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Jewish travelers find that visiting synagogues/communities adds an interesting dimension to trips. For all travelers, discovering Jewish historical "footprints" leads to greater understanding of cultural forces that have shaped our world.

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Shanghai China's Jewish Museum, by Monique Burns, in Everett Potter's Travel Report

Remarkably,  from 1933 until 1945, China’s ultramodern metropolis provided safe haven to 23,000 Jewish refugees.   In fact, Shanghai was one of only two locales in the world that agreed to take…Continue

Started by Buzzy Gordon Sep 12, 2018.

Saloniki: ‘The Mother of Israel’

Greece’s second largest city and environs have a lot to offer the tourist -- especially the Jewish visitorStory and photos by Buzzy GordonHamam YehudiThere are not many of Israel’s neighbors in the…Continue

Started by Buzzy Gordon Sep 8, 2018.

The fascinating story of the Jews of Melilla

A modest placard beside a storefront door announces the existence…Continue

Started by Tripatini Aug 23, 2017.

The Azores' last Jew

"I am the last Jew in all of the Azores,” Jorge Delmar tells us.  He is a stocky man in his early 50s who runs an import/export business in Ponta Delgada, the capital city of São Miguel, largest of…Continue

Started by Tripatini Aug 12, 2017.

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Comment by Buzzy Gordon on August 5, 2014 at 5:15pm

Rare Jewish Coins from 1st Century Discovered

An archaeological excavation along the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway revealed a previously unknown settlement from the Late Second Temple period -- including a rare hoard of coins that was found in one of its houses. The hoard, which was kept in a ceramic money box, included 114 bronze coins dating to the Year Four of the Great Revolt against the Romans. This revolt led to the destruction of the Temple on Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av) c. 2,000 years ago. 

According to excavation directors, “The hoard, which appears to have been buried several months prior to the fall of Jerusalem, provides us with a glimpse into the lives of Jews living on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the end of the rebellion. Evidently someone here feared the end was approaching and hid his property, perhaps in the hope of collecting it later when calm was restored to the region”. All of the coins are stamped on one side with a chalice and the Hebrew inscription “To the Redemption of Zion” and on the other side with a motif that includes a bundle of lulav between two etrogs. Around this is the Hebrew inscription “Year Four”, that is, the fourth year of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans (69/70 CE). 

Comment by Buzzy Gordon on March 7, 2014 at 2:53pm

Temple Sinai in Lake Charles, LA, is one of the notable landmarks on the local Preservation Society's horse-drawn carriage tour through the city's historic district. Built in 1904, the impressive building lost its distinctive twin onion-domed spires in a devastating hurricane, but it retains a unique indoor feature: a set of interior doors positioned at the rear of the sanctuary that are opened when welcoming the Shabbat queen during services on Friday nights. 

See photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21663250@N03/sets/72157642013648914/

Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 27, 2013 at 4:12pm

Ha! I'd forgotten the ACLU's role in that, but of course, it makes sense. It was First Amendment rights, no exceptions.

A tricky business, this democracy experiment. 

Comment by Buzzy Gordon on August 27, 2013 at 2:04pm

Many do remember the Nazi march, and the ACLU's role in defending their right to do it. In fact, the museum itself commemorates it, under the headline Skokie Invaded, but not Conquered.

I do hope to get a chance to write about it. 

Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 27, 2013 at 7:59am

Buzzy, it's so interesting to me that it's in Skokie. Does anyone else besides me remember that Skokie was where the big Nazi/White People's Christian Party (something like that) rally took place c. 1970?  That was a riveting moment for the nation; everyone was shocked to see that happening up north. Anyway, will you be writing about the museum? 

Comment by Buzzy Gordon on August 26, 2013 at 10:23pm

I recently visited the Illinois Museum of the Holocaust, in the Chicago suburb of Skokie. In my opinion, it is one of the best of its kind in the world. Its original content curator was Michael Berenbaum, who served as director of Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation.  

Comment by Buzzy Gordon on May 28, 2013 at 10:18am

Check out this new site, and sign up for their newsletter; WJH which is about to launch an exciting new travel app.

Comment by Buzzy Gordon on July 13, 2012 at 12:09am
Comment by Buzzy Gordon on July 7, 2012 at 12:01am

Belatedly posting this article that appeared in Jax Fax Magazine:

Spain’s Sephardic Trail

http://editorialarchives.jaxfaxmagazine.com/edit12/0112/view.html
p.28

Comment by Tripatini on June 11, 2012 at 3:19pm
 

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