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Summer Reading In The City

From Brighton Beach magic shows to Upper West Side shoe store murders to Morocco and Ukraine, books by local Jewish authors travel the city and the world.
Jewish Week Book Critic
06/20/2011 - 20:00

‘I am Vaclav the Magnificent,” the young magician introduces his performance, explaining that he comes from a “land of enchanted knowledge passed down from the ages” and is reappearing “here, in America, in New York, in Brooklyn (which is a Borough), near Coney Island, which is a famous place of magic in the great land of opportunity (which is, of course, America), where anyone can become anything, where a hobo today is tomorrow a businessman in a three-pieces suit and a businessman yesterday is later this afternoon a hobo.”

Goodie One Shoes Cover.

Summer Reading June 2011

Voices that linger after the pages are turned and a look back at the American Jewish baseball experience.
06/20/2011 - 20:00
Summer Reading June 2011

A Woman’s Place Is In The (Kosher) Kitchen

As training for female kashrut supervisors grows, the small number of mashgichot will likely increase.
Editorial Assistant
06/20/2011 - 20:00

Donyel Meese had to check with her rabbi before accepting a job at a major Midwestern university — one she wasn’t sure women were allowed to hold. “I had never even heard of a woman mashgiach before,” said Meese, 19.

Louise Powers dishes up food and bonds with students as a mashgicha at the Dickinson College dining hall in Carlisle, Pa.

Cruise Travel To Israel Up

06/09/2011 - 20:00

Cruise travel to Israel is expected to reach an all-time high this month, according to Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The ministry is expecting 50,000 tourists to arrive in the Israeli port cities of Ashdod and Haifa in June. Cruise travel to Israel jumped 250 percent in 2010, with the arrival of nearly 170,000 cruise visitors. Nearly 70,000 cruise visitors arrived in Israel between January and April of this year, a 37 percent jump over the same period last year.

El Al Summer Family Discounts

High-End Kosher Taking Hold In Tel Aviv

It’s been a long time coming, but gourmet kosher restaurants are now taking their place in the city’s food scene.
Israel Correspondent
06/09/2011 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — When Sandra Elias visited
Tel Aviv as a kid back in the 1980s, she remembers going back to the same handful of restaurants every year. It wasn’t because they were anything special. For the kosher observant, they were the only game in town. Only Jerusalem had real options for kosher dining.

“There really was no variety” in Tel Aviv, Elias said.

Merkado, a Latin American meat restaurant in the Azriella towers. Photos by Joshua Mitnick

Tunneling Through Jewish History

Walk along a Second Temple road oward the Holy of Holies.
Israel Correspondent
06/09/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Almost  every tourist who comes to Israel pays a visit to the Western Wall, but relatively few take the time to tour the Western Wall Tunnel adjacent to the plaza.

Ancient halls and cisterns greet visitors deep under the Western Wall.

Northern Israel’s Boutique Mystique

Small hotels can pay big dividends in the Galilee.
Special To The Jewish Week
06/09/2011 - 20:00

The cast of the hit Fox- TV series “House” got a little northern exposure, so to speak, last month when it toured the Galilee region.

While hunky Jesse Spencer (Dr. Chase) valiantly attempted to walk on water in the Sea of Galilee, Amber Tamblyn (Dr. Masters) was admiring the beautiful rings and bracelets she had purchased the day before in Safed’s captivating Artists’ Colony.

The Prima Galil Hotel.

Top Summer Cultural Events For The Whole Family

06/09/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem

♦ June-July 28: “Jerusalem Season of Culture.” Highlights include International Philosophy Festival; Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour; evening performances in the Mahane Yehuda outdoor market every Monday during July, and Renee Fleming finale concert on July 28. For more details: www.jerusalem-culture.com

♦ July 7-16: International Film Festival, featuring 200 local and international films, which are screened at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. One of the most sought after tickets in town.

Israeli Hotels Putting Families First

New set summer perks for parents and kids at spots across the country.
Special To The Jewish Week
06/09/2011 - 20:00

What if you were able to check in to a top Israeli hotel this summer, wave goodbye to the kids at the front desk and minutes later find yourself nurturing a fruity Mediterranean cocktail by the sun-kissed pool? A mirage? Nope, it’s the real deal.

A large number of quality Israeli hotels are now offering summertime family vacation packages with perks, including indoor and outdoor happenings for kids, chill-out spa and poolside experiences for parents and sumptuous culinary experiences for the entire clan.

Splashing it up at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel.

For Kid’s Sake

Mini Israel and Deer Land let children blow off a little steam.
Israel Correspondent
06/09/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Summer vacation in Israel lasts eight hot weeks, and parents are always on the lookout for places where their family can have fun and the kids can burn off some energy.

To stay informed about family-friendly activities, English-speaking Israelis rely on a few trusted sources. Every Friday we check the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz, whose entertainment magazines include listings of events all around the country.

Rock-wall climbing and bungee jumping at Deer Land. Photos by Michele Chabin
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