Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
Vilnius echoes its Jewish past, with ghosts as guides
By:
Norma Davidoff, JE Feature
For hundreds of years, Vilnius, Lithuania, in Northern Europe, was such a distinctive place of Jewish heritage, that it was known as the "Jerusalem of the North." Today, rid of its invaders -- the Poles, Scandinavians, Germans and Russians -- it's also almost entirely devoid of its Jews. Yet it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Jewish visitors will...
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By:
George Medovoy, JE Feature
When I tell friends that Montreal is "a very Jewish city," they often give me a rather surprised look, expecting me to say "very French." Well, very French it is -- or, more specifically, Quebeçois, to distinguish it from France -- with an infectious joie de vivre that spills over into so much of life here, especially the arts, the...
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David C. Friedman, JE Feature
Gale Feinstein can still vividly remember her first date with husband Miles Radoff. It was a blind date, and they sat in the window at the Omni Hotel Lounge sipping champagne and watching traffic on Chestnut Street go by. She had no inkling that four years later, she would be seated at a desk in the hotel lobby as its...
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George Medovoy, JE Feature
A crowd begins to gather for the famous fish toss -- the main act at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. First, you choose a fish on a bed of ice. Then, one of the fish mongers -- a fellow in rubber overalls who's as much an actor as he is a seller of fish -- calls out to...
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By:
Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
When many Jews think of the Gold Rush, one thing that often comes to mind is Levi Strauss and his watershed invention -- blue jeans. While his fortune is forever associated with San Francisco, it is important to note there were other Jews who traveled west to find gold, but ended up prospering in other ways. Back in 1978, the...
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