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  • When Your Doctor Takes Vacation.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    Last week, I took a six day vacation.  Two days before and two days after, I put in a total of 32 unpaid hours of work which was cut short by a call from my daughter asking me why I am working during my time off.  While away with my family, I ran into people of different walks of...

  • Kaddish in Mexico

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 12, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    Light and wind poured in through the cracks in the plastic casing the first time we said it. 

    We were in Oaxaca, on the rooftop of a charming but spare hacienda, shielded from the elements by a tent of opaque plastic walls, and the mood was a little bit somber. 

    Three stories...

  • London Report Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    December 26, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    After three months of talking, writing, and dreaming about it, we are finally in London.  After nine months of dating, with never more than three consecutive nights together, the Englishman and I will be spending the next two weeks together.  After almost seventeen years of my son...

  • Letters to the Editor: Berman will be missed, Fight for life, Seeking survivors

    November 16, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Howard Berman Will Be Missed

    Last week’s election was incredibly emotional for me. With the support of my community, a kid from Pacoima won a seat in the United States House of Representatives. But I, like many others, was also very saddened to see Congress lose one of its...

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  • European Jewish Journal

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 13, 2012 | 11:32 am

    When the lights in the theater turned on, after a screening of Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love ended, I started visualizing my boyfriend and me wandering the streets of Rome, breathing romance. Just as if I was struck by magic, I couldn’t get Rome out of my head. About a month...

  • A kiss of the grape — and other adult libations — in Jerusalem

    September 5, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Wine bars, a new twist on an old theme, are drawing huge numbers of clientele in most metropolitan cities. What about the Holy City? Although the selection in Jerusalem doesn’t quite compare to that of its American and European rivals, there are enough choices in the Jewish capital...

  • Saying Goodbye

    By Ilana Angel

    August 16, 2012 | 5:51 pm

    I left the home of my mother and sister yesterday and my heart is broken.  Saying goodbye to my mother is crushing and I can hardly breathe.  It is painful to live so far from her.  When my mother left Israel with her young family, my grandmother saw them off and my mother vividly...

  • Relaxing is Exhausting

    By Ilana Angel

    August 13, 2012 | 6:27 am

    I have been at the lake in Ontario for two days and have done nothing but eat, sleep and sit. I sit on the couch, sit on the porch, sit on the deck, and sit in the kitchen.  I eat, nap, watch TV, and talk to whoever is around. I have colored, beaded, and played with Barbie. I have...

  • Leaving Home or Going Home?

    By Ilana Angel

    August 9, 2012 | 12:23 am

    I am heading home to Canada today.  It is the first time I am going home to see my family in 2 years.  My mother has been here to see me, but I’ve not been to see my siblings, nieces or nephews.  I love them all very much and this is too long to not see them.  Not only am I going...

  • Hot Spot Tel-Aviv

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 8, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Tel-Aviv was listed in Lonely Planets’ “Top Ten Hedonistic Cities Worldwide” list. On the surface, this is yet another nice achievement to add to our pat-on-the-back list. But if we dig a little deeper, we can find out there’s so much more into the appearance on this list. Israel is...

  • What is a Family?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 9, 2012 | 9:50 pm

    I have primary physical custody of my son during the school year and he goes to his dad’s every other weekend.  During the summer however, we split his vacation two weeks on, two weeks off.  It is nice for my son because he can settle in without major disruption.  That said, it is...

  • The Religious Value of Rest and Leisure

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 21, 2012 | 6:07 am

    We are immersed in responsibilities and commitments to work, family, community, society, and the world. I do believe that a primary purpose for human existence is to toil, work, and serve. The value of work is expressed throughout Jewish sources: “Great is work because even Adam did...

  • Israeli hotels showcase a summer medley of adventures

    May 15, 2012 | 6:43 pm

    Spurred by a record-breaking number of foreign tourists who visited the Holy Land during the first quarter of 2012, Israel’s burgeoning hotel industry is gearing up for a busy summer tourism season by sprucing up their facilities and offering a variety of titillating vacation...

  • At Passover, let my people go south

    April 4, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    Passover celebrates the Exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, their wandering in the desert for 40 years, and their ultimate deliverance to the Promised Land.

    But a contemporary observer might be forgiven for imagining the holiday marks a different sort of migration:...

  • Bahia de Kino, The Foundation Part 1

    George Rajna

    December 12, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Three years ago while my wife and I traveled around the world for a year, we spent some time in the Mongolian capitol of Ulaanbaaatar before heading into the emptiness of the Gobi Desert. While roaming the streets of the capitol one afternoon, we ran into a Canadian miner at a video...

  • Realize Your Dreams! (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    September 24, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Join us in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:00pm, for a travel evening to inspire you to “Realize Your Travel Dreams!” 

    This event is designed to give you the opportunity to MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers; get motivation, contacts and...

