I’ve Got Baggage. You Do, Too

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Name this movie:

“Well I'm gonna go then! And I don't need any of this. I don't need this stuff, and I don't need you. I don't need anything. Except this… Just this ashtray...And this paddle game. The ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need... And this remote control. - The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need... And these matches.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Going Down the Road Feeling Fine

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(Santa Barbara, California) For a little over a week now, my wife and I, along with two other couples that we've been friends with for just about forty years, have been slowly working our way down the coast of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where I will be officiating at a wedding.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

El Al, JetBlue Ink Deal


NEW YORK (JTA) -- El Al and JetBlue will now offer connecting options for customers traveling between the United States and Israel.

Blessed Is The Fruit Of Hagafen Cellars

A full-service kosher winery tucked along the Silverado Trail.

Special To The Jewish Week

Napa, Calif. — Hagafen Cellars sits at the end of a country lane bordered by vineyards and olive trees on the Silverado Trail.

There are many wineries on the trail, but what makes Hagafen Cellars different is its distinction as Napa Valley’s only full-service kosher winery. And the man behind it all is veteran winemaker Ernie Weir. 

Winemaker Ernie Weir, at right, with the fruits of his labor at Napa Valley's only full-service Kosher winery.

I love Jewish NY

Staff Writer
Sure. Come to New York, spend your money on fancy dinners and Broadway shows and visits to the Statue of Liberty. But maybe you can take a little time out of your busy schedule for The Jewish Museum or the Eldridge Street Synagogue? The above probably won’t be part of a major Jewish tourism campaign that is taking shape after nearly a decade of planning.

Resort Revved Up For Facelift

Staff Writer
It won't be the Concord Resort Hotel we once knew (Jewish through and through) but it will still serve kosher blintzes and sour cream. The new owners of the Concord Resort Hotel insist there will still be a Jewish ambiance when the hotel, one of the largest in the world. It reopens the main building Oct.1 after a $40 million to $50 million renovation.

Consul General A Security Risk?

Staff Writer
Did an overly cautious pilot take security concerns to new heights? Or did a fuming Israeli official fly off the handle when the pilotís concerns were not addressed quickly enough? What is clear is that the official, Alon Pinkas, Israel's consul general in New York, and his wife did not fly home from San Francisco last week on National Airlines, as originally scheduled. Although Pinkas refused through a spokesman to discuss the incident Monday, he told Israel-based reporters Sunday that the pilot would not allow him on the plane.

Trying To Salvage Summer Israel Travel

Staff Writer
The recession and lower fuel costs have resulted in airfare prices that have not been seen since 2002. Now, armed with discount air/hotel packages and other incentives, officials of El Al believe they can help revive the flagging tourist trade to Israel. “We are optimistic about the summer because of the new campaigns we are launching and the lower prices,” said Haim Romano, El Al’s president. “We feel the market is coming back.”
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