Hillary Larson

Peaceful Sarajevo

The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina is safe, restored and beautiful.

04/07/2010
Travel Writer

A few weeks ago, writing about Belfast, I was reminded of another delightful, little-touristed European city whose recent past is marked by religious/ethnic strife.

That city is Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is sad and telling that the top “Frequently Asked Question” on Bosnia’s tourism Web site is: “Isn’t there still a war in Bosnia?”

A footbridge in the old city of Mostar, a few hours south of Sarajevo.

At Home in Forest Hills

10/30/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

The title of this blog entry is an intentional riff on the charming and wonderful 

At Home in Forest Hills

The title of this blog entry is an intentional riff on the charming and wonderful  At Home in Mitford series by southern author Jan Karon.  The protagonist of the series, the unflappable Father Tim, is the endlessly patient pastor of a small church in a small town.  The books- each in its own slow and magical way- display both the charms and the challenges of the clerical life in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else's business.  Father Tim spends virtually his entire pastoral career in Mitford, and the town and its citizens are in his bones and his sou

City On Edge As Holidays Near

09/03/1999
Staff Writer
A day after the arson fire at a Hauppauge, L.I., synagogue last week, a congregant at the neighboring Dix Hills Jewish Center rushed up to the rabbi to ask about security for the High Holy Days. "He said security was being beefed up and that there was nothing to be worried about," the congregant, Elaine Greenwald, said later of her conversation with Rabbi Howard Buechler. "I trust that when the rabbi tells me that, we're doing all we can."
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