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    How cold is it?

    Winter coat?

    When you’re walking around town, what do you wear on your feet?

    Thank you 🙂


    According to weather . com it is 52 degrees.

    Winter coat? No
    Jacket? Hooded Sweatshirt
    Hats? Only on shabbos
    Gloves? Not cold enough yet

    When you’re walking around town, what do you wear on your feet? Shoes and socks


    New York is great 40s-50s. Wear a coat and youll be fine. And on your feet we usually wear shoes.




    Thanks everyone!

    Omgosh… so I don’t need a winter coat? There’s a website that tells you if you need to wear a jacket today and/or tomorrow, even in Israel.

    But it’s confusing because what is a “jacket”?

    🍫Syag Lchochma

    Why don’t you just look it up?


    Lows might be in the 40’s… is that cold cold?


    Last year, before I went to Israel, my family told me to bring a coat because it was cold. I reluctantly brought my warmest jacket/coat, purchased just for the trip.

    And omgosh… in Jerusalem, it was freezing!!! I don’t remember what temperature that was though.

    Does anyone know if NYC now-ish is colder than Jerusalem last Chanukah?


    SL: I did look it up. I don’t remember how I feel in 40-50 degree weather.

    I get cold easily. At the same time, I remember when I lived in colder climate, there were cold days when wearing a warm coat was the worst. It’d get sunny outside, and after walking a lot, I’d have to lug around this heavy poofy furry rag with me.

    Wondering if it’s more like a Jerusalem, where underestimated the cold, or like one of those autumn days up north where the cold is in-between.

    I guess it is best to bring several options.



    I agree LB, it is hard to know from a temperature how cold it really is, because “cold” is a combination of things. 50s and sunny is different from 50s and windy/rainy. If you are walking in an exposed area- say a Jerusalem neighborhood on a mountaintop, you’ll feel the extremes more, than if you were walking down a city street closed in by tall buildings. Also, it depends what you are used to. For a NYer, a winter day in the 40s is mild. For Israel, it is bitter cold. Colder climates are more prepared for cold- buildings are insulated and heated, people go from their heated homes to heated cars to heated work-places, and often don’t realize how cold it is. In warmer climates, like Israel, the homes are built for warm weather and the cold can really penetrate. You can’t really warm up inside, (unless you wear lots of layers) so I think you feel the cold more when outside.
    I’d say take a coat.


    Definitely bring along a coat/long jacket if you’re not accustomed to the NY cold. But if you can, try a warm, lined trench coat and not something bulky in case you need to shlep it instead of wear it…

    While currently it’s warmish by NY standards, especially if you plan on doing a lot of walking which will warm you up, it’s still a major change from Florida weather and can be quite windy. And the weather will vary throughout the day and from day to day, so think layers.

    Dark, streamlined sneakers are a good option for your feet so you walk in comfort without being too ״bold” and have some warmth in your feet with minimal sweating (unlike boots). But if there’s rain – or more so snow – in the forecast, you will likely need some type of boots.


    Its fairly decent now, but if you are coming in January or February it can get really cold

    from Long Island

    I can only respond to a woman, since my husband is warm in a fleece jackets no matter the weather.

    If you wear a sheitel, snood, you will be fine, if not bring a hat. Always bring a scarf & gloves. In skirts, you will need warm boots.

    The weather right now, during the day is coldish – needed a warm coat for shul today. I, and most of the women in Shul wore knee-high boots.

    Is is easier to open the coat, leave the scarf & gloves where you are staying, then trying to stay warm without them.

    Just wear the boots, coat & scarf on the plane, so it takes up no room in your luggage.

    To me, there is nothing worse than being cold.


    WTP: Thanks for your validation ☺

    You just pinpointed so much with your description of Jerusalem and Israel cold vs. NYC cold!

    Yes you’re right; it’s the buildings that keep temps feeling warmer outdoors and indoors. In Jerusalem last year, I was a popsicle walking down the pretty vacant street towards the lightrail. And once we got to the house, it was still freezing. I had to wear sandals in the house 24/7. It was a first floor concrete home, with ice cube tile flooring.

