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Jerusalem high on new skyline

by Michele Chabin

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,... read full article

  • Rare chance to see ancient biblical artifacts, documents

    by Michele Chabin

    March 5, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    An exhibition of more than 200 of the world’s rarest biblical manuscripts is drawing big crowds to the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. 

    The “Book of Books” exhibition will be housed at the museum through October. The museum, which contains a huge collection of artifacts produced in...

  • Voluntouring in Israel

    by Viva Sarah Press

    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...

  • Judaism in Norway: The longest Shabbat

    By Ryan E. Smith

    February 6, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Every summer, Nikolaj Kahn faces a major Jewish problem.

    “It never gets dark,” Kahn said during a walkthrough of the Jewish Museum in Trondheim, Norway, located about 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. “We get desperate calls from the cruise ships asking when Shabbat starts....

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  • Mayan Riviera: Mayan ruins, shining sea

    by Lisa Alcalay Klug

    February 6, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Gazing at the expansive turquoise seas and white sands of the Mayan Riviera, it’s easy to imagine the infamous pirates of the Caribbean who once dominated these waters. This is where the notorious Captain William Kidd, Edward “Blackbeard” Teach and John “Calico Jack” Rackham...

  • Jerusalem’s First Station: All aboard for fun

    by Michelle Chabin

    October 9, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Jerusalem’s First Station may be more than 120 years old, but its smart new look, trendy shops and daily events have transformed it from an abandoned skeleton of a railway station into a place where young — and young-at-heart — locals as well as tourists, come to decompress.  

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  • Jewish culture adds spice to Santa Fe

    By Elyse Glickman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Santa Fe has a lot more than great cuisine and an art scene to intrigue travelers — this New Mexico town is more than 400 years old and the oldest state capital in America. And for Jewish travelers, it contains surprises that cross all of these areas.

    Some of the first Jewish...

  • Iceland’s inner warmth

    By Elyse Glickman

    June 19, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    Iceland is a small place that is big on surprises. 

    Scandinavian in its roots, the society has a reputation as being a homogenous, quaint and relatively uneventful place — Björk and her infamous swan dress aside. In the last several years, however, an influx of tourists,...

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