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Travel A Taste of Luxury in Israel

Travel A Taste of Luxury in Israel

Tourism in Israel has undergone a metamorphosis in recent years.   Great novels — like tormented romances — should begin in great hotels, and if I were writing one set in Tel Aviv, I would have to put the Hotel Montefiore at the top of the first page. My own relationship with the White City’s […]

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The World’s First Jewish Ghetto

The World’s First Jewish Ghetto

In 1516 a decree ordered that all the Jews in Venice be relocated to geto, an island in the old foundry area – geto from the Italian word to cast or found – giving Venice the dubious distinction of having the world’s first so-called “ghetto”. The Campo Gheto Nuovo was located in the Cannaregio sestiere […]

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Jewish Sites in Sardis, Turkey

Jewish Sites in Sardis, Turkey

Ancient Sardis was the capital of the Kingdom of Lydia, whose most famous king was Croesus (560-546 B.C.E.), the first monarch to mint coinage. During its heyday as a Roman city, Sardis had a very large and prosperous Jewish community which may have been established here in much earlier times. GETTING THERE The ruins of […]

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Ashdod lures tourists with fun, sun and history

Ashdod lures tourists with fun, sun and history

Already done Tel Aviv? Look south to Ashdod for your next Israel beach vacation with options for sports, leisure, music and archeological explorations – By  Abigail Klein Leichman     The port of Ashdod has been a gateway into the land of Israel for millennia. These days, as tens of thousands of tourists arrive on […]

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IN PHOTOS: A look inside Jewish Marakech

IN PHOTOS: A look inside Jewish Marakech

Marrakech, with it tiny Jewish population, is a welcoming city for Jewish visitors with over 30,000 a year coming from Israel, many of them on heritage trips. By Harry D. Wall and Jewish Discoveries Searching for Jewish heritage in Marrakech, once the heartland of Moroccan Jewish life, can be challenging. The Mellah, or the walled district […]

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