Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774

The Catskills of the Dominican Republic? And why not?
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Bill Wine, JE Feature
If you refashioned a Catskill Mountains resort from the 1950s into a cruise ship and then sailed it through a time machine to the Dominican Republic, you'd end up in Punta Cana. That's where the Borscht Belt has given way to the Coconut Cape. There's not a mountain or a lox-and-onion omelette or a raincoat in sight. But relaxation, pleasure...
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After an 18-month search, the board of directors at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy has tapped Philadelphia-area native Steven M. Brown as the next head of school. Rabbi Philip D. Field, 61, will be retiring after 17 years at the helm of Barrack, formerly Akiba Hebrew Academy. He and his wife will be moving to Israel, where their four...
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Ben G. Frank, JE Feature
They say that the streets of a city contain memory. If so, then King David Street is special to the residents of Jerusalem, this biblical city that is the capital of the State of Israel. Standing tall at No. 23 in all its majesty is the King David Hotel, now celebrating its 75th year. The name is fitting. After all,...
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The photograph that ran with the Nov. 15 travel article "In Israel, Shifting Sands of Time" (above) was misidentified. It was not a rendering of the new-and-improved Israel Museum in Jerusalem (top), but a shot of the reinstalled model of the Second Temple.
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Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it the ... Soviets?
By:
Ben G. Frank, JE Feature
Steve Savitt, a freshman studying engineering at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, was riding in a crowded subway in early October 1957, when he read that the Soviet Union had launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. That news, 50 years ago, stunned the world and affected Savitt, too. "The enormity of what was done," recounted former engineer...
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