Sunday, June 26, 2016 Sivan 20, 5776
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Gloria Hayes Kremer, JE Feature
While the Caribbean islands have long been a paradise for Jewish snowbirds, Philadelphia vacationers are discovering a wealth of Jewish connections in these sun-drenched isles. Before coming to Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, where he is now rabbi emeritus, Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin served for many years at the oldest surviving synagogue in this hemisphere, Congregation Mikve Israel-Emanuel...
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Shopping and travel are two great American pastimes, and are often best enjoyed together. According to the Travel Industry Association of America, shopping is the most popular activity during domestic trips, and is included in more than 30 percent of all such trips. Of course, the holiday season affords the ultimate opportunity to combine these two pleasures. A recent survey...
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By:
Gloria Hayes Kremer, JE Feature
Spanish moss wrapped around ancient oak trees lends a sleepy, lost-in-time texture to the elegant and historic city of Charleston, S.C., but there is nothing somnolent about this charming town that is currently booming with vitality -- in a refined Southern way, of course. The sightseeing choices are endless, particularly the architectural delights in the stunning residential district known as...
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By:
Rita Charleston
The works of baroque masters and today's artists blend beautifully. The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the melodies of Richard Strauss pour into the streets from dozens of cafes and restaurants offering some of the finest cuisine in the world. The royal flair of the past oozes everywhere, while the opportunity to make brand-new friends is also ever-present. The...
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Portuguese town brims with sparkling Jewish gems
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Aaron Dalton
The history of Portuguese Jews is full of contradictions -- of welcome and expulsion, of celebration and secrecy. When the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, many of them found refuge in neighboring Portugal under the rule of King João II, joining a native Portuguese community that had existed since the days of the Roman Empire in the fifth-century...
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