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Jewish Journal

Lisa Alcalay Klug

  • Israeli spas may be just the thing for what ails you

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Miracles in the Holy Land aren't only of a spiritual nature. Israel also boasts a long list of spas with amazing healing properties. Here's a look at some appealing and pampering clinics. They all offer mineral-rich mud packs and other treatments to ease sore muscles, arthritis...
  • Honeymoon in the sun

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Sunny climes are made for honeymoons. Whether you opt for a kosher cruise, a getaway to Costa Rica, a retreat to Hawaii or another warm locale, juicy possibilities await with plenty of exotic, warm weather options. So take a look and pencil something in. You may soon decide it looks...
  • Gear Up for an Israel Vacation

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With summer travel to Israel around the corner, now's the time to plan your packing strategy. From new high-tech gadgets to easy-care clothing, from hybrid shoes to crushable sun hats, there's plenty to choose from as gifts for loved ones and must-haves for your own comfort. We've...

  • Nefesh Immigrants Cite Smoother Aliyah

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Fairfax resident Yasmine Noury boarded an El Al flight late last year, she joined the growing ranks of North American Jews who immigrated to Israel in 2005.

    "I really believe in living in Israel, and I felt the best time to make aliyah was when I'm young, before I have too many...

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  • Keep Kosher, Cool on Alaska Cruise

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Witnessing glaciers calving into crystal blue waters, humpback whales fluking their magnificent tails and clouds weaving cottony billows around the tips of waterfront spruce forests are all in a day's work for the average Alaskan cruise-goer.

    Like the humpback whales each summer,...

  • Spice Up Pesachat Ixtapa Club Med

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Kayaking, catamarans and savory kabobs are all on the menu at the kosher Club Med program in Ixtapa, Mexico. The weather is warm, the sunsets are spectacular and the meals are to "live for."

    Raphael Bellehsen of New York-based Le Voyage Travel is the brains behind the program,...

  • Put Tzedakah on Your Shopping List

    December 22, 2005 | 7:01 pm

    When it comes to Chanukah, the holiday isn't a holiday without gift giving. As a loving relative, thoughtful friend or dutiful employee, you may be on the lookout for clever presents. But what if it's the last minute and you still don't know what to do? To solve this all-too-common...

  • Families, Singles Get Ready to Set Sail

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The leaves have turned, the days are shorter and Chanukah, the holiday of lights, glimmers ahead. With the winter looming, juicy possibilities await, with plenty of exotic, warm weather options. So go ahead and plan your first big escape of 2006. Or surprise a loved one by booking a...

  • Skip the Tsuris of Chanukah Shopping

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    With Chanukah coinciding with the rush for the "other holiday," why spend unnecessary time hunting for parking at the mall or waiting in line? We've surveyed some of the hottest catalogs and Web sites for eight nights of creative gifts. Best of all, you can order in a hurry online or...

  • The Treasures on Top of the Mountain

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By many accounts, it ranks just below Jerusalem as one of Israel's most beloved treasures. It holds United Nations Education, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) status as a World Heritage Site. Conde Nast Traveler magazine even named it the "World's Best Monument."

    Masada,...

  • Qumran Offers Look at Legacy of Scrolls

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Descending eastward from the rolling hills on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the sapphire-colored Dead Sea appears like a jewel set in the dusty brown Judean Desert. As you breathe in the thundering stillness, it's easy to imagine why the ancient Essenes chose this place for their...

  • Bike the Big Apple

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chasidic Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City are easily navigable by bicycle, but given New York's frenetic pace, you might prefer an expert take you there.

    Bronx native Joel Seidenstein stands ready at the handlebars.

    After 33 years teaching social studies in the...

  • Let Your Fingers Do the Gift Shopping

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to the High Holidays, festive meals aren't complete without turban-shaped challahs, pomegranates and apples and honey. As a dinner guest, supportive family member and friend, you may be on the lookout for thoughtful gifts. Turns out, in Israel, Rosh Hashanah is a...

  • Port Town Harbors ‘Oasis of Judaism’

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The captivating simplicity of Onset, Mass., sneaks up on you. In this quaint harbor town, the main activity is perhaps taking walks to the harbor to watch the boats sail and the sun glisten on the water. Therein lies its charm, as well as a hidden jewel of a shul near the bridge at...

  • Hit Biblical Jackpot at Timna’s Mines

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When you ascend the rose red pillars towering over the Arava desert, you hardly expect to look down upon the biblical Mishkan. But that's exactly what you'll find replicated at Israel's picturesque Timna Park just outside Eilat.

    Stretching across the desert near the Jordanian border...

  • Sweet Indulgence at Chocolate Spa

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Spa at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa., is every chocolate lover's fantasy. With bowls of silver-wrapped kisses (certified kosher) seemingly everywhere, and hot cocoa waiting by the fire, it may be the world's only spa that actually encourages guests to consume the stuff...

  • Bachelorettes Just Wanna Have Fun

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Your best friend is soon to wed. You're in charge of the prenuptial ladies fete but your buddy is an iconoclast and so are you. If you're looking for bachelorette parties that score points for originality, you might consider these unusual substitutes.

    Surf's Up

    For an...

  • Raise a Glass to Herzog’s New Winery

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    California's newest and largest kosher winemaking facility boasts the longest history.

    Last week, the Baron Herzog Winery debuted its 77,000-square-foot winery in Oxnard. The label dates back to 1848, when the Herzog family established an operation in the small Slovakian village of...

