Jewish Travel Directory

Getting The Most From A Vacation Rental

In Israel, the market for short-term rentals is booming, but there are pitfalls.

Israel Correspondent
11/19/2013 - 19:00

Jerusalem — It was June and our family wanted to spend a couple of days in Tel Aviv before the weather became too hot. When we learned that all the good hotels would require us to book two rooms, we turned our attention to holiday apartments.

Tellavista is one of the thousands of short-term rentals available in Israel. Photo courtesy Tellavista

Budapest, Still A Hungarian Rhapsody

Despite hard economic times and the cloud of anti-Semitism, the elegant city remains full of delights, Jewish and otherwise.

Special To The Jewish Week
11/19/2013 - 19:00

Budapest is a city of elegance and grandeur, a cultural delight, abounding with museums, theaters and concert halls, magnificent monuments, lyrical bridges, ancient Roman ruins, soothing thermal baths, picturesque parks and superb cuisine. Once two separate towns that merged into one city in 1873, Buda and Pest lie on either side of the River Danube. Each distinct in its own way, the hills of Buda on the right bank and the sprawling avenues of Pest on the left, easily blend their unique flavor that offers the city its exceptional quality.

The exterior of the majestic Great Synagogue on Dohany Street. Linda Tucker

Tracking Alpine Ghosts

Along the Swiss Riviera in Montreux, Lausanne and Caux.

Travel Writer
11/19/2013 - 19:00

The so-called Swiss Riviera is a place where Disney might have come to study prototypes for castles. In the relaxed corner of Switzerland tucked between France and Italy, sheltered by the imperious Alps, the towns along eastern Lac Léman (in English, Lake Geneva) are dotted with fairy-tale castles — and those castles are haunted by ghosts.

Chateau de Chillon, one of the fairy-tale castles that dot Lake Geneva. Photos courtesy Montreux-Vevey Tourisme

A Jewish Revival In Kingston Town

Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions coexist in a shul with a white-sand floor.

Travel Writer
11/19/2013 - 19:00

Ever thought about celebrating Sukkot in a palm-frond sukkah? Or Shabbat in a temple with a white-sand floor, where Sephardic melodies mingle with traditional British text?

Shaare Shalom, with its sand-covered floor and pipe organ. Elie Klein

Along Tel Aviv’s Spice Route

The city’s hip but gritty Florentine quarter is a must for foodies.

Israel Correspondent
11/19/2013 - 19:00

The meeting point is set for a most inauspicious tourist spot: the corner of Ha’Aliyah Street and Jaffa Road is a rundown Tel Aviv crossroads where pedestrians are drowned out by the grinding engines of public buses.

Inbal Baum and Yomi Yom Tov at the Yom Tom Delicatessen. Joshua Mitnick
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