutoff date). If you own only one property and have owned it for at least 18 months, you are eligible for the tax exemption and you may sell your property without paying capital gains tax (up to a sale price of 4.5 million NIS). If you own more than one property, you will not receive this exemption when you sell. And, as with the purchase tax, any non-resident is assumed to be an owner of property in the country in which he resides, unless he can prove otherwise (again, this is difficult to do). Therefore, almost all non-residents will have to pay capital gains tax when selling property, even if they own only one property in Israel. The capital gains tax is a whopping 25% of the capital gain, but the estimated increase in value is counted only from January 2014. So, if you bought an apartment 15 years ago and it has since doubled its value, you will only pay taxes on part of the capital gain. As time goes by, however, and we get further away from January 2014, you will be

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DOUBLE ARNONA (PROPERTY TAX) Arnona is the annual property tax paid by an apartment owner to a municipal (city) government. (If the apartment is rented out, most often it’s the tenants who will be paying this tax.) The Knesset recently passed the “Double Arnona” law. As we all know, there are many empty apartments in Jerusalem and throughout Israel. Some are used occasionally during chagim or other vacation times, while others remain completely unoccupied for long stretches of time. The government believes that this is one of the reasons for the shortage (and therefore high prices) of apartments both for sale and for rent. The plan is to charge double Arnona for all apartments not occupied at least 90 days per year, thus encouraging owners to rent out their empty apartments or even sell them, if they are not using them. I’ve tried to present you with a brief overview of the current real estate laws in Israel. These laws have a tendency to change from time to time, often to our disadvantage and without much warning. Obviously, there are nuances and details which cannot be covered properly in a short article. It’s crucial to consult with a professional, well in advance of any real estate-related transactions. Do not wait until the last minute, when you have already come to a verbal agreement on a sale, purchase or even rental.

Avner Slater, LL.M., is a Jerusalem attorney residing in Ramat Beit Shemesh. He may be reached at SlaterEsq@gmail.com or at 02-582-5210.



Note: This article is not to be considered legal advice or opinion. For legal advice, please contact legal counsel directly.


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MORTGAGES P LA N N IN G & D ESI GN I C ON ST R U CTIO N & RE NOVATIO NS I E NCLO S U RES , W INDOWS & DOORS I KI TCHENS, CARPENTRY & TI LES I AI R COND I TI ONI NG & HEATI NG I OUTD OOR D ESI G N I F URNI TURE, AP P L I AN CES & D ECO R I S ERV I CES

Moville Mortgage & Finance Ltd.

Got Mortgage? Do you have questions or need help financing a home in Israel? If your answer is yes, it’s best to start by estimating what mortgage amount you will qualify for. WHAT THAT MEANS DEPENDS IF: A. YOU ARE BUYING A HOME (regardless if you own one now or not) B. YOU ARE REFINANCING A PROPERTY you already own to pull out cash, to get a better interest rate, or to lower your payment BUYING A HOME – CASH DOWN PAYMENT The two key factors, which are ratios, expressed as a percentage of the property value: Loan to Value (LTV) and the down payment, need to total 100%. The LTV you qualify for will dictate your minimum down payment. We will discuss the LTV in detail below. The first step is to consider how much money you have access to for a down payment. In most cases, a down payment of 30% of the purchase price is the minimum you need to get a mortgage (25% is possible for financially strong borrowers who are Israeli citizens and have the income to qualify; 50% is the Minimum Down payment for non-citizens). A 30% down payment can come from your own funds, a parental gift or the proceeds of a mortgage on a property you own (assuming sufficient equity to qualify). CREDIT HISTORY The bank checks if you make payments on time and how much your total monthly payments are. A bounced check in Israel is a major issue; a few recently bounced checks can prevent someone from qualifying for a mortgage. A returned horat keva is also problematic (but not as much). Banks will often ask new olim to see their credit report and credit score from their country of origin. INCOME In the majority of cases, your monthly payment should be less than a third of your documentable, net, post-tax income. The banks will check your income from the last 24 months at least; income needs to be consistent, with certain exceptions, e.g., an attorney who recently finished their internship or a doctor who recently finished their residency. If your income is not quite enough in some cases a co-borrower or guarantor can help get you qualified. Guarantors are usually parents who have Israeli citizenship. Co-borrowers are spouses or parents—siblings qualify in certain situations. Co-borrowers and guarantors both need to meet the income guidelines. 20 I YourHome I 2018-2019 I www.YourHomeGuide.biz

PROPERTY VALUE The Loan to Value or LTV is the ratio of the loan amount divided by the property value, expressed as a percent. Government regulation determines maximum ratios and value. In general, Israeli citizens who have only one property are allowed up to 75% LTV, while 50% LTV is the maximum for Israelis with multiple properties and foreign citizens. The value is defined by a bank approved appraiser or purchase price, whichever is lower. Appraisers are required to deduct illegally built rooms from value.

Moshe Wilshinsky, the CEO of Moville Mortgage & Finance Ltd., has a passion for customer service and three decades of experience in the field. His expertise is an advantage for his customers during the entire mortgage process. Moville Mortgage & Finance Ltd. can be found on the web at www.movillefinance.com. They can be reached at 073-796-2226 ext. 711, US: 201-377-3418, UK: 208-596-4501.

REFINANCING A HOME – EQUITY All of the above apply, however, it’s the equity in your property expressed as a percentage that matters, not the cash you have available. The equity is calculated by dividing the current amount you owe on your mortgage by the property’s current value. A refinance that only replaces the existing mortgage i.e., you’re not getting any cash out of the property, is eligible for the maximum LTVs mentioned above. If you are getting cash out of the refinance, then you add the current amount you owe on your mortgage to the amount you want to borrow, and divide that by the property’s current value. In that case your maximum LTV is 50%. The value as defined above is established by an appraiser. So, remember your, cash or equity, credit history, income and property all have a significant effect on your mortgage qualification. The next stage is understanding which of the many possible combinations of mortgage terms in a multi-term mortgage is best suited for you. In other words: once you know what the banks will give, you need to understand how to decide what to take. Before you start house hunting or a major renovation, it’s best to get an idea of what type and size of a mortgage you are eligible for. We, at Moville Mortgage and Finance, are here to help. We will help you assess everything above and lead you through all the stages of working with the mortgage banks: from the mortgage qualification process, understanding how to choose a mortgage option that fits your specific needs, coordination with your lawyer, appraiser and real estate broker, to the funding of your mortgage.


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Zedek Group

Keeping a Close Watch While You Are Far Away ments, sight unseen, on our recommendation. We find tenants for homeowners, implement utility and arnona We started as a husband-wife team in 2009 as, Trusted Property transfer, manage the owner’s renovations, and oversee lease negoManagement. We managed some apartments while I was learning in tiation. The owner relies on us to attend to tenants and enforce the yeshiva. As new olim it was a great time in our lives, but we realized lease so their property will be a source of revenue for years to come. that pretty soon we would need some real parnassah. Thank God, our Tenants, in turn, appreciate having a local manager who responds clients consistently referred their friends to us and within a year or quickly to any and all apartment-related issues. two we had set up a business with several divisions, under the Zedek Do you see an increase in non-citizen, Anglo-owned property group umbrella. investment in Israel? Tell us about the role of a property management company? Over the past nine years there has certainly been an increase in Every homeowner knows a property needs constant care and main- Anglo ownership, despite the Israeli government’s efforts to stem this tenance. There are 1001 ways a property can be compromised. A re- tide—such as the recent raise in acquisition taxes for non-citizens. We sponsible property manager can mitigate damage see growth not only in private home purchases, with regular maintenance checks. Just like one but also in investment properties. would purchase health or auto insurance, it makes What do you attribute that to? INTERVIEW sense to have someone qualified to oversee this There is worldwide financial uncertainty, ininvestment. cluding the United States. Despite the barriers Can’t you just have a neighbor look in on your to ownership, we regularly consult with buyC.E.O. ZEDEK GROUP apartment when you’re away? ers who are actively moving assets out of their I often say our biggest competition is the nephcountry and sourcing sound investments here. ew, niece and neighbor. It’s wonderful when it Unlike the United States, Israeli renters bring works, but you usually get what you pay for. We’ve their own appliances and pay the property tax. seen pretty much every problem an apartment This lowers the cost of ownership making the can have, we can identify issues and resolve them investment very attractive. efficiently. What’s the best thing about your business? How often do you check on vacant apartWithout a doubt it’s our amazing staff. They all ments, and what does that entail? bring talent and dedication to their specialized We check that the systems are working on a area and I rely on them completely. weekly basis: the plumbing, the electrics, the What’s your business ethos? air conditioning, and we make sure there are no Property management is really more like “peo“surprises.” We remove debris, pick up the mail, ple management.” We try to resolve difficulties and ensure there are no obvious signs that it is with savlanut and a smile. an empty apartment. What other services do you offer? Tell us about your Kosher Jerusalem Rentals We set up apartments for vacation rental meservice. ticulously. Project Management is a growing Owners who only visit occasionally were misssegment. From small projects to full shiputzim In 2007 David, originally from ing out on potential income because they wanted and furnishing and decorating, we recommend Florida, fulfilled a lifelong dream, to maintain their apartment’s kashrus. We realexcellent architects, designers and kablanim. and made Israel his home. With ized that many kosher travelers appreciate the A project manager will always save the owner 25 years’ experience in sales option of staying in a kosher apartment, since money and aggravation. and entrepreneurship he started “eating in” will definitely make their vacation Can you share any tips with our readers? Zedek Group and is committed more affordable. Our rental manager specializes If you own an apartment in Israel you are among to bringing American-style in matching kosher-keeping travelers looking the luckiest homeowners in the world. Treat your customer service to Israel to for a kosher home to stay in, with empty kosher tenants with dignity and they in turn will usually “Bring People Home.” short-term rentals. It’s a win-win situation. treat your property well. Trust your gut instinct. He can be contacted on: Do you also manage properties with tenants If you think a renter is not going to honor your 052-690-6629 or via in residence? agreement, then don’t sign. It’s also important to email: david@zedekgroup.com. Most of our portfolio is long-term rentals. Many put yourselves in their shoes. Ask yourself, would of those properties were purchased as investyou sign the lease if you were them? WHEN DID YOU START ZEDEK GROUP AND WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION?

