Travel


Our Month With the Lemba, Zimbabwe's Jewish Tribe

By Irwin and Elaine Berg

Zimbabwe’s Lemba people claim ancient Jewish roots and customs. An American couple journeyed to southern Africa to impart some of our traditions.Read More


The Last Jews of Ethiopia

By Miriam Berger

The final group of Ethiopian Jews are preparing to leave for Israel soon. As they leave, the dusty town of Gondar wonders what will happen once they are gone.Read More


Abrom Kaplan's Cajun Dream

By Johnna Kaplan

Abrom Kaplan, the founder of the town of Kaplan in the Louisiana bayou, went from peddler to mogul within two decades. Why is his Jewish success story so obscure?Read More


Finding Jewish Life in Eastern Europe

By Sarah Wildman

TRAVEL: Jewish cultural festivals — of which there are now several — are key to understanding both what was lost and what remains of Jewish life in Poland and Moravia.Read More


Must-See Summer Festivals in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay

TRAVEL: Israel’s festival season kicks off in summer with hundreds of offerings for all tastes and interests, from the Galilee to Eilat. We pick the top five.Read More


Where Everybody Knows Your Name

By Sarah Wildman

TRAVEL: Sleek boutique hotels are sprouting up across Israel. These gorgeously designed spaces offer top-notch service and intimate settings.Read More


Synagogues in the Sand

By Julie Kay

A trip to the Caribbean is usually all about sunshine and sandy beaches. But for tourists with an interest in Jewish history, there are plenty of sites to see.Read More


A Bounty of Hidden Gems

By Nathan Jeffay

Israel is full of hidden gems. Such sites make it into few guidebooks, if any, but often offer a better time than the highly commercialized tourist attractions.Read More


Five Sites That Whet the Appetite for Travel

By Howard Shapiro

The other night, I went looking for a synagogue in France. When I began my journey on the Web, I didn’t know that this particular synagogue was the country’s oldest; I only knew that it was in France and it was said to be a beauty. I learned about its age — deep roots into the 14th century — later in the evening, when I took a turn down a path I never expected. There, I also discovered that the remains of ritual baths from that era are in that synagogue’s basement.Read More


In Prague, Where the Decisions are Easy

By Nathan Jeffay

It is a common dilemma for Jewish tourists: Do you spend your time on the general sites and risk missing out on parts of your heritage, or do you concentrate on Jewish sites and wonder whether you are being parochial?Read More





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