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News: Vintage Carnival Rides on Governors Island, New Roller Coaster for Coney, Free NYC DIY Tours, Summer Reading

NYC is overflowing with cool new carnival rides this summer! Hot on the heels of the opening of Queens' Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel and the beautifully restored B&B Carousell in Coney Island comes Fête Paradiso, a summer-long festival of vintage French carnival rides and carousels on Governors Island. We've got the details on when it opens, what kind of rides you'll find and how much they cost.…

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Top 5 Off-Broadway Shows for NYC Kids

As someone who's been taking her seven-year-old daughter to theater since before she could string a coherent sentence together, a lot of parents ask me which family shows are worth their time and money. It's a tough question: People's taste vary widely and I find that kids outgrow some shows as quickly as they do shoes. One piece of advice I give everyone: Look beyond Broadway.…

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Voices of Jerusalem: Capital culture

“I fell madly in love with Israel, and Jerusalem in particular, on my first visit here when I was 16,” recalls Karen Brunwasser. “I found an excuse to visit every year until I made aliya eight years ago.” Karen eventually used her passion for Jerusalem in her career and is one of the founders of the Jerusalem Season of Culture and their current Vice CEO. 

One of the highlights in the annual Jerusalem events calendar, the Jerusalem Season of Culture offers a diverse selection of exciting arts and cultural events over the course of the summer season.…

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Four Fantastic Face Painters for NYC Kids

Agostino Arts face painting; photo by Christopher Agostino Agostino Arts' face painting is inspired by nature and folk tales Agostino Arts face painting Peanutbutter's unique approach results in one-of-a-kind designs Juliet Jeske doesn't work with predetermined designs Juliet Jeske face painting Face Art by Melissa works lots of NYC events like this Halloween party Face Art by Melissa

Being a diva must run in my DNA: My seven-year-old daughter and I simply cannot pass a face painter without asking to be done up.…

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Free & Fun Things to Do this Weekend with NYC Kids: Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Adventures NYC, Historic Ship Fest June 22-23

Welcome to one of our favorite weekends of the year when summer officially arrives! There are lots of FREE ways to celebrate the new season. Throw on your best sea-themed costumes for the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, board a vintage vessel and hit the water at Tribeca's North River Historic Ship Festival or head to Central Park for some athletic outdoor Adventures NYC.…

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Two Awesome New Exhibits for NYC Kids: Shipwreck! and the Art of the Brick

My son, stricking an Art of the Brick pose Lego artist Nathan Sawaya's signature work "Yellow" The Statue of Liberty has real heart in The Art of the Brick Sawaya recreates great works of art with Legos The ancient Sphynx This T.rex was made from more than 80,000 Legos Intact bottles from a 19th-century vessel in Shipwreck! Check out Civil War-era gold and silver coins in Shipwreck!…

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This Week: Join Mommy Poppins on a Fun-Filled NYC Cruise, Day Camps with Half Days, Photos of Coney Island’s New Carousel

Water was our theme this week in NYC—specifically sailing on it. We posted about this weekend's FREE North River Historic Ship Festival in Tribeca, where you can tour and ride on vintage vessels. For landlubbers there's the new Shipwreck! exhibit at Discovery Times Square filled with interactive stations that give kids a peek at historic life on the high seas. And of course we're particularly excited about the very special family cruise we're hosting next Saturday, June 29.…

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Free Summer Robotics, Arts and Sports Programs for Middle Schoolers in Tribeca

Summer truly is the season of FREE NYC fun, especially for families. So far we've told you about free film screenings, free kids' concerts, free play streets, free sports programs and even free camps. Now we've got a new summer freebie to add to our ever-growing list: free classes for middle school students through the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center in Tribeca.…

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100 Free Things to Do Summer 2013 with Kids in New York City

With school break upon us, my kid is singing about the 104 days of summer he heard about in the Phineas & Ferb theme song. I’m not going to tell him that he only gets 70 or so days off (why bum him out?), especially when there are hundreds of things to do in NYC this season.

To get into the spirit of summer, we’ve found FREE things for families to do every day from Monday, June 24 through the end of August.…

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Ridgewood Queens Family-Friendly Restaurants: 8 Places to Eat with Kids

We finish up our month-long focus on Ridgewood, Queens with a look at the family-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood. While Ridgewood and the surrounding areas are best known for their old-school European spots like the German Gottscheer Hall, as the community has become more diverse in recent years, so has the cuisine. These days you'll find Asian and Italian restaurants next to old-time Bavarian places.…

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NYC Whale Watching for Kids: Where to See Dolphins and Whales in and Around New York City

My eight-year-old son has been obsessed with whales practically since birth. We have a giant humpback painted on his bedroom wall, have spent countless hours under the massive Blue Whale in the American Natural History Museum and went to the museum's new Whales: Giants of the Deep exhibit on opening weekend. Around age five, my husband and I decided it was time to take him to see whales up close and in person.…

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Israel’s Kosher Wineries and their Kosher Restaurants

Special thanks to Esther Cohen from MyIsraelWineTours.com for compiling this list, and for her amazing insights into Israel’s Kosher wine scene.

