King David Hotel

Israel’s Luxe Boom

The soon-to-open Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is the latest high-end hotel to hit the city.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Just when    it seemed that Jerusalem’s luxury hotel market was saturated, here comes the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Hotel, which is expected to open its doors in time for Passover.

The soon-to-open Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem. Courtesy of Marriott International Inc

Jerusalem 2013: A City of Beggars and Prophets

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I fell in love with Jerusalem in 1971, as a junior-year-abroad student at the Hebrew University.  Someone who visits there today for the first time would be hard-pressed to imagine just how different the city was then...

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

My (Really) Big Fat Israeli Wedding

The high-end market is soaring, wedding planners report. Two hundred flower girls and boys, anyone?
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Born into a poor Moroccan immigrant family that settled in the development town of Dimona, Yardena Ovadia always dreamed of giving her daughter a fairytale wedding.

A millionaire who made a fortune doing business in New Guinea, Ovadia spent almost $2 million on the Venetian-themed wedding, which featured close to 200 flower girls and boys, a riverfront setting designed to look like a canal in Venice, and — of course — gondoliers.

A chupah ceremony at the King David offers head-on view of Jerusalem’s Old City. Photos courtesy King David Hotel
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