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The Interior Designer

An Indispensable Member of Your Renovation Team FEW THINGS ARE MORE IMPORTANT TO US THAN THE SPACE experience, some interior designers can make excellent project manWE LIVE IN. Whether we live alone or with loved ones, our home is agers. “Over the years in the business,” says Jennifer, “I have nurtured not just a place to eat and sleep. Ideally, our home is our refuge, our great working partnerships with contractors and tradesmen and I feel oasis, and the place where we feel most safe and happy; the place we confident recommending them to clients and supervising their work.” would rather be, more than any other place in the world. If your space Her vast experience allows her to take full responsibility for a projdoesn’t do this for you, it may be time to consider changing things up. ect and can “anticipate and solve problems that most homeowners There are many factors that contribute to transforming a living would overlook.” In other words, a competent interior designer can space into a veritable sanctuary: the size of the room or rooms, the simplify the hiring process for the client and make sure the job runs placing of walls or dividers, the colors, the arrangement and types of smoothly from beginning to end. A professional interior designer can furnishings, the overall theme or décor, etc. For also formulate and implement solutions that some, the thought of bringing all these factors ultimately save their clients’ money and keep together harmoniously can be overwhelming, them from making costly mistakes. especially if we are not dealing with only one An effective interior designer must also posroom, but a whole house. sess an exceptional attention for detail and a If you feel a change in your environment is strong imagination to envision the end results. in order, whether it’s as simple as re-painting Moreover, it’s important that a designer refrains a wall, rearranging your furniture or a full-on from suggesting costly unnecessary extras that renovation, there is nothing more valuable for don’t fit the client’s budget. your peace of mind, and a beautiful, functional Furthermore, a good interior designer never result, than hiring the right people for the job. tries to impose their own tastes and aesthetics This, in and of itself, can also be quite daunting. on their clients. “I zero in on what my clients Enter the interior designer. Unlike an interior want and we focus accordingly,” says Jennifer, decorator, an interior designer doesn’t only deal “Even if their taste is not my own, I can still with aesthetics. An accredited interior designer help them create a beautiful, functional, cusis trained to interpret architectural blueprints tomized space by melding their preferences and can therefore advise a client not just what and my suggestions.” colors work well together, but also structural Finally, a good interior designer always has issues, such as whether a wall can be moved or if a plan. Laying a vision out on paper is the first Jennifer Ungar has been designing it is feasible to relocate a bathroom or a kitchen. step towards achieving the goal. The plan beautiful spaces for 25 years and “I don’t simply choose paint or fabric,” exshould take into consideration all structural has worked on large and small plains Jennifer Ungar, an interior designer with and aesthetic changes, a budget that includes residential projects in New York, over 25 years’ experience in the field. “I can tell everything from bringing in a backhoe to the New Jersey, Miami and Ramat Beit what needs to be done to make a space airier, nails needed to hang your pictures and then Shemesh. By listening closely to more spacious, and more pleasant to spend time an estimated (and realistic) timeline for the her clients’ needs and desires, in. One of my client’s once remarked that I can project. Jennifer transforms their concepts ‘see through walls’.” “If you want to achieve a certain look and and vision into a design reality. Her An interior decorator can also draw up plans ambience within a budget and timeframe, you specialty is creating interiors that for contractors to work with. In other words, absolutely need a plan,” states Jennifer, “While are comfortably sophisticated yet, most interior designers can think “bigger” than the plan is not set in stone and can be altered relaxed and inviting; interiors that an interior decorator; it’s more than just the to accommodate unforeseen events, not having turn your space into your home. finishing touches, the furniture, or the wallpaa plan at all, is not an option.” And perhaps, Jennifer can be reached at per, an interior designer can comprehensively having an interior designer becomes non-nego052-448-7050 or transform the space. tiable; after all, can a layman provide that same jenungar@gmail.com. Because of their accumulated training and precise plan with no prior training?

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Behind the Façade

What Needs to Be Done Before You Lay that Cornerstone? Building a home or other structure can be quite the adventure—for some, it’s no less than a dream come true. Aside from the aesthetic design of the building’s interior and exterior, you’ll want to be sure that your architect, interior designer and project manager are helping you get the most out of the space you have available. But the adventure doesn’t end there—and shouldn’t start there, either. There is a whole world of bureaucracy to navigate. abide by the law.” For people in the Anglo community, he emphasizes, this is especially challenging: “It’s not just the bureaucracy—it’s the the question of purchasing a property and the lengthy process of mentality,” he says. “For many, dealing with the Israeli mentality in title transfer through the Lands Registration Bureau (“Tabu”). Once the construction business is no less daunting than the bureaucracy. the property officially belongs to you, you’ll need to make sure your And that’s why I’m here. I’ve been working in this field for ten years, building plans comply with the national or municipal zoning plans and I’ve invested a great deal of time and effort in familiarizing myself (“Taba”), and apply for a building permit from the local planning with the system and getting to know the people in the administration. committee. A copy of the application will need I can act as a buffer for my clients.” to be sent to the neighbors and other affected The advantages of knowing the system well inparties, and they will be given an opportunity to clude far more than just the time and effort you Yehoshua and his team will present any objections to the committee. Once can save. According to Metzinger, his familiarity manage your project from the the application is approved and you obtain the with the administrative aspects of building make it initial stages of planning, permit, there are multiple inspections that must possible to help his clients get the most out of their through the construction take place. All this amounts to piles and piles of properties. “There are baseline laws and criteria, process, and until you are paperwork and many, many months of waiting and then there’s what’s beyond that. I’m able to satisfied with the final for bureaucrats to stamp them. see when a property has potential for something product. In addition, his Many architects prefer to steer clear of this more, and I know when it may be possible to obcompany offers property process, dealing only with the design and structain leniencies and take full advantage of what the acquisition consultation ture of the building and letting their clients cope system has to offer to help the client maximize the for new and old properties. with the paperwork. This is not true of Yehoshua property’s potential.” He explains that part of what Clients can attest to the fact Metzinger. “I consider dealing with bureaucracy his company does is advise property owners on that Yehoshua will guide you a profession in and of itself,” says Metzinger, an what they might be able to do to increase the value every step of the way and architect and planning professional from Jeruof a property with minimal investment. “Someensure you feel confident salem. “The expertise of an architect isn’t necestimes you can take a building in poor condition that your project is in capable sarily just sitting by the computer and planning and with just a few small adjustments, bring it to hands. and designing buildings—though that may be the an entirely different level,” he says. Yehoshua can be reached at more pleasant part of the work,” he smiles. “It’s “There are so many people who, after acquiring 054-836-5770 important to appreciate how much expertise goes a permit, just freeze, afraid to lose all the money into navigating the system: knowing who to talk they are investing—and it’s a shame,” he adds. to and when, understanding the mindset of the “My clients rest easy, confident that they will establishment and what they’re trying to achieve, get the most out of their investment thanks to and working together with the system to move the complete package of services I offer. I have projects forward as efficiently and quickly as possible.” lots of experience in every stage of the building process and I manage Metzinger recognizes that dealing with building permits is not a projects from beginning to end. Purchasing property and building can simple thing. “Sometimes the demands and criteria seem over the involve some tough choices with a lot of money hanging in the balance, top or completely illogical, and you really need to understand how and my clients know they can trust me to help them make the right the system works. While sometimes there are aspects of it that really decisions. They know they’re going to get maximum returns on their aren’t fair, for the most part, people are just trying to do their jobs and investment when they have me on their side.” THERE ARE MANY LAYERS TO THE BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS OF BUILDING OR EXTENDING PROPERTIES IN ISRAEL. First, there’s

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Tchelet Architecture and Interior Design

Designing Spaces for People and Purpose For most people, the word architecture conjures an air of exclusivity, extravagance and custom design. But architecture isn’t about hedonistic pursuits or luxury living, and custom design isn’t only for society’s elite. Anna Stavsky, founder of Tchelet Architecture and Interior Design, uses her exceptional talent to plan and renovate both residential units and commercial properties, and to bring smart design solutions to the unique field of accessible home design. The Mercaz HaChareidi for Technological Studies. Today she lives with her husband and five children in Ramat Beit Shemesh, and is currently to work after maternity leave for her third child, she was torn between completing advanced studies in Commercial Space Design. She also the familiarity of her current profession—and a new participated in a special training course at Yad Sarah, calling for interior design, a field she’d always loved. to study the design and construction requirements Anna Stavsky can be “I feel empowered in the profession I have chosen, for planning and renovating homes for people with reached at 074-702-6560, and by the work I do. On the one hand, it requires disabilities. After accumulating experience at sever054-537-5564 and immense creativity, but it also demands precision and al architectural firms, she established her own firm tchelet.archi@gmail.com. the ability to manipulate numbers, lines and angles. while continuing to work with several of the firms I’m grateful to have refined both these skills over 20 with whom she has had a long-standing relationship. years of working in the field.” “I have designed many private apartments, mainly After completing studies in Interior Design at ORT College in Jeru- in Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem, and I have worked with clients all salem in 1997, Anna obtained a degree in Architecture in 2008 at the over Israel,” she says. In recent years, her focus has been on building SWISS-BORN ANNA STAVSKY GREW UP IN ISRAEL AND OBTAINED A MASTER’S DEGREE IN BIOCHEMISTRY. When it was time to return

