Monday, January 27, 2020

Destination Kosher

Jerusalem Season of Culture Summer 2014 Lineup

New York—More than just an ancient city filled with religious sites and historic attractions, Jerusalem offers a diverse collection of contem­porary art, dance, music, and cultur­al events this summer as part of its annual Calendar of Culture 2014, in­cluding:

Contact Point (July 10), featuring a series of specially commissioned exhibitions and

New Country, New Careers

We are all “works in pro­gress,” hopefully always try­ing to grow and expand our horizons. Making aliyah is a growth opportunity, affording people the op­portunity to explore new career paths in the Holy Land. I, for example, had been involved in Manhattan investment sales—primarily of­fice and apartment buildings—for many years. A few years after moving to

The Fashionable German Colony

The German Colony is an exciting and upscale Jerusa­lem neighborhood. It is fa­mous for its main thorough­fare, Emek Refaim, which is one of the city’s most popular streets, bustling with activity and boasting cafes, restaurants, and trendy boutiques.

The German Colony is centrally located, bounded by the old train station to the north,

Haifa’s Transformation

Haifa is a beautiful city located in northern Israel which offers its residents a rich quality of life. The third largest city in Israel, Haifa is on the comeback trail after having fallen into a 60-year decline following Israel’s independ­ence in 1948.

The Early Years

During the British Mandate in pre-state Palestine from 1922

The Hebrews of Hong Kong

The Jewish presence in Hong Kong is al­most 200 years old. The community began during the mid-19th century when traders from Iraq and India came to the island after the Opium Wars of 1839-42. As the 20th century approached, the growing community recog­nized the need for a permanent synagogue. A generous donation of land in an area then high above the city

The Taj Mahal of the Middle East

Kibbutz Neot Semadar is best known for its array of organic products grown and prepared on the kibbutz and as “that place with the weird, colorful tower sticking up in the sky in the middle of nowhere.”

Anyone who has driven along Route 40 in the Arava region will have seen Neot Semadar’s famous landmark. Taking the time to veer

Jews in the New World

When we traveled to Brazil, we had a lot to learn, especially about Recife—the easternmost city in Brazil and center of the slave trade way back when the Portuguese brought African slaves to the Americas to work on sugar plantations. It is also the city from which the Jews fled to New Amsterdam in 1654 when the Portuguese Inquisition began the New

Passover Peregrinations

JERUSALEM—As Pesach approaches, Israelis prepare for the impending flock of tourists and pilgrims coming for the festival known in Hebrew as Chag Ha’aviv (the Spring Holiday, in Hebrew). It is truly a gorgeous time to be in Israel, with all of her natural beauty, her nature and fauna, revealing itself after a long winter as the land

Voluntouring in Israel

Going on holiday can mean relaxing or sightseeing, tasting new foods or learning firsthand about new cultures. A growing segment of vacationers, however, goes abroad to work for free.

Voluntourism—volunteering and tourism—has been cited as one of the fastest-growing sectors of worldwide tourism. Israel, a top destination for a myriad of reasons

Out and About on Chol Hamoed: Exploring Brooklyn and Manhattan

When the Seder dishes are put away, families can go out to play.  Chol Hamoed this year is limited to Thursday, April 17; Friday, April 18 until sundown; Motzei Shabbos, April 19; and Sunday, April 20 until sundown.  So we’re highlighting activities that don’t take you too far from home. This week we focus on Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Next week we look at where

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

1000 Washington Avenue

Brooklyn, NY  11225

Prospect Heights



With over 52 acres of gardens, research collections and educational programs, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an oasis in the heart of Brooklyn.  The garden is open Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6p.m.

Fort Tryon Park

190th Street and Margaret Corbin Circle

Beautiful gardens and fantastic views across the Hudson River are two reasons to visit Fort Tryon Park.  Another is the Cloisters, a division of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known for its medieval collection.  The Unicorn tapestries are beautiful and