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New Home For Israeli Artists

12/19/2011 - 19:00

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.

Ladino singer Yasmin Levy and celebrated novelist Amos Oz .

Statue For First Jewish Commodore

11/28/2011 - 19:00
Jewish Exponent

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.

A bronze statue of Uriah P. Levy.

Pacific Paradise, With Gefilte Fish

11/21/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Koror, Palau — “Sharks are in a losing battle,” says Tova Harel Bornovski, the Israeli president of the Micronesian Shark Foundation.

These “kings of the ocean,” as she calls them, started 100 million years before the dinosaurs, but it’s very likely, she adds, that they will disappear because of human abuse.

An Israeli heading a Micronesian shark foundation may sound surprising, but for Tova Bornovski, it comes with the territory.

Tova and Navot Bornovski, above, in front of their houseboat.

Alberta’s ‘Shtetl’

10/10/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Edmonton, Alberta — At a Friday night Shabbat dinner, one of the guests at the table lovingly refers to “our shtetl Edmonton.”

It’s a sign of the strong sense of community that Jews feel in this northern Alberta city on the western Canadian prairie.

Though numbering only about 5,000, the community’s relatively small size masks an underlying communal strength.

The huge indoor wave pool at the West Edmonton Mall.

A Promise Of Survival

08/15/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

The Asanor elevator in the community of Karatas, top. Above, the interior of the Etz Chaim synagogue.

Northern Virginia, The Kosher Bon Vivant’s Getaway

07/04/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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 Molon Lave Vineyards, Right. Left, Catoctin Creek’s Scott and Becky Harris and their children.

Mediterranean Experience, Bargain Prices

06/20/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

A street in old town Sozopol, known for handicrafts, shopping and a great beach.

Hot Young Hollywood Stars in Israel

06/19/2011 - 20:00

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.

Gregory Smith, Sarah Drew & Lucas Neff at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel. (Photo by David Katz)

The Bread Of Affection

06/13/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

The best baguettes in Paris are at Le Grenier à Pain. Photos by George Medovoy

Walking Through Jewish Paris

06/06/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Paris — When Pamela Grant said to meet her on Ile de la Cité for a walking tour of Jewish Paris, I wondered why there of all places.

I could imagine a synagogue in Le Marais, the traditional Jewish quarter in the 4th arrondissement.

But Ile de la Cité? It’s an island in the Seine known for the massive Gothic church immortalized by Victor Hugo in “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.”

A kosher falafel eatery in the heart of the pletz, Paris’ traditional Jewish neighborhood.
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