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‘Feel the rhythm’ of Jamaica’s Judaism [PHOTOS]

By Roberto Loiederman

October 10, 2012 | 12:18 pm

The synagogue has a congregation that is a mix of Sephardi and Ashkenazi, Orthodox and Reform. Photo courtesy of the United Congregation of Israelites of Jamaica.

The first thing you notice at Shaare Shalom Congregation in Kingston, Jamaica is the sand on the floor, softening the sound of your footsteps as you take your seat. You bend down and let... read full article

  • Casino in the shuk

    by Lisa Alcalay Klug

    September 5, 2012 | 10:50 am

    On the other side of town, inside Mahane Yehuda Market, today’s Casino de Paris picks up where the British Mandate period left off. Once a popular officer’s club-casino-bordello, the current incarnation is a much tamer late-night haunt. 

    Co-launched by shuk innovator Eli Mizrahi,...

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

    by Lisa Alcalay Klug

    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...

  • City of Lights sparkles with Jewish life

    by Curt Leviant and Erika Pfeifer Leviant

    June 20, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Paris, the City of Lights, also brims with the bright light of Jewry.

    Jewish history stretches back more than 2,000 years in France, and Jewish life in the city best known for the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame dates to the first century B.C.E. In modern history, three...

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  • Rebirth of Jewish life in Berlin

    by Norman Sklarewitz

    June 5, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Once the infamous Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the sweeping reconstruction that began in West Berlin at the war’s end,was repeated and even accelerated in what had been the Communist controlled East Berlin.  Spectacular shopping complexes, elegant new hotels and office towers...

  • Up close and personal with the TSA

    by Monica Osborne

    May 15, 2012 | 10:07 pm

    Recent days have been full of continually unfolding reports about a new intercepted underwear bomb intended to be carried aboard a U.S.-bound plane by an al-Qaida agent. That agent, said to be British, turned out to be working simultaneously with Saudi and U.S. intelligence, and...

  • Israeli hotels showcase a summer medley of adventures

    by Steve Walz, Contributing Writer

    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...

  • Visitors centers offer a warm welcome

    by Lisa Alcalay Klug

    May 15, 2012 | 6:35 pm

    If you’ve already visited Israel, you know that the hospitality is legendary. Everyone, it seems, has a friend or cousin somewhere that you should look up. But they aren’t the only people who will welcome you. The entire country is host to “visitors centers” from north to...

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