Cleveland may have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a great orchestra playing at historic Severance Hall. But the Jewish community — with a boost from a new arts patron, the local Jewish federation — is looking to bring Israeli artists into the spotlight.
Philadelphia — Uriah P. Levy, the first Jewish commodore of the U.S. Navy, was one for voyages.
His first came in 1802, at the age of 10, when he offered his services to the captain of the USS New Jerusalem, stipulating that he be returned to Philadelphia in time for his bar mitzvah at Congregation Mikveh Israel, then less than a century old.
Located at the edge of the sparkling Aegean Sea is the wondrous jewel of a city called Izmir, once known as Smyrna by the Greeks. Not only is it Turkey’s third largest city and one of its major ports, it is also home to an incredible wealth of Jewish history.
With more than 16 million visitors each year, Washington, D.C., is one the most popular travel destinations in the country, and for good reason: from monuments and museums, to parks and historical sites, it is a city with enough activities to keep most visitors happily occupied for days on end.
The Black Sea Coast south of Burgas, Bulgaria’s industrial port city, is a lonely and gorgeous place. Amid a landscape of wild green forests, craggy golden cliffs and brand-new, brightly colored holiday villas, there is almost no indication of the region’s complex history – which stretches back not mere centuries, but millennia, including stints as strategic outposts of the Greek and Roman empires.
It's been a good month for celebs in Israel, with some of Hollywood's hottest young stars touring the Jewish state.
The A-list includes Sarah Drew and Kevin McKidd from "Grey's Anatomy," the ABC hit show; Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward from "Raising Hope" on Fox; and Gregory Smith and Travis Milne from "Rookie Blue,” the ABC series.
Paris — In a country where baguettes reign supreme, Djibril Bodian has earned the tribute of its capital city for his work as an artisan of the staff of life.
The 33-year-old native of Senegal, who came to France as a child and wistfully recalls playing in his father’s bakery, is the recipient of an annual award given by the Paris mayor’s office for producing the best baguettes in the city.