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Jewish Heritage Sites in Spain

Story and photos by Jay Chatzkel Our recent travels in Spain became more meaningful – and a bit more of an adventure – when my wife, Barbara, and I included visits to Jewish heritage sites. Over the last 100 years, and especially since the 1970s, sites have been recovered and restored by private initiatives, as…

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Travel’s triumph over terrorism

After a three-month adventure seeking beauty in the world, many thoughts race through your mind, especially when you have quit your job, run out of money and have no clue what comes next. However, a philosophical discussion on the meaning of life with a perfect stranger is not one of them. A tall man stood…

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Adventures Await At Arizona State Parks

Arizona became the 48th state of the United States on February 14, 1912, making it one of the youngest states. This is also true for the Arizona State Parks system, established in 1957, which is young compared to other state park systems. Following numerous unsuccessful attempts to create a state parks system in Arizona, a…

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Glamping it’s all good

There is a new way to travel that’s been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s called glamping – a fusion of glamorous and camping. Glamping is for those who want to experience the great outdoors, without having to be uncomfortable doing so. Apparently, it was popular internationally way before it came over to the U.S.,…

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Jewish roots entwined with Indian culture

Photo by Dan Fellner Numbering only about 5,000 in a country of more than 1.2 billion people, Jews constitute a minuscule fraction – 0.0004 percent – of the inhabitants in the world’s second-most populous country, known far more for curry and cricket than kreplach and kippot. Yet the unique historical legacy and important contributions of…

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Thessaloniki Jews have a Rich History

When thinking of the historical hubs of Jewish life in pre-Holocaust Europe, most Jews invoke stories of their ancestors’ “old country” – places like Poland, Germany, Hungary and Russia. But Greece? Surprisingly, as I learned during a recent visit, Thessaloniki, Greece, the country’s second-largest city, has one of the richest and most vibrant Jewish histories…

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