    So yes, I’m guessing it’ll be a different kind of cold.


    Mammele thank you ☺

    You just sealed-in my shoe solution! Last year I brought colorful sneakers to walk around in… I didn’t realize it’d be that cold that I wouldn’t want to wear sandals. The colorful shoes looked kind of funny in my pics.

    So yes… I’m just going to go with black shoes here…. thanks! ☺


    Thank YOU WinnieThePooh, Mammele, and From Long Island for your thoughtful and detailed feedback! ☺☺☺


    From Long Island: Excellent advice!

    Kay.. I’ll wear the heavier stuff on the plane and pack a lighter jacket for layers.

    You said: “To me, there is nothing worse than being cold.”

    So true! I forget how miserable feel when it’s cold. Need to keep that in mind while I’m packing.

    Perfect suggestions for wearing the warm stuff on the plane. Glad the flight is pretty quick! ☺


    Thank you ZD! ☺

    Yes, it’s only November… true. The coldest has yet to come. Thanks for pointing that out too!

    pro geshmake yidden

    Like a wise man once said, “Smile! Things are only getting worse.”

    Pro schnapps

    This question is really very complex. Is the house ur staying in surrounded by trees? More trees equals more wind equals more cold. Are you makpid about drinking a coffee in the morning and a tea at night? These things bring up the body temperature and contribute to overall feelings of warmth.


    You’re welcome, LB!

    And Pro schnapps: no mention of warming up with a glezele schnapps, only coffee and tea?
    Are user names just figurative nowadays? You must be a pseudo-Russian Chosid…

    Avram in MD

    I don’t ever wear sandals, but up north I think it’s a fashion faux pas to wear them between Labor Day and Memorial Day anyway.

    My personal way to dress for cold (assuming no rain/snow falling, which would lower the criteria):

    60s – no extra layers unless it’s very windy (it’s warm in the sun, but may feel chilly in the shade in the low 60s with wind, so I’d bring a light jacket)
    50s – light jacket
    40s – light jacket if outside for short time, hat and coat if outside for a longer time (e.g., walking to shul on Shabbos), add gloves and earmuffs if windy.
    30s – coat if outside for short time, add hat, gloves, earmuffs if outside for a long time or windy.
    20s – coat, hat, gloves, scarf, maybe warm boots
    10s – same, definitely warm boots, also add thermal pants if outside for a long time and windy
    Single digits – same, add thermal shirt if windy, try to cover my face with my scarf
    Below 0 – Extremely rare in my area, not safe to have exposed skin outside for long, especially if windy. Would wrap scarf around my face, or get a face mask. Possibly wear a second thin layer of gloves under my normal gloves.

    Lilmod Ulelamaid

    It’s definitely a good idea to bring layers. In the US (at least in the NY area), people tend to keep the heat on very high in the winter (not sure why people want to be hotter in the winter than in the summer, but whatever..), so if you dress too warmly, you’ll be too hot inside.

    So the best is to wear an outfit that’s not too warm with layers on top for outside.

    Even though most people aren’t wearing coats yet, I would suggest you bring one for the following reasons:
    1. The weather changes from day to day, and there have been “coat days”.
    2. You’re used to warm weather and get cold easily.
    3. Best to be prepared.


    Personally I dont get cold unless its like really freezing weather… I havent even taken out my coat yet. So it also depends on you. But as of now you definitely dont need more than a coat.


    It depends. Right now it is 51 and feels like 48.
    And night 48 feels colder then 48 in the day.

    Spring jacket with a sweater or just a winter coat and nothing else.

    Avram in MD

    Lilmod Ulelamaid,

    In the US (at least in the NY area), people tend to keep the heat on very high in the winter (not sure why people want to be hotter in the winter than in the summer, but whatever..),

    When our system is set for the furnace, we keep the thermostat at 68 degrees. When it’s set for air conditioning, the thermostat is set to 74 degrees, though sometimes we pull it down to 72 on Fridays to counter all of the heat rising from the kitchen. So our house is almost never warmer in the winter than it is in the summer. I’d imagine most people set their thermostats similarly. Otherwise, the heating bills would be outrageous.

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