Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Destination Kosher


If you want to take a tour of Jewish Brooklyn without leaving your car, a Brooklyn-born maven suggests this route to see the sites.  Pack lunch and snacks for the family:

You come into Williamsburg over the bridge from Delancey Street, make a right to Lee Ave. Go through the heart of the Hasidic part of town, continue to Nostrand Ave, make another

Arava Tour Reveals Israel’s Pioneering Desert Agriculture

Arava, literally meaning “desolate” and “dry area” in Hebrew, on the map is a section of the Jordan Rift Valley, running in a north-south orientation between the southern end of the Sea of Galilee down to the Dead Sea and continuing further south, where it ends at Eilat and the Gulf of Aqaba. It includes most of the border between Israel to

Negev Tourism Now an Easy Train Ride from the Rest of Israel’s Treasures

Past the Gaza Strip, toward the rocket-battered city of Sderot, a new train now connects isolated Negev communities to the larger Israeli population centers. Not surprisingly, the Sderot line also opens the gates to increased tourism in that region.

For many people in Sderot, the rocket-proof train station, which opened in December 2013, was a landmark event. 

Tel Aviv Arts and Crafts Market Makes for a Fun and Funky Afternoon

Sure, it helps if you love to ogle the latest in hand-made crafts. But even if you don’t know a piece of greenware from earthenware, Tel Aviv’s Nachalat Binyamin Art & Craft Fair is a fun and funky way to spend a lazy Tuesday or Friday afternoon (the two days the fair is open).

The nearly 10,000 visitors who meander through 200-plus artist stalls

Jewish Spain’s Myriad Attractions Leave No Time for a Siesta

My passion for speaking Spanish, watching Flamenco, drinking Rioja, admiring artwork, walking a labyrinth of narrow streets, and inhaling the scent of orange blossoms intensifies on every visit to Spain. These interests influenced my choice of careers as a Spanish teacher and travel writer. On repeated trips studying at the University of Salamanca, walking the

Adventure in the Desert: Mitzpe Ramon

Mitzpe Ramon is often an overlooked gem in the Negev region in the South of Israel— an out-of-the box experience. About 90 miles North of Eilat, my husband and I, along with our children, visited Mitzpe Ramon and it was hands-down the highlight of our vacation. Mitzpe Ramon is somewhat like the Grand Canyon of Israel. Mitzpe is home to the largest Makhtesh

Hong Kong Synagogue Blends Tradition and Travelers

Hong Kong—A taxi ride to 70 Robinson Road in Hong Kong, the address listed for the Ohel Leah synagogue, ends with a simple question: Where is the synagogue? The driver had understood the destination request, but this was a street of high-rise residential towers. There is no synagogue in sight. A quick look around reveals a heavy security checkpoint. “We’re

Imagine Pesach at The Waldorf Astoria®

Now celebrating its Fifth Year, Grand Getaways is returning to the legendary Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Nestled among 482 private acres of emerald green woodlands in the heart of Walt Disney World®, your entire family can share in the ultimate Passover experience.

This vacation, like any other vacation from Grand Getaways, is a must for anyone who has

2014 Parnassah Expo Looks to Shatter Records

Using the common phrase, “The sky is the limit,” may be a major understatement when it comes to the ambitions of the Parnassah Expo, brainchild of the Parnassah Network and its founder, Reb Duvi Honig. It was launched two years ago as a local event in Lakewood. The turnout astounded organizers, so the event was held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center

Leisure Time Hosting 6 Pesach Programs This Year – From British Columbia to Rome & More In Between

For the past 56 years, Leisure Time Tours has been America’s first and largest Passover Tour Operator. It was this company who was first to introduce Glatt Kosher Passover Programs at some of the finest hotels in the United States and Europe. This year Leisure Time Tours will host 6 Passover programs in Florida, Arizona, Whistler British Columbia and Westchester, New

Italian Holiday

No one will ever ask me for this piece of advice regarding a trip to Venice because this is not something that happens to normal people. Nevertheless, an unsolicited piece of advice: Do not fall into a Venetian Canal. If you swallow any of it you will need shots and if it’s Winter, you will be freezing.

Falling into the canal—in my one set of

Travel to Cadbury World Is Cocotastic—and Kosher

It’s easy to imagine that if the ancient Israelites had been familiar with the cocoa bean, God might have promised them a land flowing with milk and chocolate. He didn’t, but such a land does exist. In the English city of Birmingham, a 90-minute train ride from London, Cadbury—the company that popularized modern British milk chocolate—welcomes half a million