Jewish Travel Guide

Jewish Travel Directory November 2013

Some Jewish globe trekking, from Tel Aviv's food scene, to a tropical shul in Jamaica, to the shores of Lake Montreux.

11/18/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Travel Directory November 2013

Building On A Record Year

Ignoring talk of war, foreign tourists flock to Israel; hotels gearing up for winter season.
Special To The Jewish Week
11/05/2012 - 19:00

Despite dire warnings of imminent conflict between Israel and Iran throughout the year, foreign tourists flocked to the Holy Land in record numbers.

According to Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, the Jewish calendar year 5772 was the “best tourism year ever,” with over 3.5 million visitors spending at least one day in Israel.

The Boutique Boom

The move toward intimate, aesthetically minded hotels in Tel Aviv is picking up steam.
Special To The Jewish Week
11/05/2012 - 19:00

When it comes to trends in the Israeli hotel industry, less is more — less rooms, more authenticity, that is.

The move toward small, one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, which began in Tel Aviv a decade or so ago, is continuing apace with some of the biggest chains — boutique and otherwise — gearing up for more development.

A different kind of tourist is triggering the new development, industry sources say.

The Alma is set in a preserved 1920s building.

A Jaunt Up Israel’s Mid-North Coast

Ancient ports, breathtaking gardens and award-winning wineries await in Caesarea, Haifa and beyond.
Israel Correspondent
11/05/2012 - 19:00

In Israel, finding an affordable summer rental near the beach is about as easy as finding a rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan.

Launching my search right after Passover — and cognizant of the fact that a traditional hotel would insist we book two rooms for our family of four — I headed directly to the popular, less-expensive suite hotels that cater to families, but they were already booked by Israeli and European tourists. 

The Port in Caesarea offers Roman ruins, good restaurants and a gorgeous beach. Photos by Michele Chabin

The Gate To Poland’s Jewish Life

Small theater and educational organization in Lublin, founded by non-Jews, keeps memory of Polish Jewry alive.
Staff Writer
11/05/2012 - 19:00

My itinerary in Lublin a few years ago included a few hours one spring afternoon in something called the Brama Grodzka Theater.

The entrance to Lublin’s Brama Grodzka Theater. Courtesy of Brama Grodzka

Jewish Travel Guide November 2012

Spanning the globe from Melbourne, Lublin, Cusco, Peru, and more.
11/05/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Travel Guide November 2012

Forty-Eight Hours In Florence

From the Great Synagogue to the Uffizi to the Gucci and Prada shops.
Special To The Jewish Week
11/30/2011 - 19:00

What would you see if you had 48 hours in Florence, had no guidebook and were relying on the advice of strangers? Perhaps not the most informed way of traveling, but word-of-mouth is always the best way to explore a new city. That said, relying on the kindness of locals and strangers, I hit the streets of Florence.

Where to Stay

The Moorish-style Great Synagogue of Florence. Masada Siegel

Savoring Hummus (And More) In Abu Gosh

In search of the best chickpea paste in Israel (along with a lot of history).
Special To The Jewish Week
11/30/2011 - 19:00

When the hummus wars broke out between Israel and its northern neighbor Lebanon several years ago, the small Arab-Israeli town of Abu Gosh, not far from Jerusalem, made international headlines.

As part of the ongoing food war, which includes arguments ranging from who invented the popular chickpea paste to who should be allowed to claim it as a national dish, the most recent battle was between Abu Gosh restaurateurs and their counterparts in Lebanon over who could make the largest plate of the stuff and become a Guinness world record holder.

Abu Gosh, where hummus is serious business. Ruth Eglash

For Families, Suites Can Be Sweet

Suite hotels, where there’s room to move, are catching on in Israel.
Israel Correspondent
11/30/2011 - 19:00

Jerusalem — In the United States it’s fairly easy to find hotels that invite kids under 18 to stay for free.

While virtually all Israeli hotels provide complimentary accommodations to infants and toddlers in a standard room (most spas don’t admit kids at all), most charge a hefty fee for even a slightly older child.

Every suite at the Island Suites Hotel in Netanya has a 200-square-foot terrace and a view of the Mediterranean.  Michele Chabin

London’s Lower East Side

Once 95 percent Jewish, the East End is rich in immigrant history.
JointMedia News Servicet
11/30/2011 - 19:00

Could one of the most bloodthirsty of all serial murderers have been Jewish? Would it have been more accurate to have called London’s notorious 19th-century killer Jacob the Ripper and not Jack?

With all his murders taking place in the heart of London’s Jewish Whitechapel district some police and journalists thought so at the time. And many of London’s nervous populace agreed, staging anti-Semitic riots at the height of the killings.

Petticoat Lane, the East End’s version of the old Orchard Street.
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