Thursday, May 7, 2015 Iyyar 18, 5775

Newport and old times blend in America's oldest functioning synagogue
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George Medovoy, Jewish Exponent Feature
Newport's Touro Synagogue -- a living example of America's colonial past -- greets today's visitors on the edge of a grassy knoll honoring early Jewish patriots. Officially known as Congregation Kahal Kadosh Yeshuat Israel, it is the oldest functioning synagogue in the United States. And staying at the historic Cleveland House bed and breakfast ( www.innsofnewport.com ) on Clarke Street,...
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An eco-tourism pioneer colors her island world green
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Sharon McDonnell, JE Feature
A half-century ago, a frustrated Miami marine lab researcher craved a more fulfilling lifestyle. "I wanted to be someplace where I could be free to pursue my interests and contribute in a meaningful way," Anne Baptiste told me. Fast-forward to today: Now in her mid-80s, the New York Jewish native is credited with pioneering eco-tourism on Dominica, an extremely lush,...
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Is holiday stress the reason for 'nervous stomach'?
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Rachel Vigoda , JE Feature
"Butterflies in the belly" might have a better ring to it than irritable bowel syndrome, but according to experts, they're often one and the same. As many as one in five Americans are predisposed to get the butterflies, along with abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and nausea. "People with irritable bowel syndrome are hard-wired to be more sensitive to...
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Two days before Thanksgiving, Northeast Philadelphia residents Arthur and Kate Hill got an early start with a lunch of turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. They sat at a table full of friends, some they consider as close as family. "It's wonderful, at our age, to have a place where you know you are going to feel welcome," said Arthur...
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Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
Although Taiwan is a small island nation, you need at least a week to explore its riches, from the lush landscape of Taroko Gorge to fascinating indigenous cultures to the gastronomic safaris of night markets and street food to the architectural marvel Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world for a brief time. Some travel writers introducing Taiwan to...
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