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The Travel Adviser: Have a little faith

It was right after Independence Day, which took place in mid-April this year, when Yael decided she wanted to get away. She loved being in the country but relished the chance to pop over to Europe for a long weekend.

She knew that the end of May would be the best time to find a bargain, before passengers and airlines begin to stick their toes into the summer travel season.…

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Bring the kids

One of the top hotels in Eilat, the Dan Eilat Red Sea Hotel, has high occupancy year round, as guests from Israel and abroad keep returning.

Part of the Israeli-owned Dan chain, this is a family-oriented hotel that blends luxury and style with ongoing activities for children and teenagers. The hotel’s CEO Lior Muchnik is especially proud of the play areas and says they spared no expense in developing them, investing in equipment, design and safety.…

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A modern-day Roman feast

Akoya Club Spa and Pleasure is a new compound at the Hamei Yoav hot springs. The compound offers visitors a combination of spa treatments, relaxation corners and limitless culinary surprises served all day long.

Situated next to the hot springs and pools, the spa offers a rich roster of treatments.

Guests can relax in the garden or hot tub before and after treatments, sit in the lounge and enjoy a sumptuous complimentary buffet with ever-changing dishes, take a dip in the streams, have a cocktail or a health drink and simply spend the entire day being pampered.…

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Salzburg pulls out all stops for arts festival

SALZBURG – Despite it small size (population 150,000), Salzburg has become a major center for high-quality classical musical festivals.

This is related to the inherent charm of this baroque city, a World Heritage Site, and its exquisite surroundings as well as the comfort and acoustics of the four major venues used for musical events.

Besides the prestigious six-week summer festival, the city celebrates Mozart’s birthday every January with performances by major international artists and ensembles.…

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Diamonds in the rough

Tucked away in Acre’s Old City lies a hidden gem. One that is just waiting to be discovered. On first inspection, the recently developed Turkish Bazaar may look like any other market alley filled with shops and food stalls but a closer inspection reveals a special project that is attempting to put Acre on the map once again.

A recent visit to the bazaar, which was originally established in the Ottoman period in the 18th century, revealed a bustling center of a few intimate stalls, all operated by passionate people with fascinating individual stories of their own.…

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Voices of Jerusalem: For a better society

“I always wanted to contribute to society,” says Michael Pomeranz, the unassuming owner of Pomeranz bookstore, which Michael claims has the largest selection of Jewish-themed books under one roof in the world. The store’s website refers to itself as the “Gan Eden of Jewish Books”, and stocks a massive selection from Chassidic works to books with a Zionist, historical and political bent to general books on travel and food.…

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Budapest: The good and the bad

We arrived in Budapest early in the morning for a four-day intensive tour, part of 40 bleary-eyed members of a travel group organized by the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel.

Once safely on our bus, we were soon wide awake, listening to our Israeli and Hungarian guides discuss the history of the Jews in Budapest as they pointed out the sights.…

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Voices of Jerusalem: Crazy about coffee

“I love coffee,” smiles Rosie Nathan, one of the owners of The Coffee Mill on Emek Refaim Street. The store sells over 40 variations of quality coffee and puts together special blends for customers, either in the form of beans or ground in store. “People generally come in to savor a cup, and then take beans home with them,” says Rosie.…

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Discovering the real Turkish delight

Relations between Israel and Turkey have been upgraded from frigid to tepid in recent months, with ambassadors from the two countries soon to be exchanged. Israeli and Turkish Tour operators have been salivating since the dramatic announcement a few months ago of a historic phone call. In a makeshift trailer set up on the tarmac at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Erdogan and apologized for the nine deaths that resulted from the boarding by Israeli soldiers of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara.…

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Kosher off the beaten track

In some American cities, kosher food could be considered almost run-of-the-mill to Jews and non-Jews alike. There are more kosher restaurants in the metro-New York area than anyplace outside Israel, and large Jewish communities such as Miami, Florida, London, England and Melbourne, Australia boast impressive lists of kosher establishments.

