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Exhibit at Schindler Factory Site Recalls Nazi-era Krakow

06/15/2010
JTA

Krakow, Poland — In January 1994, an American tourist stepped out of a taxi into a cold, drizzling rain and entered the Jarden Jewish Bookshop at the far end of the square in the Jewish quarter of Krakow.

On the counter he splayed a weeks-old copy of The New York Times before bookshop owner Les Zdzislaw.

Workers prepare museum materials for “memory factory,” which recalls Oskar Schindler’s life-saving exploits in Krakow during WW2

Jewish Food Scene Takes Off

06/01/2010
JTA

Budapest — Rahel Raj calls herself a 21st-century Yiddishe mama.

The daughter of a rabbi and mother of a toddler, she and her family run a pair of popular bake shops here that specialize in Jewish pastries such as flodni, a calorific confection of layered nuts, apple and poppy seeds that is one of the symbols of local Jewish cuisine.

Rahel Raj’s husband, Miklos Maloschik, behind the counter at the family-run Noe pastry shop. Ruth Ellen Gruber

Lost In Time In The World’s Oldest City

05/18/2010
JTA

Jericho, West Bank — The only thing I really knew about Jericho before I went there a few weeks ago for the first time was that when the second intifada began in 2000, a friend of mine stationed there as an Israeli soldier came under heavy Palestinian gunfire.

Returning fire, he hit a transformer near the casino, inadvertently but indefinitely knocking out electricity to the entire town.

A decade passed during which I ignored the place. It was easy, with Jericho being so out of the way in the Jordan Valley.

Ali Qleibo picks oranges near his Jericho home.

Travel As A Religious Act

Turning a trip into a pilgrimage.

Staff Writer
05/12/2010

Insistence on following my own instincts nearly got me kicked out of my hotel in Israel several years ago.

Summer’s Best

A roundup of some of the top events in the coming season.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/12/2010

 Want to taste some of the world’s best olive oils, sample the best new wines from the Golan or watch the final episode of Israel’s version of “American Idol” live? Those are some of the highlights of this summer’s tourist season in Israel.

In addition, travel agents and hotel concierges will undoubtedly steer tourists towards the country’s “Top 10” attractions.

Inbal Hotel chef Itzik Barak will take part in olive oil competition.

Peaceful Sarajevo

The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina is safe, restored and beautiful.

04/07/2010
Travel Writer

A few weeks ago, writing about Belfast, I was reminded of another delightful, little-touristed European city whose recent past is marked by religious/ethnic strife.

That city is Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is sad and telling that the top “Frequently Asked Question” on Bosnia’s tourism Web site is: “Isn’t there still a war in Bosnia?”

A footbridge in the old city of Mostar, a few hours south of Sarajevo.

Hidden In Plain Sight

07/02/2009
Israel Correspondent Jerusalem

When east and west   Jerusalem were reunited in 1967, Israelis — who had been denied access to the eastern part of the city, including the Western Wall, from 1948 to 1967 — flocked to the Kotel, to the Old City’s decimated Jewish Quarter, and to the colorful stores, restaurants and cultural sites that dotted the eastern half of the city.

Hidden In Plain Sight

Israel Correspondent
03/20/2009

When east and west Jerusalem were reunited in 1967, Israelis — who had been denied access to the eastern part of the city, including the Western Wall, from 1948 to 1967 — flocked to the Kotel, to the Old City’s decimated Jewish Quarter, and to the colorful stores, restaurants and cultural sites that dotted the eastern half of the city.

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The Coolest Tourism

Special To The Jewish Week
03/20/2009

They may not have the historical significance of Masada or the religious meaning of the Western Wall, but for pure refreshment it’s hard to beat Israel’s several water parks.

Those who escape steamy New York City for the cooler temperatures upstate each summer can well understand the need for relief from an Israeli summer heat wave. In Tel Aviv, summer temperatures can reach up to 108 degrees, with 95 percent humidity.

Northern Exposure

Israel Correspondent
03/20/2009

Ramot Naftali, Israel — With the Sea of Galilee shimmering just out the passenger door, we turned left onto Highway 90 into the home stretch: the Hula Valley. A weekend cabin at Moshav Ramot Naftali — a mountain community overlooking what Israelis call the “finger of the Galilee” — lay just 20 minutes away.

Coasting northward with wife and two kids napping, it first appeared to be a cloud. Slowly coming focus, the majestic snow-capped Hermon mountain range, the northern extreme of the Golan Heights, looked down at the valley.

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