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  • A visit to Jewish heritage in Padova, Italy

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    1 week ago

    On a stiflingly hot day a couple weeks ago, I spent an afternoon in Padova (Padua), Italy, visiting some of the centuries-old Jewish heritage sites in the city -- they are being developed now as both a resource for local people and as an attractive itinerary for tourists and other...

  • Ramadan tours promote coexistence between Israeli Arabs and Jews

    2 weeks ago

    The group of Jewish-Israelis sat in a semicircle on the thick, red carpet of the mosque. The women wore headscarves; everyone’s feet were bare.

    They had come to this Arab town in central Israel to experience a slice of Ramadan, the monthlong daytime fast...

  • Israel’s tourism industry still hurting from last summer’s conflict

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    July and August should be peak season for tourism in Israel. From hiking and snorkeling to exploring ancient ruins or camel riding in the desert, Israel has it all. With schools out for summer in the US many families choose to...

  • One year after attack, Brussels Jewish museum is drawing crowds

    May 20, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    Although they now have to pass through a metal detector flanked by three armed soldiers, visitors to Brussels’ Jewish museum seem undeterred by the security arrangements that were introduced there last year, after the slaying of four people, allegedly by an Islamist fanatic.

    ...
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  • The March Jewish Heritage Europe Newsletter is out!

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    March 18, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    The new Jewish Heritage Europe Newsletter is out!

    Click here to read it in your browser.

    News & info from Poland, Italy, Latvia, Croatia, Portugal and the UK and more... with a focus on synagogue history,  architecture & preservation.


    There also are calls for fellowship applications, papers, workshops and conferences as well a links to a photo gallery of the symbolic decorative image of the hands raised in priestly blessing.

    Check it out -- and subscribe to both the monthly newsletter and the regular item-by-item news feed!

  • Do you Travel #LikeAGirl?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 8, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Did you see the Always commercial from the Superbowl  and wonder: "Do I throw #LikeAGirl?" What does it mean to do something #LikeAGirl?  

    Today, on International Women's Day during Women's History Month, I ask you: "Do you travel #LikeAGirl?"

     

    The questions and issues of...

  • The best is yet to come in evolving Israeli tourism

    By Ryan E. Smith

    March 4, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Following a record year for tourism in 2013 — when 3.5 million visitors came to the Holy Land — things got off to an even better start in 2014. More people were on track to visit than ever … until the Gaza war last summer. By year’s end, the overall number of tourists arriving was...

  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Israeli tourists evacuated from Maldives

    July 31, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    Israeli tourists in the Maldives had to be evacuated from the island nation after an Israeli surfer removed an anti-Israel sign placed outside a guest house.

    The tourists were evacuated earlier this week from Kaafu Thulusdhoo Island by security services after protesters on the...

  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • Honoring Bloomberg, welcoming the Pope, building an internet empire and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 26, 2014 | 8:20 am

    A Holy visit

    Pope Francis landed in Israel this Sunday, as part of his first visit to the Middle East. After visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem, he invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace. Both Abbas and Peres accepted the invitation,...

  • Findings in space, the new Israeli YouTube hit, Zombies in TLV and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 17, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    An international honor

    The International Space University (ISU) has announced that the Technion in Israel will host the ISU's Annual Space Studies Program in the summer of 2016.  This is a major achievement for Israel’s Technological Institution and for the State of Israel.

    ...

  • Jerusalem high on new skyline

    March 12, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Ten years ago, Jerusalem was just starting to emerge from the Second Intifada, which scared away local residents as well as investors. Many shops and restaurants closed during that period, leaving hundreds of storefronts with “for sale” signs. 

    Fast-forward 10 years, and...

  • Voluntouring in Israel

    March 5, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Going on holiday can mean relaxing or sightseeing, tasting new foods or learning firsthand about new cultures. A growing segment of vacationers, however, goes abroad to work for free.

    Voluntourism — volunteering and tourism — has been cited as one of the fastest-growing sectors...

  • Making it in Hollywood, celebrating diversity, rocking Masada and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 3, 2014 | 11:57 am

    Protecting migrating birds

    Israel sets an example in the protection of migrating birds, with a singular program in which wild birds are fed with the aim of preserving their old migration patterns while protecting relatively new agrarian lands. It all takes place in the Hula...

