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Our recent tour to Italy was packed full of pleasures and treasures!

by Malori

The images of Italy in one’s mind are as different as the individual themselves. One may visualize a Tuscan villa set amongst gently rolling hills covered with vineyards and lavender, some picture the greatest art treasures such as Michelangelo’s “David” and fresco covered cathedrals, others see an outdoor café where locals are sipping cappuccino, and some imagine themselves shopping for some of the world’s best leather shoes, handbags and gloves, or amazing ceramic pottery, high fashion or Murano glass.…

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Tel Aviv named one of world’s best beach cities

Confirming something that its residents have known for years, Tel Aviv has been voted as one of the best beach cities in the world. Joining the likes of Miami and Rio de Janeiro, National Geographic has included Tel Aviv in its list of the “Top 10 Beach Cities.”

“Tel Aviv is the Dionysian counterpart to religious Jerusalem,” according to the list featured in the popular magazine, which is celebrating 125 years.…

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Voices of Jerusalem: Ultimate felafel family

“We’re the oldest felafel business in Jerusalem,” says Yossi Vashady, owner of Shalom Felafel, a franchise with ten branches in total: eight in Jerusalem, one in Modiin and one in Mevasseret Zion. The stores are either Glatt Kosher Parev and specialize in felafel (recognizable by their green branding) or Kosher Rabbinate meat restaurants that also offer shwarma and meat on the grill.…

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Kosher Summer Travel For Those Who’ve Seen It All

Think you’ve been everywhere that kosher travel can possibly take you?

You’ll be surprised to discover some of the exotic destinations now on offer for discriminating kosher travelers. Watch out, Catskills. You’re about to go for a ride.

1. Tanzania and Zanzibar

You read that right. In Tanzania, the game parks of the Northern Circuit contain some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife found in the world.…

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Kosher Rica – Jewish Travel in Costa Rica

The winter snow was piled a foot tall outside of my New York City apartment, but I didn’t mind.  A cab was waiting downstairs to whisk me away for a week in Costa Rica.  Five hours cramped into coach wouldn’t bother me a bit.  It doesn’t take long to adjust to “Pura Vida” a popular local expression that rests somewhere between “Hakuna Matata” and “La Vida Loca” and essentially means “pure” or “real” living. …

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Managing Jewish Built Heritage Conference this week — opening to be live-streamed

Restoration work in synagogue in Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia, 2011. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

This post also appears on my En Route blog for the LA Jewish Journal

I’ve spent much of the past five or six months working on the organization of an international conference called Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage in Europe: A Working Seminar on Projects, Challenges and Strategic Thinking — a three-day, invitation-only working seminar convened to discuss a wide range of issues, challenges, strategies and successes regarding the care, maintenance, preservation, use and promotion of Jewish material heritage.…

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Belatedly…. links to the Jewish heritage conference in Krakow

Opening plenary. Photo: JCC Krakow

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

I know, I’ve really let things slide on this blog. Partly it’s because there has been so much going on that I have not found time to write a decent post. Partly it’s because I’ve been putting a lot of energy into the news feed of the web site, which I coordinate as a project of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe.…

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Dunkin’ Donuts to Unveil Gluten-Free Products

Aside from people who have Celiac disease or those who are gluten sensitive, the number of people who believe going gluten-free will lead to a healthier lifestyle is growing, and Dunkin Donuts is picking up on the trend. By the end of 2013, Dunkin Donuts will be the first fast-food chain in the United States to introduce gluten-free products.  The pastries, to be sold at participating shops, will be packaged separately to avoid contamination from other foods that contain wheat flour.…

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Spacious Continental Suite in kikar haShabat

   Property Details:  

House Type: Apartment

City: JerusalemState: IsraelCountry: IsraelName of Neighborhood: Geula# of Bedrooms: 1# of Bathrooms: 1Floor: 1  

# of King Beds: 2# of Baby Cribs: 1


Suitable for Children

Whom we rent to?