In recent years, however, kosher food has become something of a fad, even outside “traditional” Jewish quarters.…

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Trading Shellfish for Shabbat

Eldad Vezehu, the Jerusalem restaurant famous for French dishes including non-kosher seafood like clams and mussels and meat-and-cheese specialties has decided to change direction and open its doors to the kosher crowd.

Owners say they simply got tired of working on Shabbat, after 14 years of operating seven days a week. Once they decided to close for the Israeli weekend, the logical next step was to change the menu and apply for a kashrut certificate in order to appeal to kosher-keeping Jerusalemites.…

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Good Bye Desert, Hello Hawaii!!!

For 40 years the Jews traveled the Sinai desert in search of a future, now Jews around the globe are in search of a place to relax. There’s one problem: No kosher food. Search no further because we have found the solution: Dani Klein, author of the “Yeah That’s Kosher” blog, has created a source of information for the kosher traveler.…

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ln Honor of Israel’s Independence Day

If you can eat only one meal in Israel, choose breakfast. Preferably at a kibbutz.

If you can’t find a kibbutz, the morning spread at an Israeli hotel should do the trick. This lavish dairy buffet, an event everyone remembers even if the rest of their trip to the Holy Land is a blur, originates from the kibbutz.

Ravenous from waking up at dawn and working in the fields at daybreak, kibbutz workers gathered mid-morning in the communal dinning room where a table was unceremoniously laden with seasonal produce, dairy products, cooked eggs and fresh bread.…

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Best Jewish Travel Ideas for Boston

On the evening of April 18, 1775, the sexton of the Old North Church climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were heading to Lexington and Concord (just a few miles from Boston) by sea and not by land. This fateful event sparked the American Revolution and assured Paul Revere’s place in American history. …

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Top Jewish Travel Sights of Chicago

Although Chicago is known by some as the “Second City” it is a destination of choice for travelers drawn to its world-class cultural attractions, diverse neighborhoods and architectural wonders. Chicago is known for its world-famous museums, fantastic shopping, lively nightlife, world-class sporting events and a thriving theater scene that is now spoken of in the same breath as New York’s Great White Way. …

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Ten Best Jewish Travel Sites in Las Vegas

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas and despite the deep recession that has sapped a great deal of strength from this city, there is still a whole lot happening in Vegas. The collapse of the new construction market and a general decline in tourism and convention business have made Vegas more affordable than ever before and midweek rates at four and five star hotels are available at prices so low you will think a zero is missing.…

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A Culinary Trip to Panama City

When two single Jewish women travel in Panama City for a much needed vacation, they can expect to be wined and dined every single evening. And when there are enough good kosher restaurants, over a half dozen, you can bet that these two single girls were happy to oblige. Our friend’s parents alerted the neighborhood of our arrival and every night, there would be a knock at the door and gentleman would sweep us away to a different restaurant.…

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A Taste of Jewish Rome

In the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica, against the backdrop of the Coliseum, it may seem crazy to think of Rome as a Jewish city.  However,   after four days here, I could not help but think about how much Jews are inextricably bound up in the history of ancient Rome, how Jews were central characters in the drama that would capture the imagination and faith of millions from the halls of the Vatican and how Jews emerged from the ghetto to become a vibrant minority in modern Rome.…

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A Taste of Jewish Florence

The renaissance is still very much alive in Florence.  A medieval city preserving its unique place between the Uffizi and the iPhone.   From the Ponte Vecchio to the doors of Ghiberti, the awe inspiring David and the Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore, I walk through the cobblestone streets and wonder if life would have turned out differently if I paid a little more attention during arts and crafts in kindergarten.…

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A Taste of Jewish Venice

Venice is a magical city.  It seems to float on water.  Boats pass through the Grand Canal.  Small tributaries navigated by colorful gondoliers flow between medieval stone buildings awash in faded pastel.  Hidden bridges lead you to narrow cobblestone streets filled with tourists and eager merchants selling masks, decorative glass and, of course, pizza.

Venice is also home to a remarkable Jewish community that can trace its history over five centuries. …

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