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additions throughout Beit Shemesh and in the North, in collaboration with other architects. Local projects include: Shorashim and Beit Ha-Baal Shem Tov event centers in Jerusalem; complete stripping and redesign of interiors of various properties in Jerusalem including an old house in the German Colony and apartments in Rechavia; planning of layout and interior design for an apartment still under construction in the Antenna Hill project in Jerusalem’s Beit Vegan neighborhood; multi-family housing in Nachal Uriya in Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef; store design for Gifts Are Us; and various construction projects in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet. Accessible home design gives Anna a special sense of satisfaction. This unique niche entails the modification of interiors to enable independent living for persons with disabilities. Accessibility is achieved

through architectural design, and by integrating features such as wheelchair accessibility, handrails and grab bars, as well as providing for mechanical or electronic devices used by disabled persons for easy use of appliances, sinks, bathtub, etc. “One such project was for a disabled woman in Yokne’am, in the North. Another client in Israel’s central region worked with me to adapt an entire floor of their home for their special-needs child. The family wanted to have a comfortable place to raise their child that would take into account both the family and their child’s specific needs. A central part of the project was the design of a unique room for the child with specialized facilities. It’s a field that’s both challenging and meaningful.” Anna offers clients comprehensive planning services. Clients present a plan of the building and Anna reviews the area, location and structure and goes over their wish list. “The initial meeting is spent getting to know the client. I make notes of their preferences and tastes, and of course, their specific practical needs. Next I draft a digital sketch of all the options so that my clients can understand everything and use the information to make decisions.” After a client has decided to work with Anna, she prepares a work plan for each element of the renovation or addition, and submits them to the relevant professionals, such as building contractor, engineer, electrician, plumber or installers for air-conditioning. “I provide all contractors with a comprehensive plan but I am still responsible for supervising and monitoring the quality of their work and their progress.” Anna works largely with the religious and charedi sectors of Israel’s population. Large families often live in small apartments and require a living space that can accommodate everything they need, including a kitchen with meat and milk sections (and often storage for Pesach utensils), children’s rooms that allow privacy for each child, and ample storage space. “Designing the kitchen layout in frum homes is a like doing a large puzzle with very small pieces,” Anna admits. “It requires double of almost everything for meat and milk, which means more food preparation surfaces, two of some appliances, and more storage space.” Living rooms are usually dominated by a dining room table which is usually disproportionally large to the space it occupies (and would literally push the room’s boundaries when extended for large gatherings and yom tov meals!). A place of honor is also designated for a bookshelf, to hold sifrei kodesh, siddurim and machzorim as well as various silver crafted items such as kiddush cups, havdallah sets, candlesticks and other ritual objects. Sometimes there is very little room for a family sitting area or other “luxuries.” Anna sees space constraints as an inspiration for particularly creative solutions. “Clever and appropriate utilization of space is complex when space is limited but is sometimes even more challenging when the area is particularly large, such as a split-level home where the separation between the living and private areas interferes with natural interaction between family members. We can avoid wasted space and remedy these issues through proper planning.” Anna plans her projects with an initial emphasis on functionality, and then incorporates aesthetics at a later stage. However, she believes that these two elements must work in tandem, even for clients in frum communities who have a budget to stick to and whose ideals mean maintaining a modest home. Her approach is one that places an importance on aesthetics without being ostentatious. There’s great value in creating a beautiful and gracious living space, that imbues a home with a unique and warm atmosphere, and can be enjoyed by all family members, especially the women who manage the house and spend a good deal of time there. Anna smiles: “I’ve seen the joy clients feel when they move into their renovated home. It’s just like the pasuk in Masechet Avot: ‘A beautiful home expands a man’s mind.’” www.YourHomeGuide.biz I 2018-2019 I YourHome I 31


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Best Call Daniel—BCD Design Oh no! The space in your kitchen is too narrow for the new fridge! What to do? Best call Daniel. No need for a stonemason to shorten the marble or a carpenter to remodel the cabinets, nor for an electrician to move the socket. You only need Daniel—and he’ll install a water line for the icemaker while he’s at it. For some, the idea of renovating their home is a black hole—I provide light and peace of mind. So how do your clients get their gas lines Daniel Abelman at a construction site in Jerusainstalled? lem to learn more. I have a trusted colleague who does it, and he’ll Please, tell me about yourself. come the same day. In fact, I have a shortlist of I was born in South Africa and I’m an interior craftsmen and service providers: builders, tilers, designer, qualified electrician and locksmith, carpenters, painters, upholsterers, curtain makand an experienced plumber with over thirty ers—you name it. I even have an alarm company years under my belt in construction, renovations that I regularly work with. We are a package deal! and house maintenance. I’ve seen and done it Seriously, these are my people, I trust them to all and can repair anything in your home. I read work in my own home. Rome wasn’t built in a day architectural and engineering plans, and no one and neither are homes in Jerusalem. I provide can pull the wool over my eyes when it comes to help and advice through all stages of the project, workers and building materials. Over the years, at times from the initial purchase of the property the tradespeople have gotten to know me and until the housewarming party. they know I don’t put up with any nonsense, so It’s suddenly gotten very noisy around here! they try to get it right the first time. We have a What’s all this ruckus? mutual understanding. Well, while it seems crazy and confusing to you, How would you define what an interior deI can tell exactly what’s happening. The tilers are signer does? at odds with the plumber because the sewage Interior designers are essentially artists who pipes are too high and the underfloor heating conceptualize an appealing and functional design guys have joined the fray. Look at that wall, it’s for the home. For example, if there is some extra Daniel Abelman of BCD going up skew. I know the mason personally and space available, I almost always recommend addDesign is an interior designer I can tell he seems distracted. Tomorrow, the ing a bathroom, especially if there are older kids with over 30 years of wall’s going to have to be pulled down and restill living at home. We can fit a toilet and shower experience in construction done. It’s a pity. combo in a smaller space than you imagine, and and renovation. He can be Looking at this I am thankful it’s not my projan extra bathroom makes for a happier home— reached at 050-888-4751 or ect; I’m only here to take measurements for the guaranteed. I see myself as a practical artist. abujabri@gmail.com. archway over the kitchen entrance and decide What’s your approach to interior design? on some colors for the walls. I have a minimalistic approach, without losBut with my experience, I can also tell that all ing touch with the concept. That means I won’t this fuss and bother could have been prevented suggest a million electrical sockets most of which will never be used. with a bit of forethought and supervision. But what I will do, is make sure somebody doesn’t forget to install What do you enjoy most about your work? the gas line to the kitchen! You cannot imagine the number of people Knowing I contributed to the warm and comfortable feeling in a who move into their home and are shocked to discover that there is home is the best part. There’s really no need for any design projno gas connection. And then the air conditioner technician turns up ect or renovation to become a nightmare for the homeowner. In and asks why there is no drain pipe for the unit in the living room. the right hands it can be a challenging, but exciting and fun-filled, Drawing from my experience, my clients can save money in the long experience. As they say: if you have any home-related work to be run. They benefit from my expertise while staying within their budget. done, best call Daniel! SO, WHO IS DANIEL AND HOW CAN HE HELP YOU CREATE AN AESTHETICALLY PLEASING AND WELL-FUNCTIONING HOME? We met with

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Practical Style from the Inside Out Tzivia Bodner’s interior design sets a new standard in the industry. After completing her studies in interior design in 1984, she worked at the Blue House Design Center; one of her first challenges was designing the sleeping quarters, play area, and workspace for a family with 11 children in two bedrooms—all of which still works and looks great after many years of use. SINCE OPENING HER OWN BUSINESS IN 1987, TZIVIA HAS DESIGNED Is there a noticeable difference between architecture in Israel and MANY RESIDENCES, from small apartments to private homes and multi- abroad? home residential areas. She places an emphasis on clean, practical design In my experience, the work of an interior designer in Israel is very differwhile staying true to the client’s vision and desires. She has recently begun ent from that of designers abroad in a few ways. One is that there are more focusing on adapting homes for people with physical limitations, making it ready-made options available abroad, so there is less of a need to order easier for them to navigate their spaces and live more independently. Today, custom-made furniture. Another is that we tend to have much less space she is considered one of the top interior designers in Jerusalem. Tzivia has here, so it’s especially crucial to make the most of every corner and free lectured on the unique design requirements of Jewish religious families, centimeter—both in order to make room for all the things the family needs and enjoys mentoring budding interior designers and helping them move in their home and to make the house feel spacious and not like a furniture forward with their careers. warehouse. It’s important for every item to have its own place. We interviewed Tzivia about her work. What are renders and how important are they? What inspired you to enter the field of architecture and interior Rendering, also known as image synthesis, is the automatic process of generdesign? ating a photorealistic or non-photorealistic image from a 2D or 3D model using I always liked to draw and create new designs. Before I even dreamed of features included in the software used by architects and designers. The results studying interior design, I advised family members of displaying such a model can be called a render. Most INTERVIEW clients can’t imagine the results of the 2D or 3D designs on the design and layout of their apartments. I joined used in architectural plans without seeing the rendered the first class of interior design studies at the ORT result. Some find it difficult to imagine the actual design institute 35 years ago, before the profession was acknowledged in Israel. even when they see the render. The importance of renders ARCHITECT AND What type of projects do you do? depends on the client. They are helpful, but not crucial. INTERIOR DESIGNER Most of my projects are residential, from minor What do you think is the strongest skill that comes renovations to designing a home from scratch. In across in your work? the past ten years I have specialized in adapting My 30 years of experience, accompanied by constant homes for people with physical limitations. In the learning of new modes and fashions and the ability to commercial field, I specialized in optometry stores, create designs based on the clients’ tastes. jewelry shops, clothing outlets and eateries. I’ve Is there a need to visit the actual worksite in person done office design for lawyers, doctors, and acduring construction or renovation? countants and can count several synagogues among Construction is not an exact science. On-site visits enmy clientele. sure that the final plans match reality; visits will reduce What’s the difference between architecture and error and sometimes inspire adjustments in the design. interior design, and do you ever just cover one What advice would you give someone who is lookaspect of a project? ing to go into the field? I believe that the architect is more involved in the Learning the profession is not the only requirement; exterior design and less involved in the practical laycreativity, sensitivity and patience, as well as good peoout of the interior—which is where interior design ple skills, are just as important. Tzivia Bodner has been What basics are important to know before beginexcels. Of course, in homes where I did both interior designing Israeli homes, stores design and architectural design, I always started from ning a project with an architect? and offices and ensuring the interior layout, and expanded to the exterior.  Home design is not an inexpensive project; cutting beautiful functioning spaces What’s the most important attribute for an incorners can end up costing more in the long run. Make for over 30 years. Tzivia can be sure you choose a designer with whom you communiterior designer to have? contacted at 053-654-3045 or I would say the ability to discern what the client cate well and who understands your mindset. That way, tziviab@gmail.com. wants, needs and likes, and to be able to combine you can ensure that the final results will be to your full satisfaction. practicality and aesthetics. 

