Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774
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Ben G. Frank, JE Feature
A "magnificent and tragic city": Certainly, an apt title for a locale that endured 900 days of hell during the World War II blockade of the then-Leningrad, now again called St. Petersburg. Tragedy, of course. A million souls died, most from starvation. While not forgotten, today this shiny, glittering renaissance city of Peter the Great -- this "window on the...
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By:
Gloria Hayes Kremer, JE Feature
The focus of a trip to Chicago to what had been described as "the hotel of the future" changed dramatically as I learned about the dynamic suburbs of the Windy City and, more importantly, the equally dynamic suburban Jewish communities that surround this "Crossroads of America" metropolis. As I walked into the stunningly designed lobby of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel...
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By:
Rita Charleston, JE Feature
With a population of approximately 735,000, Amsterdam is often referred to as one of the most colorful cities in the world. And rightfully so. With its many public parks and gardens, more than 100 canals that wrap around the city, the expected windmills, more than 50 museums -- many of which are world-famous -- and so much more, there's never...
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French in style, a desert flower at heart
By:
Ben G. Frank, JE Feature
History does that to you: It startles you. Walking near the ramparts of this famous Atlantic seaport in Morocco, I learned that just over a century ago, more than half the 19,000 persons living in Essaouira -- then called Mogador -- were Jews. And it was said that the condition of the Jew has always been better in Mogador than...
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Who put tuxedos on those birds anyway?
By:
Rita Charleston, JE Feature
It was a long, long wait, but the time had finally come. The beautiful Norwegian ship -- the M/S Nordnorge -- was waiting for us, and soon we were on our way on what was called "The Journey of Discovery" to the world's last wilderness: Antarctica. The Nordnorge , one of several ships of the Norwegian Coastal Voyage fleet, is...
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