Hungry? Want to grab a snack after night seder? Your friends are all gathering around (ok, maybe a bit less with social distancing 😉 ) chowing down on burgers, fries or pizza and you are crunching your apple. That is the unfortunate reality of the life of an allergic kid during their gap year. It’s such a hard decision. Stay in North America where you know you are safe from allergens (clearly labelled and a general awareness), or go to Israel where there is no awareness and no labelling, but be with your friends and have a year of learning in Israel. This is the difficult decision every child faces before their gap year.
Most restaurants are off limits in Israel due to food allergies. The only one that we have found to be safe is one particular pizza chain. While it’s great that a child can have pizza, what about if they are allergic to dairy, or gluten? What about if they don’t want pizza that much? It’s fine for the first few weeks, but after a while kids need variety.
It’s a tough call. You can call ahead and speak with the management, but then what happens if the manager changes? Or they change the bakery they use? There are always ways around things here in Israel. You just need to dedicate the time and have the patience to wait ‘Israeli’ style 😊.
Coming to Israel is a once in-a-lifetime experience. Having allergies should not stop a child from that experience. As the road sign says, proceed with caution.
During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.
After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.
Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.
We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.
T.M., Chicago, USA
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!
We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.
My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!
It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)
We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!!
Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.
L.R., NY, NY
Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel. We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!
All the best,
S.C., New Jersey
We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.
T.G., Philadelphia, PA
"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew. The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”
G.A. Illinois USA