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Your Personal Paradise IRIS LINDEN HAS BEEN DESIGNING THE INTERIORS OF HOMES FOR 15 It’s not a must, but if the client knows more or less what his style is, it YEARS. With hundreds of projects in the private and public sector under can make things easier. Usually I can get a feel for the client’s particular her belt, Iris harbors extensive knowledge and a deep love of the field. style very quickly by visiting a ceramic store with him and seeing what What got you started in interior design? types of items he’s drawn to. I work with the tastes and preferences of I was always interested in architecture and design. Rather than the client and don’t impose my own tastes on them. I keep in mind that focusing on architecture, which is more about the the client is the one who’s going to use the space, not exterior and structural characteristics of a building, me, so his opinion is most important. INTERVIEW I prefer to be involved in the interface—which means My goal is to strike a balance between the client’s getting involved with the needs and desires of the vision and what works aesthetically and practically. client: making the living space or workspace look What kinds of projects have you been INTERIOR DESIGNER and feel amazing while staying functional. involved in? At what point in the process should you be My office deals mostly with private projects, but consulted? I’ve designed offices, stores, labs, etc. I do outdoor If you’re building from scratch, the interior landscaping for the houses I work on, as well. designer should be in the picture as early as posDo you use technology in any way? sible so she can work together with the architect. I work with a sketching program. I usually don’t As mentioned, the architect focuses on the extedo renderings, but I outsource if the client wants. rior and the structure, while the interior designer In terms of construction, I embrace all the newest focuses on the client’s lifestyle, the aesthetics and technologies and materials, such as laser-cut wood, the interior atmosphere. She conducts a deep invesmetal and more. Technology is very advanced today tigation of the client’s needs and vision, and then and can produce truly beautiful, low-cost items. she can divide the space to reflect those factors. What are some of your favorite features in We work together on countless possibilities to get a home? the best results. I love large windows, especially ones that start If you’re doing a renovation, I am licensed for from relatively close to the floor and extend as high structural changes such as breaking through walls, as possible. I am partial to soft colors, interesting placing windows and doorways, etc. I plan these and colorful kitchens, large, spacious bathrooms and changes in consultation with an engineer. An arlots of light. I enjoy designing modern houses, luxury chitect’s involvement isn’t necessary with projects Iris Linden is an interior apartments and homes in a country or vintage style, like that. as well. I place a lot of emphasis on lighting and art. designer with 15 years’ What do you find most challenging about the Do you create any decorative items yourself? experience serving clients profession? Usually I plan custom-made furniture or elements from all walks of Israeli life, The biggest challenge is to create a space that is that the other professionals (woodworkers, metalincluding anglo olim. equally comfortable, practical and beautiful while workers, etc.) create, but I also make light fixtures Contact: 052-861-8938 staying within the budget. and other handcrafted items. irislindesign@gmail.com What was your most challenging project to What do you love most about your work? www.irislinden.com date? I enjoy the entire process: I start with an empty I would say it's one of the projects I’m currently lot or a ramshackle, neglected place and, step by involved in. step, turn it into a dream come true. I know I’ve done It’s a public building for a certain ideological my job when a client tells me that they don’t feel a movement and the challenge is to create an atmosphere that conveys need to go on vacation anymore because their own bedroom is more the ideas and message of that movement. It’s also a challenge to work comfortable and beautiful than any hotel room or tzimmer they've with such a large budget. ever been to! I aspire to turn my clients’ homes into their own personal Do you like clients to have a basic idea of what they want before paradise: A well-planned space with its unique design and just the right calling you? dose of styling.

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Baruch Tenenbaum is a contractor who cares about his work and takes pride in his final product. He is involved in the project from beginning to end and doesn’t compromise on quality. Baruch listens to his clients, and while he has adapted his technique to meet local standards and requirements, his customer service levels remain on the high level that his clients have come to expect.

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The Layman's Guide to Kitchen Renovations A kitchen renovation can be quite an overwhelming project. Where do you even begin? WHILE IT’S A LOT OF FUN TO LOSE YOURSELF ON PINTEREST FOR HOURS LOOKING AT PICTURES OF SPECTACULAR KITCHENS, daydreaming alone won’t get you the kitchen of your dreams; that takes careful planning, designing, budgeting and professional implementation. Your very first step is to go to a reputable kitchen center where you will be assigned to one of their experts or designers. Most kitchen centers are more than just a place to buy counters and sinks. Some offer everything from design and construction, to help with procuring permits and financing for your project. Your designer will be the one to guide you through your project from start to finish. What follows are just some of the things the team at your kitchen center can do for you. WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS? What will function best for your family in terms of cooking and dining? Are you looking to just upgrade your appliances, floors or counters? Or do you hope to gain more storage space? Do you need to gut the whole thing and start from scratch? Identifying exactly what you want to achieve is the most crucial step in any project, especially one as major as a kitchen renovation. A good kitchen designer will not rush you in this vital stage. Even if it takes a few weeks to map out a plan it’s time well spent; as it will save you from embarking on aspects of the project you may not need or can’t afford. Later, they can also help you choose everything from practical finishes and functional fixtures to furniture and appliances. Communicate any specific appliance needs you have; this will make sure that there’s room for size or door openings in the plans. The design team might ask you to visit the appliance store first if you’re unsure what’s on offer. If you dream of a display piece appliance, you need to tell your designer at this stage. THE BUDGET Once you have thoroughly identified your needs, it’s time to meet with your designer again to figure out the project’s cost. Come to the meeting well-prepared by figuring out exactly what you are willing to spend. Keep in mind that with big projects like this, costs can sometimes escalate. Unexpected things can come up; you may need to reroute pipes, there may be a necessity for more extensive electrical work than was originally quoted, and then certain cheaper materials may now be unavailable. Budget to cover for the unexpected. Your designer should be able help you put together a design that is both functional and within your budget. At this time, you should also look into getting a loan, if one is needed. Financing needs to be firmly in

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place before you bring in your work crew or buy costly supplies on credit. Additionally, make sure any permits you need are ready, so you don’t have to stop mid-renovation to deal with bureaucracy. Some kitchen centers have contacts they can recommend to help you with these processes. YOUR RENOVATION TEAM For smaller projects, advice from the salesperson at the appliance store may be all you need. For bigger projects, your kitchen center will help you decide if you also need an architect, a contractor or even an interior designer. Your kitchen designer is a source of information as to who needs to be brought in to carry out the work, and can recommend professionals that have a proven track record. One big mistake people make is attempting to save money by not hiring professionals. They enlist friends, or acquaintances, because they are “good with their hands” or “in their first year of design school.” This will often backfire, and will eventually end up costing more to fix. Professionals help plan and implement your project from start to finish with as little hassle as possible.

Mimi Elharar, is the owner of Haela Carpentry, and specializes in kitchen design. She can be contacted at 02-999-5990, 050-740-5095 or www.n-haela.co.il.

LET THE WORK BEGIN! Finally, your financing and permits are in order, your design and plans are finalized, your renovation team has been hired and you have set the start date on the actual work. Good luck! A kitchen renovation can be a stressful and overwhelming undertaking. But if you follow the steps above, you can focus on other things a kitchen renovation can be: fun, exciting and the creation of a functional and beautiful space you and your family will enjoy for years to come!


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Building Lives and Livelihoods Birkas Rifka Provides Carpentry Training in a Torah Environment and Free Furniture for the Needy

“IF THERE IS NO FLOUR, THERE IS NO TORAH; IF THERE IS NO TORAH, hands-on experience of giving and performing kindness. THERE IS NO FLOUR”—so says the Mishnah (Pirkei Avot, 3:17). Yitzchok When families qualify to receive custom-built furniture from Birkas Kitay founded the Birkas Rifka carpentry shop to address this teaching from Rifka, Kitay, or one of his co-founders, head over to meet them and assess both directions: to offer professional training to enable yeshiva students their space. These visits are often heartbreaking; large families crammed to support their families while they continue their Torah learning and to into tiny apartments, living under extremely poor conditions with children sharing beds, or sleeping on stone floors. provide free high-quality furniture to needy families. As a young man, Kitay became a roving handyman, taking jobs in between Kitay recalls visiting a home with the goal of building a bunk bed to sleep his Torah learning sessions and perfecting his skills as he gained experi- five children. After seeing a sink sticking out of the wall with cardboard ence. Eventually, a benefactor, Reb Chaim Altshtader, offered Kitay some boxes for counters, he made some adjustments to the plan, and the family extra space (an unused chicken coop) on his farm in Motza, just outside found themselves with a small brand-new kitchen, as well. It’s important to Kitay and his team to exude positivity Jerusalem, to use as a carpentry shop. Kitay set to work as a skilled carpenter, but felt a calling and respect for the beneficiaries. Kitay likes to share to pay the kindness forward and do more with the shop words of Torah as he reviews the Birkas Rifka portfolio Birkas Rifka is a 501(c)(3) than simply make a living for his own family. That’s how of design options and paint colors with the family. He nonprofit tax-exempt Birkas Rifka was born. also encourages them to pray for the Birkas Rifka team Since its founding in 1990, more than 500 men have organization in accordance to successfully complete the project. with the IRS. Donations been trained at Birkas Rifka. The program provides apThere are, unfortunately, at least a thousand families can be made online at prentices with valuable workmanship skills and training waiting to qualify for Birkas Rifka’s services. What Birkas www.birkasrifka.org, in the use of complex carpentry machinery. Kitay focuses Rifka needs to help these families—and their apprenticon teaching his students to build durable, high-quality es—is funding. or to Friends of Birkas furniture that will tolerate lots of wear and tear—both In the spirit of the original concept of Birkas Rifka, Rifka, 1340 Princeton Ave, to help the apprentices excel in their field and to provide the team created a number of fundraising programs that Lakewood, NJ 08701. the beneficiaries with products that will last a long time. aim to benefit both the giver and the receiver. One of The team is often forced to think creatively to come up these programs is “Adopt a Chessed”: an opportunity with innovative solutions for families with limited space for schools to promote character-building while raising and resources, and they have succeeded in delighting the lucky recipients funds and awareness for this worthy cause. The Birkas Rifka website of Birkas Rifka furniture. provides a comprehensive description of the program as implemented Many of the apprentices have gone on to become carpenters or trades- at Bais Yaakov D’Rav Hirsch in New York, which can be used as a model men in similar fields. But even those who chose a different field speak of for other schools. Kitay and his team strive to expand and improve the program in a number the great benefit they derived from the skills and principles they learned at the shop and from the sense of confidence and self-worth they devel- of ways. Firstly, the program needs funding to accommodate even more oped while working with their hands. They also speak enthusiastically apprentices and mashgichim. Given the growing number of olim arriving about the spiritually uplifting atmosphere of the Birkas Rifka workshop. in Israel, and young men who would like to work while keeping up their Kitay and his team channel the spirit of Torah into every activity at the Torah study, fulfilling this need is imperative. shop. Workers recite, “Yehi ratzon shetishlach bracha b’maasei yadeinu,” Secondly, they need more machinery to increase productivity, which (“May You bless the work of our hands”) at the start of every day and Kitay would enable them to help more families, faster. Finally, Birkas Rifka’s goal regularly organizes siyumim, inviting respected rabbis to speak and is to move into a new and larger space that would allow them not only to inspire the apprentices in their work. Torah tapes are played all accommodate more apprentices and equipment, but to also implement day long, so there is a veritable Beis Medrash atmosphere. training programs for additional trades such as appliance repair, That’s what sets Birkas Rifka apart: the apprenticeplumbing and electrical work. The team at Birkas Rifka warmly invites you to schedship aims to build up each trainee emotionally and spiritually, while providing him with ule an appointment via phone or email to come visit valuable skills, some income and the and see for yourself the wonderful work they do.