  • Wild Ride With Wildlife in Miami

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Stretching along the popular beachfront area of Miami, approximately 650,000 Jewish residents support more than 100 synagogues, several Jewish community centers and abundant kosher restaurants, including authentic Thai food. The South Florida city even employs a full-time kashrut...

  • People, Motifs Blend at The Shul

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    At the crossroads of four Miami Beach communities is a thriving Chabad synagogue that welcomes Jews of all stripes. The Shul of Bal Harbour -- locally known as The Shul -- is a thriving community, which draws an unusual blend of Jews from around the world.

    A significant number of...

  • Hawaiian Getaway on Road to Hana

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Far from Kihei and Lahaina rests another side of Maui. A remarkably picturesque three-hour drive leads you into the heart of a rain forest, and an astounding number of bridges, waterfalls and lookouts punctuate the trip.

    Known as the Road to Hana, the route is so popular it...

  • Eat, Daven, Eat on the High Seas

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Performing cantors, adventurous shore excursions and all-you-can-eat sushi are on the menu when Kosherica sets sail. The company's most recent run, departing Ft. Lauderdale for seven days in the Eastern Caribbean, was no exception. Dudu Fisher inaugurated a string of shows, well...

  • Junk Food Tours for Gift Basket Ideas

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The world of kosher junk food tours seems heaven-sent for Purim. Some of America's old-time favorites and a few newer arrivals offer factory tours and visits to megastores where you can taste kosher goodies and learn how they're made.

    Here's a taste of what the country is serving...

  • The Grand Old Jews of York

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In 1773, when Capt. Alexander Graydon visited York, Pa., it was a married Jewish hostess who captured his attention.

    "[T]here was but a single house in which I found that sort of reception which invited me to repeat my visit; and this was the house of a Jew," he wrote of Shinah...

  • Meditate on Shabbat in the Old City

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Minutes from the Western Wall, brilliant bougainvillea grace the courtyard of an Old City apartment encased in Jerusalem's signature stone. This is where participants in Sarah Yehudit Schneider's women-only meditation retreats symbolically leave the rest of the week behind to...

  • Forgo Rainy Day Woe With Spa Trip

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When the torrential winter rains take a reprieve, don some wings and head south. This three-day itinerary for rest, relaxation and kosher cuisine creates sunny inspiration even on the cloudiest days.

    Day 1: Ease in slowly with a day stop at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, an...

  • Watching Whales With a Maui Rabbi

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    By land he's a rabbi, by sea a whale researcher. For David Glickman, moving to the South Pacific 15 years ago to research endangered humpback whales took him well beyond the ocean's realm. It also prompted him to become a rabbi on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

    Glickman, the son of...

  • Spiritually Found Among the Surf

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Standing on a surfboard for the first time, it felt as if time stood still. I can recall the palm trees on the shore, the dusty blue of the island's silhouette in the distance to my left, and my teacher afloat on his board to my right. That first, miraculous ride seemed to last...

  • Pesach, Matzah, Maror and Massage

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Thanks to an increasing number of spas offering Passover packages, a Pesach getaway doesn't necessarily have to lead to weight gain. There is no shortage of luxury resorts where you can nourish your spirituality, pamper your psyche and get a workout. In fact, several highly rated...

  • Jerusalem’s Old City Finds Twin in Girona

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With their narrow passageways and cobblestone streets, picturesque Girona and Jerusalem's Old City share more than just a certain outward appearance.

    As early as the 12th century, artists from this Catalan city portrayed Jerusalem and its Jewish residents in a magnificent tapestry...

  • We’re Off on the Roads to Sepharad

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    An authentic medieval mikvah rests near a stone bridge and the picturesque river it spans in the Catalonian city of Besalu. Clearly marked signs identify the newly renovated "call," or medieval Jewish quarter, in the nearby city of Tortosa. And the restored cobblestone streets of...

  • Jerusalem’s Own Garden of Eden

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Atop a small hill in a corner of Jerusalem, tropical plants take root. Nearly black orchids stand amid carnivorous plants and other leafy creatures dating to ancient times. While the intense Israel sun bakes the outdoors, this treasured vegetation grows protected in a beautifully...

  • A Garden Tour of Biblical Proportions

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Majestic fig trees bear their succulent fruit amid enormous leaves. Boughs of olives suggest the impending harvest as their color changes from green to black. Massive citrons emit their magnificent scent.

    You've just entered Neot Kedumim, Israel's biblical landscape reserve. With...

  • Perfect Gadgets for Jetsetter, Homebody

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes Chanukah, you've got eight nights to get your gift giving right. Our Gift Guide points you toward a cornucopia of categories for every evening of the Festival of Lights. From low- to high-ticket pricing, we've got your loved ones covered, including frequent fliers,...

  • Flying Solo This Winter? Head South

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The leaves have turned, the days are shorter and Chag Urim, the Holiday of Lights, glimmers ahead. In the meantime, if you're single or a student, and itching to plan a winter getaway, we've rounded up a pair of juicy possibilities. Singles might consider a luxury Caribbean cruise...

  • Freewheeling Around D.C.

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Stephen Marks and his wife, Janna, acquired Bike the Sites in December 2002, they didn't realize how their two-wheeled tours of Washington, D.C., would translate to a Jewish audience.

    "We put together some talking points to generate discussion and thought from a Jewish...

  • A Desert High in Palm Springs

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While nearby flatlands warm under perfect 60-degree winter weather, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway transports visitors to a pristine snow-covered forest. In just 10 minutes, this aerial tram carries passengers nearly 6,000 feet. The beautiful 14,000 acres of Mount San Jacinto State...

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