May 15, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm #609340
Hi, I need some help. We want to move to Israel for a short while so my new husband can continue to learn in his yeshiva. We were told tha maalot Dafna was a nice ideal place to live for young American couples. I want to hear from ppl who actually live there. Do you feel comfortable there? Are the ppl friendly? Location? Any information would be helpfull.
Thanks so much!
Can’t wait to get to Israel 🙂May 17, 2013 2:59 am at 2:59 am #953769147Participant
a nice ideal place I believe the Jerusalem Light Rail runs very close to Maalot Dafna, maybe Shimon haTzadik Stop, so this clearly would make Maalot Dafna an extremely ideal place to live in.May 17, 2013 5:02 am at 5:02 am #953770
Yes, I know it is an extremely ideal place in terms of location. I want to know though, about the actual community, ie ppl, rabbi, community, etc.
Any help is so much appreciated.May 17, 2013 5:25 am at 5:25 am #953771NechomahParticipant
IMO, no need for the light rail if you live in Maalot Dafna. The Mir is within walking distance as are most shops. Geulah is a 10 minute bus ride away. There are many American couples/families living in this area so you should be able to make friends if you are the least bit outgoing. The only drawback I can see is the high rent, but if that’s not an issue, then by all means, come to the Yir HaKodesh and may you both grow in ruchniyus while your husband is shteiging in yeshiva. Hatzlacha!May 17, 2013 7:52 am at 7:52 am #953772simbinMember
Hi, I hope u have a lot of hatzlocha, and u should maybe go to maalot Dafna for a shabbos to check it out. My husband and I lived there for a year and we were barely recognized, ppl didn’t say hello,ppl who we saw every day, I sat in the park often alone others would sit alone also Untill their friend came or s/t. My husband couldn’t stand going to shul and no one saying good shabbos to him, you have to be part of “their e group” to fit in. We were absolutely miserable there we left with a bad taste of that neighborhood. The location is however very central, although ramat eshkol, Arzei, and sanhedria are just as central, good luck with all.May 17, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am #953773
I think that since everyone already said the maaylos (no pun intended), ill stay off that part of the op question. i think its kiday to ad that after R nochum eisenstien, the next most popular rov there is R caliphon, who specializes im shalom bayis/counselling and is in high demand. nuff said. thats not hearsay, im in the shchunah often and my brother in law lives there, so i have a pretty clear picture.May 17, 2013 3:50 pm at 3:50 pm #953774
Thank you toi, but I’m trying to get a feel of the neighborhood from ppl who live there and can tell me what it’s like living between the maalot dafnians, 🙂 from the ppl I’ve spoken to and simbin, I’m not getting a very positive picture :(, btw is rabbi Caliphon an indication that there is a high demand for a rav that specialists in shalom Bayis in maalot Dafna? That doesent sound good either.May 18, 2013 7:08 pm at 7:08 pm #953775
pshh, azah daykan. yes. the neighborhood is a mix of americans and francs. the americans are, biderech klal, much more baalitbatish couples who mostly are the type to come for a year aid vacation in israel yes, there are some serious bnei torah among the maericans, but they are the minority in this neighborhood. mostly rich kids.May 20, 2013 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm #953776yungerman1Participant
The neighborhood is a mixture of Americans and locals- I prefer to refrain from the derogatory term used by Toi. The majority of Americans there are serious bnei torah.
There is an adjoining neighborhood called Machal which has a similar mixture. There are quite a number of Americans that are living there for 5+ years. There are young couples there for there year of vacation, but those are found in Arzei and Ramat Eshkol as well
The serious bnei torah are NOT the minority at all.
Shanon- Where does your husband want to learn?May 20, 2013 3:36 pm at 3:36 pm #953777twistedParticipant
Just be aware, if it turns into a long enough time, the level of gashimius there can be held against you when registering for gan or school, if not a spiritual treat at the outset. But no worse, than say, Flatbush, or Cedarhurt.May 21, 2013 8:23 pm at 8:23 pm #953780
watch your language
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