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The Backsplash as Canvas With interior design trending towards more open-plan layouts, today’s kitchen has evolved into the nerve center of the home. It’s where we meet and greet family and friends, hang out, do homework, surf the web and share the details of our day. The kitchen is the busiest room in the home—it’s where we live.

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scenery of the Land of Israel in gentle watercolors, from the Dead Sea almost always overlooked as a place for fine art because cabinetry and to the Judean Hills to Rachel’s Tomb. appliances leave little space. “Using the backsplash as a canvas for The response was overwhelming—so much so that Ort decided to art is a great way to create the look, ambience and personality with make her unique tile collections and murals the primary focus of her which you want to imbue your home,” says artist Chaya Esther Ort, brand, Kiyor Art & Tile. who creates hand-painted tile collections and murals on tile. The Kiyor, the copper rinsing-fountain used by the priests in Tem“The backsplash is really the only large available surface for art in ple times, is a quintessential example of functional art: being both the kitchen,” notes Ort. “Utilizing it for original art on tile turns a great magnificently handcrafted and an indispensable part of the daily kitchen into an extraordinary one.” By integrating service in the Beit Hamikdash. Ort could think of no functionality with aesthetics, Ort offers a new albetter name for her brand of functional art, which ternative to conventional tiles—one that has been combines artistry and usability, something she says enthusiastically received by both homeowners and reflects her deep belief that the physical and spiritual are inextricably connected. design professionals. Ort, who comes from a family of artists, develCreating a tile mural is a collaboration. “I start by oped a passion for working in clay as a teenager in talking to clients about the atmosphere, look and feel Toronto. In 2008, she made aliyah with her husband they want in their home. I ask them about colors, texand three of their children. tures, genre and subject matter,” explains Ort. Some“When we moved to Nachlaot, I was just enchanttimes it’s hard for clients to articulate exactly what ed by the rhythm and color of life in Jerusalem, parthey want, so Ort helps them fine-tune their vision ticularly the Shuk,” she says. “I was so taken with the by going online with them to look at different genres, Chaya Esther Ort lives and themes and palettes. Then she sketches out the basic vibrancy of life, I began taking pictures everywhere works in Jerusalem. Her brand, I went. One day I had the idea of painting these bitecomposition, followed by more detailed color comps. Kiyor Art & Tile, is based on size vignettes on tile. There were sweet little garOnce approved, she puts up a final true-size verher belief that when beauty dens, charming alleys and archways, distressed old sion to see it in the context of the entire kitchen. Only and imagination combine with doors, stalls of the —even colorful laundry hung then does she take brush to tile, using a variety of usability and practicality, the media to create an original painting that is glazed out on lines were fodder for tiles.” things we use in everyday and fired. Then it’s ready to be installed. About two years ago, she had an “Aha!” moment: life become a kind of sacred Why not treat the backsplash tiles as a single canvas In addition to custom tiles and murals, Ort offers celebration of life. It's called for an original, hand-painted mural? She got her first a selection of functional ceramic art. "functional art," and it's...a commission from a neighbor who was renovating For more information visit www.kiyor.gallery.com beautiful thing. her kitchen. What resulted was a stunning work or check out her Facebook page: Kiyor Art & Tile. of art that covers the entire backsplash: flowing

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Ayal Ganim 052-327-2301 gardensbd1@gmail.com

n Gan Eden Gardeners 052-251-6156 moshesaar90@gmail.com

n Dan Gordon Landscapes 054-816-2416 daagordon@gmail.com

Green Design050-771-1108 roysamuchi@walla.com

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n Noam Amiry Landscape Design 02-651-3250 www.amiry.co.il

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n Element Wood Design 050-676-3222 www.wooden-pergolas.co.il

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n Over the Roof Pergolas  052-480-8764 www.mikihanuni.info

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Specialists in all types of wood installations: Custom wood flooring Decks & pergolas Flooring for professional dance, fitness and martial arts studios Yurts Fences & bridges Playground equipment Accessibility solutions

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Furniture, Appliances&Decor P L A N N I N G & D E S I G N I C O N ST R U CT I O N & R E N O VAT I O N S I E N C LO S U R E S , W I N D OWS & D O O R S I K I TC H E N S , C A R P E N T RY & T I L E S I A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G & H E AT I N G I O U T D O O R D E S I G N I S E RV I C E S

n GB Appliances02-671-6776 info@gb-appliances.com

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n AGID Curtains052-370-5991

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Lumenor the art of lighting08-944-8866 lumenorm@gmail.com n Malchut Wall Clocks 052-713-4437 bngoodtimes@gmail.com Menoramika Lighting052-554-7471 ilanayarden@gmail.com

n Rehitov054-843-4054 Room Store073-736-8440 r7329004@gmail.com n Sherut Hamusmach  054-310-0715 02-500-2227 n Shpitz Furniture02-538-6340 5386340@gmail.com

n Mr. Electric Appliances050-997-7788 electric@012.net.il

Shulchan Mlachim02-994-7943 77rahitim@gmail.com

n Outlet 054-911-7838 www.outletisrael.net

Sofa Market08-630-9191

n Kimchi Designs02-535-4874 052-321-3980 ww.kimchidesigns.com

n Panet Electrical Appliances02-537-7903 panetelectric@gmail.com

n Steven Cohen Glomar Curtains  03 -538-6000 050-674-0675 058-477-5155 www.glomar.co.il

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LED Plus

Illuminate Your Surroundings LED Plus is a chain of stores that offers cutting-edge lighting solutions for homes and businesses. LED light bulbs offer many advantages over their older counterparts, and LED Plus helps their customers leverage these advantages to illuminate spaces in the most functional, economical and aesthetically pleasing light possible. We asked Avi Koritz, CEO, about the chain and what LED lighting technology has to offer. TELL US ABOUT THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN YOUR BUSINESS.

For many years we were involved in big projects like schools, stores, yeshivot and shuls. We accumulated a lot of experience in the industry, and we still work with institutions and building projects. After all these years working with big projects, however, we expanded our customer base to bring our expertise to individual homeowners. We help them use lighting to make their homes beautiful and functional or showcase their art or furniture in literally the best light possible. How long have you been running a business in Bet Shemesh? We have branches in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and Beitar, and recently opened another in Beit Shemesh a year ago. Who are your customers? Institutions, businesses, and individuals who want high-quality lighting for their home or business. What range of light fixtures do you offer? We have a beautiful showroom where we have all our options on display. We offer everything from the simple and practical to the dazzling and elaborate; there are many varieties and styles of light fixtures, accessories, spotlights… in short, anything to do with lighting. necessary fixtures and accessories so you don’t need to shop around. Whatever you might be looking for—modern, classic, elegant, practical Additionally, unlike others in the industry, we’re very hands-on in for kids—we have it here. Our specialization is LED. terms of customer service. We invest a lot in ensuring that our cusWhat are the advantages of LED? tomers have a great product that satisfies them. LED is superior to fluorescent or incandescent in every imaginable Can interior designers come to consult with you? way. First of all, LED is more efficient by an order of magnitude. LED Of course! We have a whole department that works with interior delight bulbs consume a fraction of the electricity consumed by other signers. We understand their needs and devote our time and attention types, and they last much longer; about 30,000 to help them achieve perfect results. hours. So they’re much better for the environment How have changes in technology affected and your pocket. your business? INTERVIEW Second of all, LED is far more versatile. There’s LED used to be an expensive technology, and a much wider range in terms of the strength and not long ago it was a questionable investment. quality of the light they emit, so you can choose Thankfully, the technology has become much LED PLUS the right type of light for your environment, procheaper and more ubiquitous. Today LED light viding just the right amount of light to see everybulbs costs the same as other types but provide Led Plus is located at thing clearly without being harsh on the eyes. so many more benefits. Beit Shemesh: Shaarei Hair Mall The light can be “cooler” or “warmer” depending What guarantees do you offer for your light (next to Rami Levy), 02-502-0300; on the atmosphere you prefer in the room. The fixtures? Yerushalayim: Kanfei Nesharim 3, bulbs are also available in a much wider range of We offer a warranty of up to two years on all 02-502-0302; sizes and shapes, making it possible to use them products, but our service guarantee is much Beitar: Panim Meirim 3, in ways you’d never be able to use other kinds of longer: return customers get full service at any 02-502-0301 light bulbs. time after two years. We’ve never turned away What is unique about your business? a customer who wanted to get something fixed We offer not only the widest range of LED fixbecause it wasn’t under warranty. tures in the area, but also lighting consultation. You may have a beauWhat are your hopes for the future of your business? tifully designed home, with decorative light fixtures, but if it’s not At the moment it’s to continue to provide the best service available illuminated properly, you won’t be able to enjoy it. Our experts come to our customers. We’d love to see the field of LED lighting grow and to your home and advise you on what type of lighting would be most develop, and we’d love to open more stores and service more locations practical and complementary to your space, and we will provide the in the future.

Avi Koritz

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Mister Electric

Choosing the Right Workhorse Appliances Here’s some tips for choosing the appliances that will serve you best and bring you joy for many years to come IF YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE IN THE MORNING AND THERE’S LESS THAN THREE APPLIANCES WORKING FOR YOU—YOU’RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT! Our appliances work for us, not the

other way around. You shouldn’t have to take temperament and inconsistencies into account. But when shopping for appliances, potential buyers may focus on prices and features; forgetting to consider additional factors that can make a difference in how the appliance will serve them. Here’s some tips for choosing the appliances that will serve you best and bring you joy for many years to come; you can confidently shut your front door knowing that your appliances will reliably sort the household load in no time at all.