חרדים Orthodox/OU

  Property Description: The kikar haShabat Suite is a unique exclusive Kosher Motel, located in the heart of Jerusalem at a Charedid environmentnear all the facilities you need.…

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Villa Near Canal! New Screened in Pool! Safe Neighborhood! With SUKKAH!

   Property Details:  

House Type: Private House

City: North Miami BeachState: FloridaCountry: USAName of Neighborhood: North Miami Beach# of Bedrooms: 3# of Bathrooms: 2Floor: 1  

# of Queen Beds: 2# of Twin Beds: 4# of Baby Cribs: 1


Smoking not Allowed Suitable for Children

Whom we rent to?


  Property Description:


This beautiful home is located in the most beautiful, safe, frum neighborhood in North Miami Beach, 1 block from the beautiful Canal where you can enjoy the fresh air anytime – beautiful walking and biking path, children’s playground etc.…

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Big events in Poland next weekend

by Ruth Ellen Gruber

(This post also appears on my En Route blog for the LA Jewish Journal)

Two long-awaiting events are happening in Poland next weekend — the opening of the Jewish museum installed in the restored synagogue in the little town of Chmielnik, and the opening of the restored synagogue in the town of Wielkie Oczy, which will now be used as the public library.…

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Another Kosher Name Controversy: “Hakadosh BBQ”

Hakadosh BBQ competing at the LI Kosher BBQ Championship on June 9th

In this week’s Jewish Week paper, I wrote about another kosher name related controversy, this time involving the pop-up kosher BBQ, “Hakadosh BBQ“, which I personally find to be one of the most clever and witty names for a Jewish business. (Another cleverly named restaurant is opening soon in Teaneck)

There are those who are offended by the business name, sparking angry emails to Hakadosh BBQ’s supervising agency, the Star K, and thus prompting owner Ari White to change the name of the business.…

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Kosher Burger Truck, Grill on Wheels, Debuts in NYC

Kosher-keepers in Midtown rejoice! If you love HaKadosh BBQ, and are still mourning the loss of Kosher Delight, say hello to your new best friend: Grill on Wheels. This full-time Kosher burger truck launched this week with their first location is on 46th Street between 6th & 5th Aves.

Some of their menu items include hamburgers (obviously), shawarma, crazy chicken, and honey schnitzel.…

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Enter Our Biggest Holiday Giveaway: Win Prizes from Disney, Hello Kitty, Tickets to Radio City & A Christmas Story, & More

The holiday season is the one time of year when I hate working for Mommy Poppins. That's because I'm not eligible to enter our amazing Biggest Holiday Giveaway. Luckily, you are. We're giving away more than $3,000 in awesome prizes, including tickets to top holiday shows like A Christmas Story: The Musical and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, prize packages from Disney and Hello Kitty, and lots of other awesome swag.…

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Dec 15, Negev Hostels and Hotels – Our Top Picks

Our top picks for the best Negev Hostels, hotels, as well as genuine Bedouin hospitality for any budget from five-star to more economical country lodging and hostels.

The Negev Desert is so vast with so many historical settlements and villages to see as well as amazing things to do that you will want to find local accommodations in close proximity to your points of interest to maximize your time.…

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Dec 15, Timna National Park

Timna National Park, located about 25 Kilometer(17 miles) north of Eilat, is comprised of a horseshoe shaped valley surrounded by steep cliffs. At the center of the valley is Mount Timna, the first copper mine in the world, standing about 453 meters (1500 feet high). The attractions are a combination of breathtaking scenery, fascinating history, and activities for the entire family to enjoy.…

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On the cultural front lines in New York

NEW YORK – A visit to New York is always something special. I was there recently for a knee replacement.

Some days later, armed with analgesics and a walker, I was privileged to partake in the cultural extravaganza. Limited space does not allow me to do full justice to all the events, but here are a few choice items.

The Frick Collection

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague is currently undergoing renovation, and it has loaned the Frick 15 paintings.…

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Dec 13, Teya Guesthouse Binyamina

by U Oakley (England)

We had a lovely stay at this beautiful place. Very relaxing, beautiful garden. The large pool was perfect. Dalite and Nick are very hospitable. A really nice place.

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