  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey Vacation – Why did the Manzo kids go?

    By Ilana Angel

    September 19, 2011 | 2:04 am

    The long awaited trip to Punta Cona is finally here, but before I get into the blow by blow, can someone please explain to me why the Manzo kids are on the housewives vacation?  This is The Real Housewives of New Jersey, not the Real Kids of New Jersey Housewives.  It’s nice that...

  • For business or pleasure, hotels rolling out red carpets

    September 13, 2011 | 7:23 pm

    The emergence of Israel on the global high-tech stage as a “start-up nation,” combined with the growing number of international business and Jewish organizational events held in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has spurred a slew of major hotels to invest in upgrading their various...

  • A Mother Who Loves Her Child and a Child Who Loves Her Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    July 29, 2011 | 10:43 am

    It is Friday and I have never looked so forward to a weekend in my life.  My son will be home from vacation on Monday and so this weekend will undoubtedly be painfully long.  I am so excited for him to come home I could bust.  It has been 4 weeks and I want him back.

    I was thinking...

  • Banned From Posting on Facebook By My Teenager

    By Ilana Angel

    July 27, 2011 | 10:14 am

    My son has now been away on vacation for 26 days.  It has been the longest 26 days of my life.  I’ve been counting down until he gets home and I am thrilled to say he will finally be back in just 5 days.  I am so excited I could scream.  He is having a fabulous time, and I am happy...

  • Oh Carnival Cruise Line, how I wish you’d step up to the rest of them…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe some of you noticed that I haven’t written in the last week.  Alright, none of you noticed but that’s not the point.  My husband and I took the boys on a long awaited vacation on board the “brand new” Carnival cruise ship called ‘Splendor’, or as I am calling it ‘Ineptness’.

    ...
  • A Single Mom, Summer Vacation, Crying, Irrational Behavior & Being Single

    By Ilana Angel

    June 30, 2011 | 8:59 am

    I have been a single mother since my son was six months old.  My entire life is wrapped around this boy and my heart functions because of him.  I’m not kidding.  My decisions for myself are made with him in mind, and the choices I make put him and his needs first.  That’s just...

  • Summertime Perks for Parents and Kids

    June 8, 2011 | 7:57 am

    What if you were able to check in at a top Israeli hotel this summer, wave goodbye to the kids at the front desk and then, minutes later, find yourself nursing a fruity Mediterranean cocktail by the sun-kissed pool?

    A mirage? Nope, it’s the real deal!

    A large number of quality...

  • L.A. Synagogues to Take Part in Federation Israel Trip

    June 8, 2011 | 7:20 am

    There are as many reasons to visit Israel as there are people who make the trip. Some want to establish a deeper connection with an ancient homeland; others are excited to explore a unique modern nation.

    As part of a massive trip this fall that is being coordinated by The Jewish...

  • Israelis seek promised wave in Costa Rica

    By Orit Arfa

    April 5, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    Zula is a delightful beachside restaurant where you can breathe in the salty air as Eyal Golan songs play in the background. It also advertises the best falafel in town, made with local garbanzo beans.

    Only Zula, Israeli slang for “relaxation,” is not located in Tel Aviv. It’s...

  • Color Me Mine and Boys

    By Julia Bendis

    December 22, 2010 | 11:14 am

    What’s a mother of boys to do during the 2-week Winter break?  After days of wrestling, fighting, video game playing, and countless hours of television, I decided to take my boys to “Color Me Mine” for some ceramic painting.  I’ve done it before myself, but my boys never showed...

  • Deals on December getaways

    November 19, 2010 | 1:30 pm

    It is so good to be a traveler during December. Whether you want a romantic escape, a girlfriends’ getaway or a family vacation, the deals are abundant as many people choose to stick closer to home through the holiday season. My family and I have traditionally hit the road and...

  • Tel Aviv is Lonely Planet top 10 city

    November 2, 2010 | 9:50 am

    Tel Aviv is among the world’s top 10 cities for 2011 listed by the popular Lonely Planet travel guide website.

    Lonely Planet puts Tel Aviv in third place behind Tangier, Morocco, in second and New York in first.

    “Tel Aviv is the total flipside of Jerusalem, a modern Sin City on the...

  • In the summertime

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    June 19, 2008 | 3:24 pm

    This Friday afternoon is the start of summer, which should make me very happy: BBQ dinners, ice cream trucks, really stupid TV shows that the networks are too embarrassed to run during the regular season. Summer ... you can’t say it without smiling.

    For most of my life, summer...

  • Israeli girl’s disappearance marks 1-year anniversary

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Are you sleeping?" the 1 a.m. caller asked. "She has been found! You can be happy."

    Sadly, for Dania and Dror Rishpy, the call, built on a baseless report from a bad source, brought but another fleeting flicker of hope.

    It has been a year since Dana Rishpy, an Israeli girl last seen...

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