Moreover, many people find it convenient to stack a meat and a dairy oven on top of each other, with the microwave on top. Bear in mind, if there are kids in the house old enough to use the microwave, they’re going to have some trouble reaching it. It’s not only impractical to remove hot food from a microwave at that height—it can be hazardous. It would be wise to have these needs in mind before you design your kitchen. VISUAL CONSIDERATIONS

Another consideration sometimes overlooked is the way the appliances will fit in the overall room design. The kitchen appliances should speak a common visual language. There should be shared aesthetic features that create visual harmony— whether it’s matching buttons, handles, colors, SAFE AND PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS or other decorative elements. Ilan Ben Harush is the owner of When researching which appliance is optimal for When you work with a kitchen designer they Mister Electric, one of the best-kept your needs, don’t forget to consider how your will normally recommend a built-in oven to maxisecrets of the electronics retail height and capability will affect the appliance’s mize counter space. The Provencal kitchen design, industry in central Jerusalem. ease of use. A two-meter tall refrigerator might currently trending on the market, is different in Thanks to his lifelong familiarity be an excellent choice for someone looking for that the kitchen’s focus is the beautiful appliwith all components of the system, storage space, but if the family members using the ances, in effect, centerpieces—therefore in this he offers superior products at refrigerator are on the shorter side, they’re going case, a stand-alone oven would be the appliance highly competitive prices—but to find it pretty frustrating—if not impossible—to of choice. above all, he is proud to provide get stuff from the higher shelves. While keeping The appliances are the most important features knowledgeable, dedicated and a stepstool nearby might be practical, you may of the kitchen. A consultation with an appliance enthusiastic customer service. You expert is recommended, this will help you choose also have to keep Hatzala’s number on speed dial. can contact Ilan on 050-997-7788. the perfect appliances first, and then you can plan Similarly, someone with back problems or difand build the cabinetry around them. ficulties bending down is going to have trouble Whatever appliances you end up choosing, loading and unloading a washer or dryer with a standard-height front-loading door. In these cases, we would recom- treat them well and they will give you many years of good service and satisfaction. mend a machine with a higher door. Yes, they exist. 128 I YourHome I 2018-2019 I www.YourHomeGuide.biz


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APPLIANCE REPAIR n GB Appliances02-671-6776 www.gb-appliances.com D.N Appliance Repair, Dan Home and Building Maintenance050-991-3001 dvirnoyhadad@gmail.com

nA  vi Yisrael054-882-0086 052-260-8086 aviisrael7965@gmail.com Handyman Yaakov052-898-8686 yaakovspira@gmail.com

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n Handymench052-342-7429 dave@handymench.co www.handymench.co

Elia Appliance Repair 053-218-3863 elia.14.2.2012@gmail.com

nM  r. Fix it 050-593-6333 netanelweinman@gmail.com

CLEANING & POLISH

nM  y Handyman054-846-2185 1myhandyman@gmail.com

n Electrem

EG Cleaning052-748-2661 cleaningeg@gmail.com Polishuk - Nikayon Lelo Meshek Bayit053-685-6392 ovadia_mizrachi@walla.com

Rami Handyman050-988-0822 ramihefetz@walla.co.il

n The Pro  054-222-0141 www.jerusalem-handyman.com INSURANCE

ELECTRICIANS 052-765-8706

Best Insurance02-651-9343 shmuelbest2013@gmail.com

Dovid Akselrud  02-992-4745 Electriciandakselrud@gmail.com

nE  gert Cohen02-623-2546 shimon@egertcohen.co.il

Electro Migdal02-625-1633 asi219@walla.co.il

Epstein Insurance02-580-8214 office@epsteininsuranceisrael.com

Elisha Electrician052-711-2935 0527112935e@gmail.com

LOCKSMITH

n Boaz Lederman

Gavriel Feinstein  053-317-2220 Electriciangavriel.feinstein@gmail.com n Handymench052-342-7429 dave@handymench.co www.handymench.co Michael (Machluf)  052-244-4655 Electricianmalka1148@gmail.com n Michoel Guttman050-787-8989 Nachman Biton  054-854-3767 Electriciannachmanbiton@gmail.com Tsur Electricity050-837-2278 tsur.e.w@gmail.com Yeshaya Electrician

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EXTERMINATORS n Kobi Hadbarot050-535-2828 Barak Exterminator052-376-3879 davidbarak879@gmail.com Touti Brothers02-581-3613 touti04@netvision.net.il Vizel Hadbarot-extermination  054-853-7703, 054-846-2080 motale100@gmail.com n Moshiko052-799-7411 mosheydi1@gmail.com

n Ahavat Yisrael Movers050-865-4666 Birkat HaBayit054-852-9922 e2101848@gmail.com

Jerusalem Holdings 054-785-2888 02-500-3885 jerusalemholdings@gmail.com

n Derech Eretz Movers052-765-5581

n Master Plumbing055-667-9037

Hovala Lee054-746-6698 hovala-lee@gmail.com

Mishaan Levitz Plumbing and Renovations LTD. 0522-403-557 Mishaanlevitz@gmail.com

n Hovalot Hayovel1700-55-06-55 hovalothayovel@gmail.com Ido Movers050-531-1126 Mini Moving053-270-0529 sheinman@012.net.il Shay Movers02-582-9272 hovalotshay@gmail.com n Yair Movers052-669-6285 PAINTERS n Claude Bauer 050-875-3507, 02-535-4704 claudeabauer@gmail.com n Dovi Levental052-707-8020 curlypeyos@gmail.com Dr. Tzeva Style & Color 052-426-1121 moranbo19@walla.com

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Eli Plumber SOS050-864-1163

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n Yehudit Margalit02-650-1544 mortgage@judithmargalit.biz

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Master Plumbing

Who Sprung That Leak Communal piping diagnostics

YOU’RE A RESPONSIBLE RESIDENT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR UTILITIES. YOU PAY ON TIME, YOU PERFORM REGULAR MAINTENANCE AND YOU MAKE SURE TO CALL A PROFESSIONAL AS SOON AS A PROBLEM CROPS UP. But while you can control and sometimes prevent

faults in your own home’s various systems – such as your plumbing – you are still at the mercy of the shared infrastructure that brings these utilities into your and your neighbors’ homes. This is particularly relevant to communal water pipes in an apartment block or townhouse, and the question of determining who is required by law to pay for maintenance or repairs. Ariel Baror, CEO of Master Plumbing and an experienced plumbing contractor and consultant, tells us how it works. THE PROS AND CONS OF COMMON PROPERTY “Certain types of plumbing problems occur in buildings that have been around for twenty years or more due to wear-and-tear from long-term use, or corrosion,” says Ariel. “But in recent years, the high-volume growth and popularity of residential towers in Israel has led to a series of new challenges.” While newer buildings should comply with the most stringent standards in plumbing and water systems, there is an increased likelihood of plumbing problems. This is either due to residents’ flushing various hygiene items down the toilet, structural settling or building residue. The problem is further exacerbated by the complexity of more advanced systems and the introduction of water pumps, as well as extensive use of the system by a large number of residents in each building.

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STILL WATERS RUN DEEP Most plumbing problems don’t develop overnight. Usually they begin with a slow and continuous leak, which silently and gradually corrodes the infrastructure, leading to its deterioration. One fine day, a pipe bursts or a drain is blocked and the damage to your property and your pocket can run pretty deep. So what should you do if you begin to notice the tell-tale damp stain on your ceiling or suddenly find yourself mopping up a flooded bathroom? “The first thing to do is contain the damage. Close the water mains and clean up what you can. Then contact the relevant party (vaad bayit or neighbor) as soon as possible.” But how exactly can one diagnose the source of the problem and determine who is responsible for repairing and paying for the damage? VAAD BAYIT AND OTHER PROFANITIES The vaad bayit is a superintendent committee usually voted in by a building’s residents which manages all common ownership aspects of a property (although most vaad bayit members would claim they were held at gunpoint until they acceded to the position). By law, the vaad bayit is obligated to repair any problem in communal property. Communal property in plumbing terms is defined as all pipelines between the municipal infrastructure (contracted water and sewage companies), the building, and each apartment’s private water meter. The law states that this includes all areas of a building – the stairwell, roof, miklat, external walls and water facilities designated for the building as a whole – but not the apartments themselves. Regular wear-and-tear, poor maintenance or negligence can lead to


problems in a building’s plumbing infrastructure. “Everything that is flushed from one individual apartment could at some point block the entire building’s sewage system,” Ariel says. “The best remedy for any problem is prevention. Periodic maintenance, comprehensive insurance and sufficient levy funds can help to alleviate the high costs involved in repairing unexpected problems,” is his advice. A good, onthe-ball vaad bayit will make sure to have a plan of action for events that can’t be predicted in advance or prevented altogether, such as a burst pipe or sewage blockage. In Israel, often a number of buildings on a block were built at the same time and by the same contractor and marketed as a “building project.” Creating an alliance with other vaad bayit committees on the same block can be valuable. “You can even examine the option of jointly paying for a sewage truck to do maintenance work every few years on the pipelines shared by the buildings on the block, to intercept and prevent future problems.”

UNDER PRESSURE One of the most frustrating problems is low or no water pressure. It’s one thing to wash your hands under a trickling faucet, but it’s another to be covered in soapy suds with only a thin stream of water to rinse yourself off. “It’s worth checking first if all the apartments in your building are experiencing the same problem, even though this is uncommon today since most local authorities have already replaced the central plumbing in most buildings and water pressure is much better,” says Ariel. “If after investigation it turns out to be a shared problem, there are efficient and affordable ways to fix water pressure, and all residents share the cost.”

