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  • Why I’m Going to Burma (Myanmar)

    4 days ago

    Richard Bangs is a judge in our We Said Go Travel Writing Contest. The contest is extended for two weeks to December 10, 2015. Please share your story of gratitude!

    When word got out I was thinking of taking a group to Burma this November, I received this email: Dear Mr. Bangs: I...

  • Mexico: El Shul de Jesús María

    3 weeks ago

    During a recent visit to Mexico City, a friend suggested I visit La Sinogoga Justo Sierra in La Merced, a neighborhood not far from the Zócalo and Catedral de México. La Merced is an old area of the city where most Mexican Jews, from Syria, Lebanon and Europe, and many other...

  • Amid terror wave, Israel sells over 900 tour packages through Groupon

    October 29, 2015 | 3:47 pm

    More than 900 discounted vacation packages to Israel have been sold through the marketing website Groupon.

    Some 920 eight-day tour packages had been sold for $999 each on the website as of Thursday afternoon. The trips, marketed jointly with Israel’s Tourism Ministry, include...

  • Ready, set, Goa in India

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 29, 2015 | 11:47 am

    Rabbinic tradition has it that Hodu (“India” in Hebrew) is the word Yehudi (“Jew” in Hebrew), without the letter yod, which signifies the one God — suggesting that India possesses kindred spirituality to Judaism, minus the monotheism. Perhaps that is why the predominantly Hindu...

  • Meet the family behind Burma’s last synagogue

    October 28, 2015 | 3:39 pm

    In the center of downtown Yangon (formerly Rangoon), just off the city’s main thoroughfare of Mahabandoola Street, stands Burma’s only remaining synagogue, Musmeah Yeshua. Each year, hundreds of tourists visit the colonial-era synagogue, one of the few remnants of this country’s...

  • Australia, Qantas Koala Class & Justin Bieber

    By Ilana Angel

    September 3, 2015 | 7:22 pm

    As I approach my 50th birthday I am examining my life and making a conscious decision to take more risks than I ever have before. By more risks of course I mean taking just one risk would be more than usual for me. I like to think of myself as brave when it comes to raising my son,...

  • Minnesota State Fair: Six Best Food Hacks

    September 2, 2015 | 8:55 am

    Minnesota State Fair is the second largest State Fair in the United States! The Will family who were once fair booth owners themselves, shared their top food hacks with me. These six best food hacks are the iconic staples of the Fair. It is easy to get overwhelmed with hundreds of...

  • Facing 50 - A Leap of Faith to Australia

    By Ilana Angel

    August 14, 2015 | 3:08 pm

    I am not very good at doing things for myself. As a mother I have always put the needs of my child first. If he needs something and I need something, he gets what he needs. I have never hesitated to put his needs ahead of mine and the truth is I would have done the same even if I...

  • It’s All About Me (and Pluto)

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 17, 2015 | 11:50 am

    NASA scientists celebrated a new landmark in space exploration, and human achievement, early Tuesday morning. After traveling for nine-and-a-half years and a distance of three billion miles, New Horizons — the fastest spacecraft ever to leave earth's orbit — successfully flew past...

  • Boomers: Pack your bags

    By Julie Bien

    June 30, 2015 | 12:42 pm

    Now that the kids are out of the house, there’s time to travel like the freewheeling college student you once were — only now, you have the funds to enjoy it in style. These items will help get you going. Bon voyage!

    The CANON EOS REBEL T6i DSLR CAMERA WITH 18-55mm LENS ($849)...

  • A Comforting Song for Holocaust Remembrance Day

    April 20, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    During last summer’s Israel-Hamas war, I experienced what daily life is like for millions of Israelis who live within range of Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic jihad rocket fire.  I traveled to the Jewish State from the U.S. to partake in an entrepreneurial leadership program for young...

  • Israelis warned to steer clear of more than 40 countries

    March 24, 2015 | 9:17 am

    Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau in its spring travel warnings called on Israelis to stay away from more than 40 countries.

    Recent terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in Belgium, Canada, Australia, France and Denmark raise concerns over additional attacks against Western...

  • 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...

  • Palisades Elementary Charter School Auction: Visit Amanpuri in Thailand

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 7, 2015 | 8:36 am

    Palisades Elementary Charter School Writing and Arithmetic.  More likely, the child will talk about computer lab, music class, or time spent in their school’s garden…the FUN stuff that integrates their core curriculum into real life experiences, and enriches their education and...

  • 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...

  • Things I’ve learned from my first journey to the Far East.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 4, 2015 | 8:34 am

    I have recently returned from my first trip to the Far East. Besides being a journey through some of the world’s most beautiful sceneries, my two weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia were truly eye-opening, and taught me just how little I know about the world and my place in it.


  • Retirement and Reality

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 4, 2014 | 10:20 pm

    During our vacation in Alaska, my husband and I keep meeting older couples who are retired, and seem to spend most of their time driving around the country in an RV, going way for weeks, even months from home. They share their adventures and travels with a laugh, saying how much...

  • After flight cancellations, a waiting game at Ben Gurion Airport

    July 24, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Natali Cohen and Snir Shahar discovered via email around midnight that their flight from Tel Aviv to Barcelona was canceled.

    They’d been looking forward to two weeks exploring the Catalan city and getting a break from the conflict in Israel. Shahar, 23, had just taken a...

  • U.S. issues travel warning for Israel, West Bank and Gaza

    July 21, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    The State Department warned U.S. citizens on Monday against traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, citing the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.

    "The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the...

  • White Night TLV, futuristic transportation, feeding the hungry and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 30, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Welcoming the Douglas family to the Holy Land

    Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrived in Israel on Thursday for the weekend bar mitzvah of Dylan Michael Douglas. The family stayed in the presidential suite of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. They toured Jerusalem,...

  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • The beautiful Banias

    May 21, 2014 | 11:39 am

    The first thing you need to know about the Hermon-Banias Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights is that you will have to fight the temptation to dive into the crystal rushing springs or to stick your feet in the cool waters.

    Access to the Hermon Stream has been strictly forbidden...

  • Next Year Jerusalem: The Journey of a Lifetime

    May 13, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    Next Year Jerusalem: The Journey of a Lifetime

    Can a group of elderly nursing home residents travel abroad? The answer is yes - with care and love and a lot of planning. Such is the case for 8 residents (ages 87-97) of the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Connecticut, who journey...

  • Facing the “unaware public”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    In the past couple of years, I often wrote about the “unaware public.” This is a group of people, the majority of the world’s population, actually, who is politically uninvolved with the conflicted Middle East, and does not find particular interest in the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Exploring Tune Hotels

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 20, 2014 | 9:10 pm

    tune KL night

    Traveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights. ...

  • 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...

  • The Insanely-Tested Top Ten Travel Tips for Spring

    March 10, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    Spring is the season hope is rekindled, when broken blades are renewed, and light washes the shadows. We can go barefoot in the grass, pluck the charms of flowers, whistle in the warming breeze, and hit the winding road.

    Jasper Bangs celebrating Spring

    But, as with any...

  • 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...

  • BDS fail, Jerusalem 200 years ago, new apps, Sochi and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 17, 2014 | 9:52 am

    Beyond belief

    If you’ve ever been to Israel, I assume your heart missed a beat when you first encountered the unique Israeli atmosphere and beautiful sceneries.  The same thing happened Caitlin and Arthur on their Israeli trip. Watch their video, where they talk about their...

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