Reveling In ‘Island Time’

Travel Writer

Note: This is the second of two articles on Jamaica.

Hermosa Cove is aptly named, I thought as I took a seat on the shady veranda of the eponymous resort. Before me, a pale-aqua sea lapped gently at a tiny, pristine beach. Earlier that morning I had taken a dip in these waters off Ocho Rios, where a rocky coastline and thick, jungle-like forests conceal some of Jamaica’s most intimate resorts.

Hermosa Cove, near Ocho Rios. Hilary Larson/JW

My Five Must-See Destinations For 2014

Travel Writer

Some years, given a world full of tempting travel choices, I have a tough time honing in on the top five or so destinations. Not this year. 2014 looks to be an exciting year of Jewish rebirth and rediscovery for places as far afield as Latvia, Jamaica and Poland. Meanwhile, as Jewish life continues to coalesce and flourish in the big New World cities, L.A. and Sao Paulo offer some clear advantages this year. These are the places I’m most excited to explore in 2014 – and here’s why:

As an upcoming European Capital of Culture, Riga is a choice travel destination this year. Photo courtesy Riga City Council

A Jewish Revival In Kingston Town

Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions coexist in a shul with a white-sand floor.

Travel Writer

Ever thought about celebrating Sukkot in a palm-frond sukkah? Or Shabbat in a temple with a white-sand floor, where Sephardic melodies mingle with traditional British text?

Shaare Shalom, with its sand-covered floor and pipe organ. Elie Klein

Congregation Bet-El Celebrates Completion Of Six-Year Renovation

Staff Writer

Congregants of Congregation Bet-El Sephardic Center of Jamaica Estates held a gala celebration last Sunday to mark the expansion of their synagogue, six years after the work began.

Rabbi Nisarov, community and political leaders their growing synagogue. Photo courtesy Congregation Bet-El

Walk For Israel: From Jamaica Estates To Indonesia

Queens activist supports Zionist in most populous Muslim country.
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Karen Hochberg, who founded a Memorial Day weekend march for Israel in her Jamaica Estates neighborhood a dozen years ago, now coordinates larger-scale marches around the world for the nonprofit group Afikim to honor Israel’s anniversary.

Karen Hochberg
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