IS THERE A WAY TO GO OFF THE GRID? Had enough of waking up at 5:30am to the sound of your neighbor’s shower through the pipes in the wall? Tired of having to deal every few days with a blocked sewage pipe caused by your neighbors’ irresponsible disposal habits? Shared water infrastructure can be frustrating, WHODUNNIT? but it’s not necessary to get your pipelines in a knot and spend your But what if the source of the problem isn’t so clear-cut? In most cases, common water lines run vertically up a building, so days in confrontational exchange with your neighbors. “I get a lot of complaints about murky water rising up into the kitchif there’s water damage on the ceiling of a bathroom, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that the source of the leak is from the en sink,” Ariel discloses. First floor apartments suffer from sewage neighbor above. In this case, the neighbor above is responsible to call odors and other unpleasant side-effects of close-quarter living. “If a plumber or claim from insurance to take care of the problem and there’s a blockage somewhere in a building’s sewage pipes, the sewrepair the damage. age starts to overflow on the building’s lower floors. New buildings When a plumbing or sewage problem can be easily traced back have all kinds of pumps that solve the problem, but some have grown to a building’s common water infrastructure, whether in pipes that weary of constantly negotiating with the vaad bayit every time their serve two or more apartments or in damage incurred by two or more apartment is flooded with waste, and simply want to solve the issue apartments, it’s irrefutable that the responsibility is shared by all once and for all.” residents of the building who are obligated to share the repair costs. In newer buildings, pipes are covered in special insulation to muffle A more complex example is a leak from a communal pipe that serves the sounds of the plumbing system as water moves around the building. all building residents, but passes horizontalBut in old buildings, the pipes are exposed, and ly through the bathroom or laundry room of every time someone turns on the faucet, you hear a specific apartment. Even if the leak was the pipes groaning. Ariel suggests: “A possible caused by the negligence of the original solution is to call a professional to insulate the building contractor, the vaad bayit or relinside of your apartment. It won’t break the bank evant party must first repair the damage, and you’ll finally be able to catch a few extra Z’s.” and only then may they sue the contractor Sometimes creative and unconventional soluif they wish. tions are the answer, and going solo is one of them. The plot thickens even further when there Disconnecting from the building’s plumbing and is a problem somewhere in a building’s comconnecting through a separate pipeline might cost mon infrastructure that bothers only some you a couple of thousands of shekels, depending residents. For example, a resident on the on whether you need to drill through kitchen cabfirst floor suffers from the smell of sewage, inets or bathroom flooring, and what floor your or a resident on the top floor suffers from apartment is on, but it will give you complete indamp as a result of a leak in the roof of the dependence. You can even lower costs by teaming building. But they are the only ones directly up with the owner of an adjacent apartment and affected by these problems. It would be ilmove to a new shared plumbing system. logical or illegal to expect these residents to Every year, thousands of disputes and legal take care of the problem, and the vaad bayit claims are filed by building residents requesting is required to handle the cost and repairs. compensation for water damage. But at the end If there’s a lot of feet-dragging when it of the day, most of your neighbors are good peocomes to getting the damage repaired, Ariel ple just like you and will take care of a plumbing Ariel Baror is the founder of recommends perseverance. “If the water problem that turns out to be their responsibiliMaster Plumbing, an exclusive damage to your apartment was caused by a ty. Vaad bayit members are your neighbors too! plumbing contract company. neighbor’s pipe, contact the owner immeThey bear the brunt of conflict and maintenance which offers extensive services diately. If the owner is uncooperative, don’t issues for the entire building. So just like when you to private and commercial give up. Enlist the help of the vaad bayit. made aliyah and had to get used to the quirks of clients. Ariel speaks Hebrew, If the vaad bayit is uncooperative, consult Israeli bathrooms (Why doesn’t hot water come English and Spanish. with an attorney. Sometimes you have to out when I turn on the hot water faucet? Why are Ariel can be reached at nag, remind, knock on doors, send a letter, there two buttons on the toilet flusher?), you’ll 055-667-9037. and repeat steps one to four until you see learn to love and appreciate your plumbing (and results. But remember: It’s your right.” your vaad bayit) in no time.

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The Plumber with Golden Hands and do my own assessment. Most of the time, this keeps us from getting into these types of problems. However, it is always best to give me rusalem and Beit Shemesh areas. He was trained all the information you can. and certified by the State of New York DepartWhat information a client should provide GOLDEN HANDS P L U M B I N G , H E AT I N G ment of Labor and Plumbers and has more than 15 up front? & AIR CONDITIONING years of experience in residential and commercial You should explain the current problem as well plumbing, heating and air conditioning. as the history behind it. Is it a recurring problem? How did you get started in the business? Have other people worked on it and if so, what At the age of 20, I began a rigorous five-year did they do? training program with the #1 trade school of the Any tips on how to prevent plumbing problocal plumbers’ union. Throughout my training, I lems? worked with plumbing contractors in the union, First of all, avoid throwing wipes and sanitary doing everything from plan reading and layout products in the toilet. These products don’t break to installing new infrastructure. I also learned to up and they cause blockages in the system. Also, install and repair heating and air conditioning I recommend avoiding pouring grease and fats systems. I graduated with a NY State plumbing down the kitchen drains. The grease solidifies and certificate as well as certifications in medical slowly constricts the drain, like a clogged artery. gas, back-flow prevention, soldering and brazing. Another suggestion is to install a filtration sysFor the next 15 years, I worked both privately tem on the house that reduces mineral buildup and with the union in NY. Eight years ago, I made on the valves and faucets that constricts the flow aliyah and brought my business here. of water. It also damages the heating elements in Golden Hands Plumbing, Heating Was there anything about the plumbing inboilers as well as other appliances. & Air Conditioning provides dustry in Israel that you found difficult to get What was one of the most challenging projinstallation and repair services used to when you made aliyah? ects you took on while living in the US? in the Gush Etzion, Jerusalem I think the most difficult change was that in While living in NY one winter, I got a call at 9 PM and Beit Shemesh areas. NY the plumbing code is rigid and strictly adfrom a client who had just returned to the home You can get in touch with hered to. Before opening any walls, you would they were house-sitting to find that the heating Ely at 054-303-5193 or already know what to expect. Here in Israel, there wasn’t working and there was water throughout are no real codes; plumbing lines are installed goldenhandsplumbing@gmail.com. the house. After an extensive search, I found that at the whim of the installer. And the fact that the hot water baseboard had frozen and split the construction here is all concrete and sheetrock copper piping in 17 places! I drained the system (as opposed to wood frame, which is used in the and cut and soldered new connections, and finally US) brings added challenges to leak detection. For this reason, I pur- at 3:30 in the morning I was able to turn the heat back on. chased leak-detection equipment including moisture meters and a And what about in Israel? thermal-imaging camera, as well as a sewer inspection camera. One client had a recurring leak in their water line that was causing Do you find that Israelis use their heating systems differently water damage to the surroundings. They would fix the leak, repair than what you are used to in America? the damaged areas—and then within a month or two they would Yes. Americans usually use heating systems set on thermostats, have another leak in a similar location. When they called me, they which turn on and off automatically throughout the season to maintain explained that this scenario had happened three or four times and a consistent temperature. Israelis, by contrast, tend to run their sys- they were at a loss. The next time the leak returned we were able tems for a few hours at a time, as needed, because of the higher costs. to solve the issue once and for all: I searched the area and when I Was there ever a situation where a client didn’t tell you every- found mouse droppings, I put two and two together. It seems that thing you needed to know at the outset, which would have saved mice were eating through the piping! So I fixed the pipe and brought you both a lot of time? in an exterminator to deal with the rodent problem. Since then they Of course! I try to ask my own questions to understand the situation have been leak-free. ELY GREENBERG IS A SKILLED PROFESSIONAL PLUMBER AND HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING SPECIALIST servicing the Gush Etzion, Je-

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Under Maintenance Every home requires maintenance and that usually means calling a professional to keep everything running smoothly. But in some cases, basic DIY knowledge could save you the cost of hiring a handyman. We asked Naftali of My Handyman Services for some DIY solutions. REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT THE SAFETY of doing

it yourself, it's best to call an experienced professional.

the meter and it’s still running, that means the meter is broken. Once again, in these cases, it’s time to call your handyman.

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It’s early Sunday morning and you’re awakened by the sound of a crying baby. You stumble out of bed, flick on the light to avoid tripping over the post-Shabbos pile of toys, but the hallway remains dark. DIY TIP: Make sure your Shabbos clock is not on Shabbos mode! If it’s not, and your neighbors’ electricity is working fine, call a reliable handyman. It’s erev Shabbos, the chicken is in the oven, the hot plate is set up and the Shabbos candles are waiting… Suddenly, the electricity trips and your power is out. DIY TIP: Unplug all electrical appliances, particularly those with heating elements, such as urns and ovens. Heating element malfunctions can cause the electricity to trip. Then flip the mains back on. If you still can’t locate the culprit, put in a pre-Shabbos call to your handyman, pronto! EXTRA TIP: If your boiler seems to be taking a long time to heat up (most traumatic on erev Shabbos!), the heating element may have limestone buildup, which impairs its efficiency. Have a handyman check it out.

Your 6-year-old seems to be taking a very long time in the bathroom. You suddenly hear him, panicked, pounding on the bathroom door and rattling the handle. He’s locked in! DIY TIP: Call a professional handyman right away! Don’t wait for “the next time.” If, with daily use, you notice that a lock mechanism isn’t working smoothly or a handle is getting stuck, get it fixed when the problem starts. PAINT

Years of sticky fingers have left their mark on your apartment walls. Your staircase and kitchen desperately need a new coat of paint. DIY TIP: It’s wise to do some research on the types of paint available. High-quality paint from a reliable company is an absolute must if you want a coat of paint that will last and Naftali of My Handyman Services offers several different types. Under the capable The most economical is matte paint, which is the management of Naftali standard for simple jobs. Next, there’s Super Coat Simcha, My Handyman 2000, which has a nice sheen and can smooth over Services provides full repair indentations. Then there’s Meshi paint, which is and renovation service for glossy and relatively easy to clean, but if you want homes in the Beit Shemesh a level up from that, there’s PolyOr by Tambor, area and has now expanded to WATER which creates a sturdy, glossy finish that’s very service Har Nof as well. For easy to clean for long-term maintenance. There’s a sound of giggling coming from the a free consultation or Naftali also works with the premium paint bathroom. When you push the door open, you any questions, call brand Benjamin Moore, which is in a league of discover one of your two-year-old twins unrolling 054-846-2185 or email its own in terms of quality and variety. The main toilet paper into the toilet bowl while the other 1myhandyman@gmail.com advantage of this high-end brand is that it conis flushing the toilet at 15-second intervals. The and enjoy reliable service tains no harsh chemicals such as petrol, and is hytoilet is clogged and the water is rising steadily! from a team of trustworthy po-allergenic, which is good news for asthmatics. DIY TIP: Locate a toilet plunger and force it down professionals. Benjamin Moore’s ten-year guarantee promises to the bottom of the toilet bowl. This should disthat the color you choose is the exact wall color lodge the soggy tissue mess and allow the water you’ll get and that it won’t fade. to drain properly. Of course, better quality paint often carries a Your husband shows you last month’s water bill. You exchange incredulous looks. There’s no way you used that higher price tag, but the difference in cost is negligible in the context of the entire project. You will enjoy a more durable world-class paint much water! DIY TIP: The most common reason for an unusually high water bill is that will last longer and be easier to maintain. If DIY fails, before calling your handyman, compile a full list of jobs an undetected leak. First, check the toilets and listen for the noise of running water; there may be a leak from the toilet tank. If there’s no that need to be done; that way you can avoid multiple calls and visits. water running in the house and your meter is still running, that’s a good Ask for the highest-quality materials within your budget. A cheaper indication that there’s a leak. If you turn off your water main next to product will cost you more in the long-term.

