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Thoughts On The Sharing Economy

01/07/2015
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Lately a day rarely goes by without headlines about Airbnb, Uber and the so-called sharing economy — social-media, app-driven services that, for better or worse, are transforming modern travel.

A Catalan country home, known as a masia, is the kind of residence you can book through Airbnb. Wikimedia Commons

A Package Tour

01/07/2015
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A  group of 60 members of Central Synagogue in Manhattan, including the Reform congregation’s senior rabbi, Angela Buchdahl, and its assistant rabbi, Ari Lorge, visited Pantry Packers, a food packaging facility in Jerusalem, part of the Colel Chabad network of services for Israel’s poor and needy.

Photo Courtesy of Pantry Packers

Tourism Going Well, But ‘Not Back To Normal’

01/06/2015
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Uzi Landau, who has served as the Israeli minister of tourism since March 2013, has been in Israeli politics for almost three decades, since 1984. He started in 1984 and announced Dec. 28 that he plans to retire from politics. A former senior member of Likud and now a member of the nationalist Israel Beiteinu party, Landau, 71, has served as minister of public security, a member of the security cabinet, and a minister in the prime minister’s office overseeing Israeli intelligence, secret services and the U.S.-Israel strategic dialogue. The Jewish Week caught up with him after his recent trip to the United States. This is an edited transcript.

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau: Bookings “starting to pick up again” after Gaza war.

Spiritual Muscle For The New Year: A Body And Soul Workout

01/06/2015
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Diane Cole

Rallying Against French Anti-Semitism

12/30/2014
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The streets of France are becoming increasingly unsafe for Jews, and some French Jews took to the streets one recent day in protest.

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Where Sephardic History Abounds

Djerba is more than just a beach vacation; it also offers a window onto a historic Jewish culture.

12/30/2014
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Every day will be a little bit lighter now, but this week is still among the darkest of the year, and the chilliest. So it’s the perfect moment to take a closer look at the sunny Mediterranean shores of Djerba, Tunisia, one of my recommendations for Jewish travel in 2015.

A stall in Djerba’s Houmt Souk.  WIkimedia commons

Taking America’s Pulse On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

12/30/2014
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Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. An American of Israeli Arab heritage who moved to the United States at the age of 19, Telhami earned his doctorate in political science at the University of California at Berkeley and taught at such universities as Cornell, Princeton and Columbia. He has served as adviser to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Trilateral U.S.

Shibley Telhami: Two-state solution seen as less “realistic” these days.

Barbara Was Kvelling -- Walters, Not Streisand

12/28/2014
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Barbara Walters was thrilled to accept a humanitarian award from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the annual dinner of American Friends of Magen David Adom on Dec. 2 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and partner Diana Taylor helped Magen David Adom honor Barbara Walters. Tim Boxer/JW

A Tragic Anniversary In India

12/24/2014
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An anniversary marking an act of extraordinary horror in India was observed recently with ordinary kindness.

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Ari Shavit’s ‘Plan B’ For Mideast Peace

12/23/2014
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In the wake of the synagogue attack last month in Har Nof that left four rabbis and a Druze police officer dead, author Ari Shavit jumped into the peace-plan fray.

Shavit: “Step-by-step” approach to peace. Sharon Bareket
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