Amanda Rivkin


Worldly Avenue: A Glimpse of Chicago

By Amanda Rivkin

Worldly Avenue: A Glimpse of Chicago
The two-mile stretch of West Devon Avenue in West Rogers Park, Chicago, is perhaps the most modest route around to travel the world in a single afternoon. During the postwar period, the neighborhood was the center of Eastern European and Jewish life in Chicago, but its ethnic heart has since moved decidedly east to the Indian subcontinent.Read More


Glimpses Of Córdoba

By Amanda Rivkin

Glimpses Of Córdoba
The southern Spanish city of Córdoba represented the height of Western civilization from the 11th century to the 13th, when the ruling Arabs and great Jewish scholars coexisted. But the modern urban center has not folded into the past.Read More






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