Vacations

Pacific Paradise, With Gefilte Fish

11/22/2011
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’

10/11/2011
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

08/16/2011
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

07/05/2011
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

06/21/2011
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.

The Bread Of Affection

06/14/2011
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

06/07/2011
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.

Getting Serious About Vegas

03/22/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Las Vegas —This desert oasis was home to pioneering Jews long before “the Strip,” with its lavish entertainment and legalized gambling, became a household word.

Jews began arriving in southern Nevada as early as 1850, lured by a gold strike in Carson City.

Another attraction was the building of the Hoover Dam, which drew some Jews to Las Vegas in the 1930’s.

But it was the appearance of legalized gambling here in 1931 that made massive tourism a possibility and a growing Jewish presence a reality.

The Wynn Las Vegas, top, where “Le Rêve” is playing. Above, the Las Vegas federation building. George Medovoy

Tunneling Through Jewish History

02/22/2011
Israel Correspondent

 Jerusalem — Almost every tourist who comes to Israel pays a visit to the Western Wall, but relatively few take the time to tour the Western Wall Tunnel adjacent to the plaza.

Deep below the Old City’s Muslim Quarter is the remnant of the Western Wall.

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