Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
Portuguese town brims with sparkling Jewish gems
By:
Aaron Dalton
The history of Portuguese Jews is full of contradictions -- of welcome and expulsion, of celebration and secrecy. When the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, many of them found refuge in neighboring Portugal under the rule of King João II, joining a native Portuguese community that had existed since the days of the Roman Empire in the fifth-century...
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New security measures fail to reassure, according to report
Instead of making travelers feel safer, tighter security at airports is making Americans less inclined to travel because of the perception of the ongoing threat of terrorism and increased inconvenience, according to a new survey by Synovate, a market-research firm. Synovate recently surveyed 1,481 travelers around the world who have traveled by plane in the past year to get their...
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Resorts pamper Mom, Dad -- and the kids, too
By:
Gloria Hayes Kremer, JE Feature
In a recent issue, Time noted that the profile of the typical American spa-goer has radically changed: "Middle-class baby-boomers are overtaking the rich and elderly as primary spa clients." In the mood for a Dead Sea mud pack, a Chakra Stone Therapy massage or a Silk Booster Facial at a relaxing spa resort -- but you don't want to leave...
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By:
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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