Fred Schwartz, a New York-area philanthropist and businessman who marketed affordable mink, sable and fox under the name “Fred the Furrier,” has died at 83.
French authorities allocated approximately half a million dollars toward the preservation of what is believed to be Europe’s oldest known Jewish building.
When the domes of Edirne’s abandoned Great Synagogue caved in, Rifat Mitrani, the town’s last Jew, knew it spelled the end of nearly two millennia of Jewish heritage in this Turkish town.
We can never know for certain what ancient Jews and Romans saw when they passed under the Arch of Titus, but thanks to technology and a team of scholars, we now have an inkling.
Crossposted from Haaretz
Set in a cavelike workshop, in dimly lit rooms, in alleyways and under heavy cloud cover, “Restoration” (“ Boker Tov , Adon Fidelman”) is almost entirely devoid of sunlight. It’s a surprising choice for a movie that takes place in Tel Aviv, a seaside city that is far more sunny than gray. And yet, the color palette is a fitting backdrop for the dark and beautiful story.
Tel Aviv’s hottest new destination is the historic refurbished Jaffa train station, which has been meticulously restored and turned into a complex of cafes, galleries and exclusive shops. Tel Aviv has an abundance of shopping areas replete with bars, cafés and restaurants, but few are surrounded by the unique space, quiet and sense of living history as is the restored railway station known as Ha’tahana (the station in English). The meticulous restoration and development process began in the year 2000, and the Tahana is now a thriving complex of 22 buildings that includes cafés and restaurants, designer clothing and jewelry shops, art galleries, exhibition spaces and more. The main train station building was constructed in 1892, as part of the first railway line in Israel that connected Jaffa and Jerusalem. The train trip between the two cities that takes under an hour by car today, took four hours at the time. Find out more in our video story about the fascinating history of the train station; home to paragons of the German Templar community in Israel, their building materials factory; and a British army base and bar. Still planned are areas for children’s activities, music and live shows. Download links (copy/paste to browser): Streaming: www.megaupload.com/?d=NH8N9WNX Hi Res: www.megaupload.com/?d=4D9585TZ