Monday, June 01, 2020

Destination Kosher

Jews in the New World

When we traveled to Brazil, we had a lot to learn, especially about Recife—the easternmost city in Brazil and center of the slave trade way back when the Portuguese brought African slaves to the Americas to work on sugar plantations. It is also the city from which the Jews fled to New Amsterdam in 1654 when the Portuguese Inquisition began the New


Passover Peregrinations

JERUSALEM—As Pesach approaches, Israelis prepare for the impending flock of tourists and pilgrims coming for the festival known in Hebrew as Chag Ha’aviv (the Spring Holiday, in Hebrew). It is truly a gorgeous time to be in Israel, with all of her natural beauty, her nature and fauna, revealing itself after a long winter as the land


Voluntouring in Israel

Going on holiday can mean relaxing or sightseeing, tasting new foods or learning firsthand about new cultures. A growing segment of vacationers, however, goes abroad to work for free.

Voluntourism—volunteering and tourism—has been cited as one of the fastest-growing sectors of worldwide tourism. Israel, a top destination for a myriad of reasons


Out and About on Chol Hamoed: Exploring Brooklyn and Manhattan

When the Seder dishes are put away, families can go out to play.  Chol Hamoed this year is limited to Thursday, April 17; Friday, April 18 until sundown; Motzei Shabbos, April 19; and Sunday, April 20 until sundown.  So we’re highlighting activities that don’t take you too far from home. This week we focus on Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Next week we look at where


Brooklyn Botanic Garden

1000 Washington Avenue

Brooklyn, NY  11225

Prospect Heights



With over 52 acres of gardens, research collections and educational programs, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an oasis in the heart of Brooklyn.  The garden is open Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6p.m.


Fort Tryon Park

190th Street and Margaret Corbin Circle

Beautiful gardens and fantastic views across the Hudson River are two reasons to visit Fort Tryon Park.  Another is the Cloisters, a division of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known for its medieval collection.  The Unicorn tapestries are beautiful and



If you want to take a tour of Jewish Brooklyn without leaving your car, a Brooklyn-born maven suggests this route to see the sites.  Pack lunch and snacks for the family:

You come into Williamsburg over the bridge from Delancey Street, make a right to Lee Ave. Go through the heart of the Hasidic part of town, continue to Nostrand Ave, make another


Arava Tour Reveals Israel’s Pioneering Desert Agriculture

Arava, literally meaning “desolate” and “dry area” in Hebrew, on the map is a section of the Jordan Rift Valley, running in a north-south orientation between the southern end of the Sea of Galilee down to the Dead Sea and continuing further south, where it ends at Eilat and the Gulf of Aqaba. It includes most of the border between Israel to


Negev Tourism Now an Easy Train Ride from the Rest of Israel’s Treasures

Past the Gaza Strip, toward the rocket-battered city of Sderot, a new train now connects isolated Negev communities to the larger Israeli population centers. Not surprisingly, the Sderot line also opens the gates to increased tourism in that region.

For many people in Sderot, the rocket-proof train station, which opened in December 2013, was a landmark event. 


Tel Aviv Arts and Crafts Market Makes for a Fun and Funky Afternoon

Sure, it helps if you love to ogle the latest in hand-made crafts. But even if you don’t know a piece of greenware from earthenware, Tel Aviv’s Nachalat Binyamin Art & Craft Fair is a fun and funky way to spend a lazy Tuesday or Friday afternoon (the two days the fair is open).

The nearly 10,000 visitors who meander through 200-plus artist stalls


Jewish Spain’s Myriad Attractions Leave No Time for a Siesta

My passion for speaking Spanish, watching Flamenco, drinking Rioja, admiring artwork, walking a labyrinth of narrow streets, and inhaling the scent of orange blossoms intensifies on every visit to Spain. These interests influenced my choice of careers as a Spanish teacher and travel writer. On repeated trips studying at the University of Salamanca, walking the


Adventure in the Desert: Mitzpe Ramon

Mitzpe Ramon is often an overlooked gem in the Negev region in the South of Israel— an out-of-the box experience. About 90 miles North of Eilat, my husband and I, along with our children, visited Mitzpe Ramon and it was hands-down the highlight of our vacation. Mitzpe Ramon is somewhat like the Grand Canyon of Israel. Mitzpe is home to the largest Makhtesh