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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... read full article

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • At Passover, let my people go south

    by Ben Harris, JTA

    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:...

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