Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
Down Mexico way, peace and quiet -- and contortions
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Lauren Kramer, Jewish Exponent Feature
Puerto and Nuevo Vallarta have become thriving tourist destinations where big-name hotels jostle for space along the beachfront, and the Mexican experience becomes one of turquoise swimming pools and all-inclusive resorts. But I was headed for something quite different, a yoga and surf retreat 35 miles north in a town called Sayulita. Sayulita. The word dances from the lips with...
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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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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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Tel Aviv? Galilee? 2010 has been a banner year for Israel
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Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
It's been a record year for Israel travel -- indeed, the country just greeted its 3 millionth visitor this past week, with expectations of 3.3 million by year's end, breaking a two-year-old record. Statistics culled by EL AL Airlines and Israel's tourism office reflect the fact that the idea of traveling back to the origins of Jewish faith and culture...
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