Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

The sounds of silence -- only a few hours beyond Sydney
By:
Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
I'm a few hours drive from Sydney, Australia -- far from the city that's home to the second largest Jewish community in the country. With 45,000 Jews -- among them many immigrants from South Africa, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union -- Sydney boasts a fantastic Jewish infrastructure, with several synagogues, Jewish day schools and a Jewish museum that...
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
Susan Stoutz has had 12 vacations since last October, and in all of them, the Philadelphia grandmother enjoyed top-notch accommodations without spending a dime. A subscriber to the swapping service HomeExchange.com! , Stoutz has vacationed in Mexico; Virginia; Miami; Washington, D.C.; Montreal; the Hamptons; and the Poconos. As part of the deal, she exchanges her home with residents of those...
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Recession may be ending, but, oh, those bumps along the way
By:
Joel L. Naroff
The longest recession since the end of the Great Depression is just about over. Consumers are spending, housing is improving, manufacturing is rebounding, and even the services sector is showing signs of life -- or so they say. But why isn't everyone happy? Simple. A rising unemployment rate is not something that makes people want to smile. Unfortunately, that problem...
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Latin American Jews spark new companies targeting their heritage
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Julie Sobel, JE Feature
They call themselves Jewbans, Mexi-Jews, Jewminicans or Kosher-Ricans. They can be found eating guacamole on matzah on Passover or drinking kosher tequila on Cinco de Mayo. Their ranks include Geraldo Rivera, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Brett Rattner. Latin American Jews number in the hundreds of thousands, but they have traditionally flown under the radar, in part because of discrimination and even...
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
Portland is one of America's greenest cities, a place where half the power comes from renewable sources and a quarter of the Oregon city's workforce commutes by bike, carpool or public transit. You wouldn't necessarily expect Portland's eco-friendliness to manifest in a toilet stall, but that was the unlikely site of my first introduction. I'd just landed in the city...
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