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01/03/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

The Czech Republic’s capital is known locally as Golden Prague — and the city contains its share of Jewish gems.

While the city had a Jewish population of 92,000 before World War II, today only 1,500 Jews are registered as members of Prague’s Jewish community, with another estimated 5,000 living there.

01/03/2012 | | Staff Writer | The Jewish Week Q&A

Yochanan Phaltual is the administrator of the 5,000-member Bnei Menashe in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, a community believed to be one of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel.

In June, Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption voted in principle to resume permitting the remaining 7,200 Bnei Menashe in India to make aliyah, but it set no time schedule.

01/03/2012 | | Travel Writer | Travel

The first thing you may notice about Tucson is the profusion of flowering plants, blossoming cactus and exotically shaped greenery. “I expected it to be dry and arid, like Phoenix,” commented my mother in surprise.

01/03/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Home and Away: An American In Israel

It was date-night Saturday night and we were set to spend a rockin’ evening in Rosh Pina.

We even had a car.

Which is another way of saying, when one is visiting relatives in the Galilee, which, however beautiful and verdant, is nonetheless no Tel Aviv, why not hop, skip and jump it over to what was once one of Israel’s oldest Zionist agricultural communities and hang with one’s fellow senior citizens at the Cinematheque?

12/30/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Because my wife works in an academic setting, the end of December is usually a good time for us to get away for a week or so. Synagogue activity tends to slow down then as well because so many people are away.  It is, as I like to call it, a great opportunity to “air out.”

12/29/2011 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

If you pay attention to my little corner of the internet, you'll notice that I often make things that some other people frown on. Things like tofu. Quinoa. Spinach and lentils. "Healthy" things. Well, this post here is about to undo all of that.