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President Endorses Gay Synagogues


President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City


BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

My Girona

The Catalonian city and the reclamation of its Jewish past.

Special To The Jewish Week

In the charming port town of Castello d’Empúries, municipal guide Paul Andreu tells Jewish visitors about the “call,” the town’s Jewish district — “Sepharad is your home.”

The Romanesque bridge of Besalu.

A Dream Trail Unchosen

Aulus and the need to remember.

Special To The Jewish Week

‘Are you a big-city girl?” our burly host, Jean-Michel, inquired over breakfast in a centuries-old bishop’s palace he had bought from a friend and converted into a bed-and-breakfast in St. Lizier, one of the oldest, loveliest villages of the Ariège, in southern France. My husband and I were following a dream trail from Barcelona, through Catalunya, the country of medieval Jewish mystics, across the Pyrenees and to the land of the Cathars.

A sign pointing the way to one of the area’s thermal springs.  David Koral

A Costa Rican Casa That’s Kosher

Exquisite beaches, tropical scenery — and a private chef to cook for the kashrut-observant family.

Travel Writer

Anytime she traveled off the proverbial beaten path, Riverdale’s Bryna Landes, like many Jews who keep kosher, used to pack heavy. Really heavy. Suitcases full of canned tuna, shrink-wrapped bread, pots, pans and peelers amounted to a portable kosher kitchen.

A rental in Guanacaste. “There is a niche, and there is a need,” says kosher rental broker.  Courtesy of Kosher Casas

Hummus In The Prenzlauer Berg

The Israelification of Berlin.

Travel Writer

This winter, the relentlessly modern city of Berlin is taking a hard look back — at the fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 years ago last month, and at four-and-a-half decades of Communism that divided a people.

Opposite page, top: Dancing at a “kibbutz” party sponsored by Habait. Courtesy Nirit Bialer/Habait

In Downtown L.A., Everything Old Is New Again

Remaking the city’s now-hip (and touristy) Grand Central Market, whose deep Jewish roots go back nearly a century.


Los Angeles — At 97 years old, Grand Central Market has become one of the hottest destinations in this city, drawing long lines of foodies eager for the finest in artisanal cheeses, coddled eggs and pour-over coffee.

Micah Wexler at Wexler’s Deli, above. Opposite page, inside the Grand Central Market. Anthony Weiss

Back To The Borscht Belt

Updated version of Kutsher’s documentary captures a colorful chapter in the American Jewish journey.


When young independent music enthusiasts descended on the an-tiquated Jewish resort of Kutsher’s for an international indie rock concert series in 2008, it was “kind of like ‘Cocoon’ meets ‘The Shining,’” Barry Hogan recalls in the documentary film “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.”

A still shot from the forthcoming film “Welcome to Kutsher’s.” Via Kutshersdoc.com.

New Museum Reflects Growing Interest In All Things Jewish

As crowds flock to Warsaw’s POLIN Museum, TripAdvisor puts Krakow Jewish institutions in the spotlight


Krakow, Poland — Crowds have been streaming to Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews since its core exhibition opened Oct. 28 at a high-profile ceremony led by the presidents of Poland and Israel.

Revelers dancing at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, one of many Jewish culture festivals in Poland. Wojciech Karlinski

Highlights Of The POLIN Museum


The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews occupies a shimmering, glass-walled building that faces a dramatic sculptural monument on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto and Warsaw’s main downtown Jewish district.

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