  • Tourism to Israel reaches all-time high

    January 9, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    Israel reported an all-time high in annual visitors in 2013.

    A record 3.54 million visitors arrived in Israel in 2013, half a percent more than the previous record year. Meanwhile, some 272,000 tourists arrived in December, a 14 percent increase over December 2012, setting a...

  • Best of 2013, BDS fail, reform rabbinate, good news for dog owners and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 6, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    The new discovery that will help detect Breast Cancer “gene”

    Another breakthrough in the fight against cancer: Researchers at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel have developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in...

  • Leaving Israel is becoming a trend, so why do I choose to stay?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 23, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    After spending Friday nights in Tel-Aviv and calling each other “brother” or “sister,” comes the most recent Israeli trend: leaving Israel.

    It is now THE Israeli thing to do: pack, fly, start anew abroad. This phenomenon is not new, but it has recently become impossible to...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 23, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Shared agriculture

    Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli and Palestinian Agriculture Ministries agreed to revive some of the joint committees formed in the 1990s under the Oslo Accords, which were frozen 13 years ago. The ministries also decided to...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 16, 2013 | 3:43 am

    10 things you must know before visiting Israel?

    CNN published an article on their website of 10 things a tourist must know before visiting Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. They wrote about the special scenery, the uniqueness of Tel-Aviv and the magic of Jerusalem. While trying to...

  • Americans in Yemen fear kidnappings

    July 25, 2013 | 9:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Luke, an American photographer and editor for an English-language local newspaper, lives in one of the tall historic buildings in the city.  With increased kidnappings of Westerners in Yemen, he also lives in fear.

    The number...

  • Hallelujah: Jellyfish swarm departs Tel Aviv after summer of terror

    By Simone Wilson

    July 24, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Those cursed "Erythraean alien nomadic jellyfish" who have been planting their tentacles upon Israel's summer masses all month — tourists and locals just trying to enjoy the warm Mediterranean waters off Tel Aviv's kilometers of party beach, and coming up stung — have finally tired...

  • Zionism, Militarism, and Fantasy Camp

    By Aryeh Cohen

    June 2, 2013 | 5:59 pm

    For some reason I don’t think that any of the founders of Zionism are standing and applauding from their places of eternal reward (wherever those may be).

    NPR reported this morning about Caliber 3, an Israeli company which, according to their website, “was established in the year...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Joan Rivers jokes about the holocaust and refuses to apologize

    On the Febuary 25th episode of the E! show: Fashion Police, Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's dress, saying: : “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 31, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Rare findings from the First Temple era were found near Jerusalem
    Road excavation at a new section of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway led to a unique archeological discovery from the first temple era. The ritual building that was found is one of very few findings from Judea during...

  • ‘Come back [to Israel] and bring a lot of people with you’

    December 4, 2012 | 11:11 am

    “No Shopping!” guide Nadav Kersh admonished his charges as they entered the crowded Old City of Jerusalem. “I mean it. No shopping! It’s just too easy to get lost here.”

    Kersh was guiding a group of tour operators from the U.S., U.K. and South Africa on a whirlwind tour of the...

  • Syrian fighting decimates tourism industry

    December 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. International flights into and out of the capital continued despite throughout 20-months of fighting between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the rebels seeking to depose him. But as...

  • Haifa a many-faceted jewel

    By Elyse Glickman

    October 31, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Visiting Americans often compare Haifa with San Francisco for its hilly landscape and trendy, artsy neighborhoods, or Boston for its mix of academia and maritime culture. While this northern Israeli city is a weekend getaway for Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians, Haifa is also worth...

  • Culture on the menu

    October 15, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Times Square, the icon of New York kitsch and tourism, pop culture and media art, not only looked different that day in late September, it smelled different. The place that many people call the center of the world was transformed into one big Chinese kitchen. That's right. Times...

  • Ancient Shiloh: A new stop on the tourist map?

    August 14, 2012 | 11:34 am

    Travis Allen was spending three weeks in 2009 driving around Israel visiting historic sites when he suddenly noticed Shiloh on the map and asked his driver if they could go to the site of the archaeological dig. What Allen, a financial adviser from California who’s making his first...

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