CARMEL REGION

The Carmel Region – 45 minutes North of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Coast.

Tishbi Estate Winery is technically located in Binyamina on Route 652 (near Zichron Yaakov). Along with being the 5th largest winery in Israel, producing 1 million bottles a year, Tishbi has a kosher dairy restaurant attached to the winery.…

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Packing for a Kosher Travel

Later tonight I’m heading on a super long trip with my wife to Argentina. While Buenos Aires is known for having tons of food, a stopover in Mexico City and a total travel time of 18 hours makes our trek extremely long and tiring.

To ensure that we will have enough food for our travel day, and for after we land late at night, we set out to find kosher travel products that can pass the “carry-on” test of size and having less than 4oz of liquid.…

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Keeping it Kosher in the Big Easy

Kosher Info: New Orleans is a fantastic city for tourism; it’s fascinating, inexpensive, and has a culture unlike any other. However, walking the streets of the city as a Kosher Jew can be a challenge—New Orleans is a seriously food-centric city, and Cajun food is seriously treif. Fortunately, there is a Jewish community. Unfortunately, it’s primarily located in Metairie (MET-er-ee), a suburb of the city which cannot be reached on foot or by public transportation from the more popular destinations like the French Quarter.…

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Editor’s choice: Hadassah Reinvents Medical Tourism…

Visiting Jerusalem this coming Passover? Here’s a new insider tip just for you…

It’s the city’s best kept secret – a lovely little nature hike called the Hadassah Walkway.

Yup – it’s Medical Tourism like you never imagined…

The Hadassah trail is a beautiful and convenient way to explore the lovely scenery around Hadassah Hospital. The trail is marked throughout and in some parts crosses the famous Jerusalem Trail.…

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Huge 36 Hour Kosher Cruise Sale

Dear Kosherica Family and Friends,

We are thrilled to announce up to $550 in Onboard credit (Exp. 2/18) on the following Sailings. Click on the sailings below: Mediterranean Aboard the All Star Epic Ship: June 26th -July 3rd Alaska Fourth of July Cruise: July 3- 10th. Alaska Jewish Comedy Cruise: Aug. 14-21st. Jewish Heritage Russia Cruise: Aug 24- Sept 2nd.

Book NO LATER then February 18th at 11:00am (No Exceptions) and earn the following onboard credit: Book an inside and get $25 – Limited Space Book an Ocean view and get $35 – Limited Space Book an Balcony and get $50 Book an Deluxe Balcony/ Mini Suite and get $70 Book a Suite and get $150 Book a Garden Villa and get $250 – Limited Space

Combine this offer with this exclusive American Express Promo and receive an additional $300 onboard credit for Suites and Villas (Expires Feb 18th).…

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Keep kosher at Walt Disney World

Question: How can we keep kosher at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida?

In order to make the most of your stay at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, you need to plan ahead. In addition to planning the best attractions for your family to visit, it is important to plan your meals. And when you keep kosher and can’t feed your family anywhere you want at Disney, it is especially important to research where you can find kosher dining in the Parks.…

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Kosher Alaska!

Why would you take a kosher cruise when it’s easy to keep kosher on an Alaska land tour? You’ll get a deeper experience of Alaska and meet more people. Here’s how:

Where Should I Spend Shabbat? Anchorage is a key stop for both cruises and land tours—and it’s also home to Alaska’s only orthodox synagogue. Juneau and Fairbanks have reform synagogues, but no temple or full-time Rabbi.  …

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Israel hosting 2 cycling competitions

Israel will play host to two international cycling competitions this spring, showcasing the unique and diverse terrain of this small Mediterranean nation. The two tours include:

1. Tour de Dead Sea (March 5): Taking travelers through the moon-like landscape of the lowest point on earth, the Tour de Dead Sea will attract more than 1,000 cyclists from around the world to ride along the contours of the Dead Sea in support of its candidacy as a finalist in the New7Wonders of Nature Competition.…

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TA announces culture events for 2011

Tel Aviv, the hip Mediterranean coastal town and one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities for 2011, has released a selection of art, culture, music and sport festivals that will entertain and intrigue travelers of all interests arriving to the Mediterranean coastal city through 2011.

The events include: Tel Aviv Jazz Festival (February 15-18): An annual highlight in Israel, the 22nd Tel Aviv Jazz Festival will showcase top international and Israeli jazz musicians in more than 20 performances at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque.…

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