Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Av 27, 5776
By:
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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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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By:
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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By:
George Medavoy
From the balcony of our suite at the Riu Palace Resort, we could look out across the bay to El Arco -- the arch-shaped rocky symbol of this southern tip of the Baja California Sur, where the blue Pacific meets the emerald-green waters of the Sea of Cortez. But it's the last thing I'd ever associate with a synagogue called...
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The World Parrot Refuge provides its 700-plus residents a nest egg of hope
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
Many of us are suckers for a pet store, drawn in by the allure of cuddly kittens, and mesmerized by the colorful plumage of exotic birds from all over the globe. What people don't typically stop and wonder about is the journey that these animals and birds traveled to get to the shop -- and, more importantly, what they left...
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