RETURNING to my room from breakfast, four visitors barred my way.Eyeing me curiously and expectantly with horns raised, the four ibex, realising no food was forthcoming, trudged away, heads held high in search of richer pickings.Such is a typical guest experience at Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon, undoubtedly Israel’s most unusual hotel – and one of its very best.
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Travel agent Ellen Paderson has two decades of experience helping families to arrange their life-cycle events in exciting destinations. She shares her thoughts on why and where to travel to raise a glass.
Stacey Ebert has visited more than 50 countries, and found that nowhere matches up to India when it comes to catering to her as a vegetarian. She says that this is a boon to the many Jewish travelers who eat veggie out of respect to kosher laws.
Every day , Jews pray in conjunction with the Sh’ma, “Gather us in safely from the four corners of the earth…” For more than 2,500 years, the Jewish people have been scattered throughout the world, sometimes in the unlikeliest places. Even where no Jewish souls survive, traces of their existence often remain, offering a tantalizing glimpse into an exotic past. On every continent, and at virtually all points on the compass, a slight detour can add an extra and interesting dimension to the wanderings of the Jewish traveler.
Malcolm Ginsberg finds a wide range of Pesach travel options, at sea and on dry land.
Viva Sarah Press says that Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park is the ultimate romantic getaway for every season.
The Holy City of Jerusalem, sacred to the world’s three great monotheistic religions, naturally attracts millions of tourists every year. Most cities whose economy thrives on tourism have double-decker buses that follow circular routes with stops at all the major sightseeing attractions; Jerusalem is no exception. The Egged bus company’s Route 99 runs in a two hour loop through both East and West Jerusalem, with a hop-on, hop-off feature enabling passengers to get on and off throughout the day. A taped audio guide in eight languages enhances the impressive visual experience.
In the beautiful Italian mountains, where Jewish practice went underground 500 years ago, Jews from around the world are celebrating barmitzvahs and batmitzvahs. Barbara Aiello tells the story of how she started this surprising trend.
Some black South Africans claim that they are descendants of a “lost tribe” of the Children of Israel. US-based writer Judith Fein went to Soweto in search of their story. And while scholarly opinion is divided on the matter of the Lemba tribe’s connection to the Jewish People, she believes it is strong.