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Portugal’s Uncommon History

Portugal’s Uncommon History

On our recent Viking River Cruise on Portugal’s Douro River, we visited one of the historical mountain villages called Castelo Rodrigo. Much to my surprise, it had been a sanctuary city for Jews during the Spanish expulsion. Many of the houses in Synagogue Street still carry markings from the 15th century and the still standing […]

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The Little Synagogue that Refused to Die

The Little Synagogue that Refused to Die

Depite all odds — some might call it an outright miracle — a Budapest shul has survived two World Wars, the rise of the anti-Zionist Jobbik party, and rotting fixtures — and is now part of a resurgent Jewish community Too often recently, Hungary has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The elevation of the ultranationalist […]

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The designer behind Tel Aviv’s dazzling Quattro restaurant

The designer behind Tel Aviv’s dazzling Quattro restaurant

Alex Meitlis installed a riot of mirrors, a hand-painted floor, sculptured cardboard bar legs and a beaded chandelier in Aviv Moshe’s latest eatery.  “In a gourmet restaurant, the main client is the chef you’re co-creating with. The actors are the dishes and you have to think how to present them.” Award-winning architect-designer Alex Meitlis does not share […]

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Things to do in Prague’s Jewish Quarter

Things to do in Prague’s Jewish Quarter

Much is packed within the small area of Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, formerly a walled ghetto, and today one of the most complete collections of Jewish historical monuments in Europe. Here are some tips for what to do and, naturally, where to dine, as you explore this monumental area. Go to the Jewish Museum The […]

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History comes alive at Beit She’an

History comes alive at Beit She’an

It’s one of the hottest places to live on earth, one of Israel’s oldest cities, and Beit She’an also boasts a vast national park of archeology. Just make sure you visit in the winter. By  Abigail Klein Leichman   If you’re into archeology or history, the Israeli city of Beit She’an (“House of Tranquility”) is a […]

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Sukkot in Israel

Sukkot in Israel

Sukkot is a week-long Jewish festival which falls shortly after Yom Kippur. Sukkot in Israel is a time of vacation – the first and last days are national holidays when most businesses will be closed (similar to a regular Shabbat), whilst the intermediary days are normal business days except for the fact that many Israelis […]

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