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  • Will we finally be visa-free?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 6, 2013 | 10:13 am

    "A bipartisan, bicameral group of congressmen has drafted legislation that would allow Israelis to visit the United States for 90 days without a visa."  These words opened an article in The Jerusalem Post a couple of weeks ago. You may read this and think to yourself "well, that's...

  • Report: Communities Must Do More to Attract Birthright Alums

    March 23, 2009 | 3:29 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—Nearly 160,000 young Jews from North America have taken part in Taglit-Birthright Israel, a 10-day free Israel trip aimed at revving up their Jewish identities.

    Of those no longer in college, only half have attended any Jewish event since their return.

    That’s...

  • Analysis: Mumbai attacks mean new challenges for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 4, 2008 | 12:53 am

    ALTTEXTChabad men mourn near the bodies of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, and his wife Rivkah, 28. Photo by Brian Hendler/JTA


    Israel may consider beefing up security at hundreds of Israeli and Jewish institutions around the world in the wake of the terrorist attack at the Chabad center in...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Abdullah Takes Saudi Throne

    The successor to the late Saudi King Fahd has previously proposed a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Crown Prince Abdullah, who was pronounced monarch within hours of Fahd's death of a long illness Monday, authored a Middle East peace plan endorsed...

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  • Melrose: Avenue of the Stars of David

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The street was made famous by the TV show "Melrose Place," and for years, scores of tourists have trawled Melrose Avenue every day, hoping that some Los Angeles stardust will rub off on them.

    They find a number of things as they stroll down Melrose: They discover that while there...

  • Dining With Tolerance in Krakow

    By David Wallis

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Soon after Alef Jewish Restaurant opened for business in Krakow's Jewish quarter more than a decade ago, a gaggle of Polish schoolgirls wandered in during their lunch break. The anxious students asked the restaurant's co-owner, Janusz Benigier, whether they served non-Jews.

    Benigier...

  • Tourist Trap

    By Rabbi Ron Shulman

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Summer is often a season of travel and vacation. Whether travel is a part of our plans for this summer, most of us have had the experience of being a tourist.

    Some of us are bold and adventurous travelers; we enjoy exploring every new place and sight. Others of us, just as curious...

  • Jewish History Draws in Bratislava

    By Curt Leviant

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Once we declared here that we would visit Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, we expected people to say, "How quaint! How interesting! What an unusual place to visit." Instead, we invariably heard, "Why Bratislava?" And in Prague, when we announced our next stop, the reaction was,...

  • A Reason to Party

    By Eric Silver

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After Osama bin Laden demolished the World Trade Center, then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a point of dining out in Manhattan. Last week, after two more bombings, Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert went one step further.

    Olmert persuaded hundreds of citizens to join him for a...

  • Closed for the Duration

    By Larry Derfner

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Whenever there's a wave of terror in Israel, the nation's hotels come up against a wave of cancellations, and the country's entire tourist industry -- from five-star hotels to souvenir hawkers -- goes into a slump. But in a few months the terror and fear subside, and the tourists...