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BH Security Solutions

Tailored Security Systems to Shield Those You Cherish Benyamin Patino, of BH Security Solutions, immigrated to Israel as a young man and focused on learning a trade that would eventually support a family; he picked the security industry. A calculated business move at the time, and one that he hoped would put him in a position to help people and enable him to apply himself and develop his potential. He says, “…the business has definitely helped me develop an ability to think out of the box; and I have become particularly adept at providing creative solutions for intricate projects.” WE SPOKE TO BENYAMIN TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING

of what’s out there and how he can help families keep their homes secure. Where did you learn the trade? Originally, I learned the profession at the In-Line College of Technologies in Petach Tikvah. It needs to be said, in this business, you are always learning. In the seven years I have worked in the industry, things have changed so much. We are constantly researching, taking courses and checking in with leading security manufacturers as the world of hi-tech security innovates at an astonishing speed and we must keep up-to-date with all the latest products and systems. As a result, I can offer our clients the best security choices available on the market today. What security products and services do you offer? We offer comprehensive safety and security packages for both residential and business clients; for schools, synagogues, retail stores, offices, factories, and storage facilities, to name but a few. These packages can include wired or wireless security systems, cameras, sensors, intercoms and safety detectors. We also provide repair services, system checks, follow-up calls and support when needed. We are here for anyone who wants advice on how to keep their families, employees and possessions safe and secure!

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Which areas do you service? We predominantly service Jerusalem and the greater Beit Shemesh area, though our client base extends also to Modiin and the surrounding yishuvim. How does your company differentiate itself? We offer only top-quality brands with a proven track record. We provide our clients with personalized, highly detailed quotes that never contain hidden fees. Our technicians work neatly using high-end finishes so only minimal wiring will be visible. After installation, we take the time to make sure our clients understand how to operate their new system. After we leave, we are available to answer questions and address any concerns the client may still have. In general we understand the Anglo community and can cater to its needs. Why is it important to have an alarm system at home? A properly installed, comprehensive security system can act as a vital deterrent, as well as provide you with the peace of mind that you are doing the best you can to keep your loved ones and other valuables safe. You cannot put a price on that! How do alarm systems help in preventing burglaries? Some years ago, a study was conducted at the University of North Carolina that examined the motivations and methods of hundreds of convicted intruders. The study found that most of the burglars consid-


ered the presence of deterrents such as alarms, outdoor cameras and and failure. In the long run, spending a little extra for a name-brand other surveillance equipment when choosing a potential residential product is the best decision one can make for the safety of their loved or commercial target. ones and possessions. Approximately 83% of the criminals said they would first try deWhat about Shabbat-friendly alarms? termining if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and Our systems come with a certificate from the Tzomet Institute. We’ve 60% said they would seek an alternative target. This was particularly had clients who were fooled into thinking their system was kosher true among those who were more likely to spend time deliberately for use on Shabbat. We encourage the public to make sure they get and carefully planning a burglary. documented proof that the system they are having installed is truly If a burglar still attempts to enter a protected home, he will trigger approved for use on Shabbat. the alarm either by setting off the outdoor sensors or by attempting Which route to take: wired or wireless alarms? to force open the door or window bars. The ensuing ear-splitting siren Depends. Let’s start with the basics: both systems operate using will not only tell him his “break-in time” is severely limited, but it will the house’s electricity and come with a backup battery supply in also, most likely, scare him off completely. the event of power outages. The term wireless here means that What makes a good security system? the movement sensors, siren & keyboard emit a signal to the main A good security system should alert you or the authorities well before control panel instead of the message being sent via wires. This is an intruder breaks in. That’s why we recommend not via Wi-Fi, it’s through the system’s built-in outdoor, motion detectors (where possible) and/ signal device. or window detectors and a loud siren. If you are a homeowner who doesn’t have INTERVIEW wiring set up for an alarm, or you’re renting An effective security system cannot be neutralized by an attempt to cut the power or phone and don’t want to damage the walls, wireless lines or to cover or damage the motion detectors. has big advantages. Some being: neat, tubesIt should be false-alarm free; this depends on free installation, detectors that can be moved or both the quality and strategic placement of the added easily (by a professional), no wires that detectors. That’s why it’s important to hire only are subject to damage due to accidental cutting BH SECURITY SOLUTIONS trained professionals. A plus feature to look out during renovations, etc. for is a system that can also be linked to smoke The main disadvantage is that because the detectors, which not only makes it an all-in-one, siren and detectors are battery operated, the but also alerts you even when you are out the batteries will need replacing from time to time. That being said, the systems we install do have house—unlike traditional smoke detectors. How do you customize your security systhe longest battery life available on the market— tems for each client? they last for years! Can wireless alarms be hacked? When we schedule a consultation, we give ourselves plenty of time to thoroughly assess That depends on the quality of the system. A each client’s specific needs. We discuss their cheap one can indeed be hacked using radio-jammain fears and concerns and then, keeping that ming or code-grabbing devices. The alarms we in mind, we methodically inspect their premises install make use of two-way communication to determine which areas of their home or busitechnology and advanced encryption standard ness are most vulnerable to break-ins. Finally, (AES), making it impossible to be hacked. Benyamin can be reached at we design a personalized system comprised Please tell us about a challenging project 054-725-4914 or via email office@ of features and suitable detectors that fit their you have undertaken. alarmsisrael.com, website and social We were contracted to fix a security system property and their budget. media channels. of a client who had stopped using it because his What should be determined before buying www.alarmsisrael.com pet kept triggering false alarms. The challenge an alarm system? linkedin.com/in/benyaminpatino The most important thing is to ascertain was to use his existing system and detectors in facebook.com/alarmsisrael/ that the components the company installs are our new configuration, in an attempt to save high-quality and belong to brands with a proven him money. I was the fourth installer he’d conrecord of durability and reliability. Research sulted, so he had already purchased over 20 the installer. Ask for personal recommendations to ensure you hire a detectors that did not solve his problem. After brainstorming with reputable, professional company—preferably one with good reviews. our team, we came up with a way to effectively place the detectors Check out the way they work, their honesty, reliability, follow-up ser- so that their poodle could walk, jump and play freely and not set vice and anything important and relevant to your individual situation. them off. What happens if a client is not happy with the installation? This is the review he wrote: “I highly recommend BH Security SoluWe try to ensure post-job client satisfaction by conducting a thor- tions. They essentially took a system which I (mostly) inherited from ough, personalized audit before we design their system. We provide the house’s previous owner, but was not functional for my family. They a detailed explanation of where we plan on placing the components adapted the system to give me a working alarm system with what so that they remain as unobtrusive as possible while still providing was there, avoiding the cost of replacing the entire system. They also optimum function. In the very rare event that the customer has con- worked with us, by giving evening and Friday morning hours, thus cerns or is not entirely happy, we will do absolutely everything we avoiding the 'that's not what I expected' syndrome, after working can to ensure their full satisfaction. with the technician over the phone.” How durable and reliable are your alarm systems? Working in this field, what do you find the most rewarding? We install only the most durable and reliable products on the market. The most rewarding thing is providing our clients and their families There are cheaper systems out there, but they are prone to malfunction with peace of mind by making their world more safe and secure.

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KOBI HADBAROT PEST CONTROL SERVICES

Insects and vermin like to be around humans. We unwittingly provide them with shelter and a food source. And while some consider these pests useful (like people who own mosquito-eating geckos or mice-eating, non-poisonous snakes), most people would rather not entertain four, six or eight-legged friends in their home or garden. MOUSE

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Kobi admits that exterminators are often seen either as superheroes—the courageous few who fight the evil forces of the animal kingdom—or as mechanics, who you just have to trust because you don’t know any better. As one of the most established providers of this service in the country, Kobi emphasizes that while anyone can use the title, Professional Exterminator, not all exterminators out there have Kobi’s sterling reputation, unanimous positive feedback, or even a valid license! “An exterminator’s integrity is as important as their professional know-how and experience,” says Kobi.

Different pests require different methods of extermination. “A pesticide for house pests would not be effective on garden pests. And that can of K-spray (make sure you store it out of the reach of children!) is like a Band-Aid for local treatment of pests.” The professional products and methods that Kobi uses are the most effective long-term solution. “If you slay one cockroach in your kitchen with your K-spray, I guarantee there are ten more just like it somewhere in your house. That’s where we come in; we treat the problem at the source by locating the “mothership.” For example, if ants are the problem, we identify the nest, find and kill the queen, and eradicate the problem for good.”

Kobi Hadbarot provides interior and exterior pest control services for all types of insects and vermin, including mosquitoes, ants and rodents. They also offer pigeon control solutions, weed extermination and floor polishing services. 050-535-2828 “We work by the book,” he adds. “All our materials and work procedures comply with the strictest safety standards and we take every possible precaution to ensure the health and safety of our clients and extermination team.” Kobi’s team of exterminators provides clients with detailed instructions on how to prepare the extermination area, and how long to wait before it’s safe to return to the area. Kobi requires his team to attend regular refresher courses, to ensure their knowledge and skills conform to all new laws and approved extermination products.

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