Science Tourism

Madatech in Haifa and Bloomfield Museum in Jerusalem offer kids hands-on and high-tech fun.
12/20/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In a classroom of 
Madatech, the  Israel National Museum of Science, Technology & Space, in the center of Haifa, an elementary school class from a nearby Israeli Arab village was listening to a lecture about chemistry by a museum staff member one recent morning, while a senior citizen from the former Soviet Union was showing his grandson an exhibit about energy in another room.

The aviation center in the Madatech science museum.

A Facelift At 50

Haifa’s Dan Carmel marking its Jubilee year with $12.5 million makeover.
12/20/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As it approaches its
Jubilee year, the first five-star hotel in Haifa is in the midst of a $12.5 million makeover. The Dan Carmel’s facelift, which is scheduled to be completed for its 50th anniversary in March, is taking place as tourism in Israel’s north is booming.

According to Adi Maor, the Dan Carmel’s general manager, the number of Israeli and foreign tourists visiting Haifa has jumped by 200 percent in the last five years.

The Dan Carmel is hoping to take advantage of growing tourism in the Haifa area.

Bag The Pita, Grab A Baguette

With a growing French community in Israel comes a chance to sample some French culture.
12/20/2012 - 19:00

Netanya, Israel — On
a street off Independence Square, storefronts advertise “La Creperie Galette,” “Nouvel’hair” and “Agence Immobiliere.”

Families lounging under parasols at café tables chat in French and enjoy a sunny afternoon. Nearby, the Mediterranean waves lap up against tranquil beaches.

But in the local language, Independence Square is called not La Place de L’Indépendance but Kikar Ha’atzmaut. And this scene takes place not in Nice or Cannes but in Netanya, a coastal Israeli city about halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv.

A French bakery in the center of Netanya is a popular destination for the growing number of French immigrants to Israel. Ben Sal

On The Silverado Trail With Hagafen Cellars

09/18/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Robert Louis Stevenson brought notoriety to the now-fabled Napa Valley when he came here on his honeymoon in 1880 and wrote “The Silverado Squatters.”

Today, the Silverado name — once associated with a mine — is part of the Silverado Trail, a two-lane roadway bordered by wineries, where bicyclists can sometimes be seen pedaling past the vineyards.

Ernie and Irit Weir operate the kosher Hagafen Cellars winery in Napa Valley. George Medovoy

Trying To ‘Wow’ Them

From wine tastings to lounges with a view (and massive TVs for the Olympics), Israeli hoteliers looking to lure last-minute summer travelers.
07/02/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The “Wow!” effect.

With the summer travel season getting into high gear, that’s what Israeli hotel managers are trying to create for their ever-more-sophisticated foreign tourists.

“It really wasn’t that long ago when a chef in an Israeli 5-star hotel could serve up boiled chicken on a fancy plate to American tourists on Shabbat and receive a round of applause,” quipped a veteran chef, who has worked at some of the finest hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The Golden Gate At 75

05/21/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

San Francisco — That icon of all icons, the Golden Gate Bridge, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, so I happily used the occasion to revisit this engineering masterpiece, which links San Francisco with Marin County.

Making a couple of days of it, I combined the visit with things to see and do within easy range of the famous span, whose unique “International Orange” color glimmers in the western sun.

Spanning 75 years: The Golden Gate Bridge marks its diamond anniversary this year.  geroge medovoy

From The Firehouse To The Soccer Pitch

03/19/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I have found Jewish outcroppings and history in Shanghai, Mumbai, and Johannesburg. But when I recently headed for South America, speaking on a cruise, I didn’t know what to look for when I got off the ship in Chile.

You see, I’ve got this obsession to find Jewishness in places you really don’t expect. What I didn’t anticipate was, in a country with only 20,000 Jews, I’d have some memorable, offbeat Jewish experiences.

“Bomba Israel,” Santiago’s Jewish firehouse, above. Top, the author and his wife with Jeanette Lewandowski.

Wintry Charm Across The Border

01/23/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec — Winter in Quebec’s woodsy Eastern Townships can mean sleigh rides and a cozy corner by the fire with a good book. Or perhaps, for the more adventurous, ice fishing. Americans have been crossing the border into Quebec since Loyalists moved here when the United States declared its independence from England.

The lake country: The Auberge Ripplecove & Spa, above, is located on Lake Massawippi, top. Photos by George Medovoy

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.
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