07/26/2016 - 13:31 | | Travel Writer | Travel

In the 2008 French film “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis,” a goofy comedy that pokes fun at regional stereotypes, a hapless postal worker is rewarded for years of suffering in the country’s bleak north with a supposedly plum post — on the Mediterranean island of Porquerolles.

07/19/2016 - 12:59 | | Travel Writer | Travel

In the heart of Virginia horse country, not far from where the Confederates surrendered at Appomattox, there is a graceful white house on an estate called Hyde Park.

07/12/2016 - 11:39 | | Travel Writer | Travel

I was 12 when the family cross-country road trip took us to the Grand Canyon. I remember lunching at El Tovar, one of the historic lodges in the National Park system, and peering over the russet-red expanse of the canyon, those endless craters and ridges, heat shimmering in waves.

07/05/2016 - 16:38 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Amid the cool stone alleys and sunny, palm-fringed plazas of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, it was easy to imagine Jewish scribes and accountants bustling about in Roman times. I found plenty of Jewish history when I Googled in advance of a trip: descriptions of Valencia’s barrios, synagogues, plazas and mikvahs. All of it stopped in the late 1400s.

06/28/2016 - 12:31 | | Travel Writer | Travel

The tension between integration and separateness is one that Jews know particularly well.

To be Jewish in the diaspora is, by default, to have a hybrid identity. Where one identity ends and another begins, and the spaces where they overlap — these are waters most of us navigate throughout life, even more so when we travel and those identities are thrown into sharp relief against the backdrop of foreignness.

06/21/2016 - 12:23 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Summer in the Berkshires starts this week for hundreds of children at Camp Ramah, the iconic Jewish retreat that is a cornerstone of the American Conservative movement.