Chava Berman Borowsky

A day in the life, Jerusalem edition

Elisheva Berman (courtesy)

I’ve always been mesmerized by what moving into a new country and learning its culture entails. I’m officially an olah for two months now in Talbiya, a more upscale neighborhood In Jerusalem. While I’m gradually integrating into the country I’m thankful my day is flexible as I am a Pilates instructor teaching in many studios in Jerusalem. My absolute favorite pastime in Jerusalem is exploring the city while I commute back and forth throughout the day hopping around different neighborhoods where I’m an instructor.

My morning guilty pleasure is buying an ice coffee for just eight shekels or any squeezed juice freshly blended with the highest quality natural ingredients. Coming from L.A. where there’s almost no kosher street food, having a felafel stand at every corner also brings me pure unbridled joy. I also love walking through the streets and noting the biblical street names while  hearing music with the words of Psalms playing in nearby boutiques and eateries. Going grocery shopping in Jerusalem is just plainly next level. You can bring your own mobile grocery cart which is immensely practical because it can be brought straight home and unloaded at once. My favorite place to shop is at Shuk Machane Yehuda where all the trademark Israeli produce is sold at first-rate quality which includes pomegranates, figs, dates, and olive oil.

Simply by walking through Jerusalem’s center you will observe a varied assortment of street entertainers. Jerusalem has a unique palpable energy which enables anyone who wants to express their talents a non-judgmental place to do so. Jerusalem truly is just one giant amusement park centered around biblical themes. I feel so incredibly blessed to have the privilege of living here.

Guest post by my sister Elisheva Berman

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About the Author
Chava Berman Borowsky grew up in Los Angeles, CA in an Orthodox community in the La Brea Fairfax neighborhood. She moved to Israel in 2008 and has since lived in Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh, Holon, and Ashdod. Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, painting, and writing.
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