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Travel and World Reports
Argentina  
Interview with Sergio Brukman. The city’s best sightseeing and dining, and its Jewish community life, including the Judaica Foundation’s unique model of cooperation, in which a network of Jewish institutions representing all religious streams focus on common goals. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
Ben G. Frank. Fearing social unrest in the face of Argentina’s economic crisis, a growing number of Jews are emigrating to Israel and elsewhere, adding to the woes of one of the world’s foremost Diaspora communities. Part of Focus: Bittersweet Lands. Winter 2002
Lennard R. Thal. The material poverty besetting Buenos Aires’ Progressive Jewish community contrasts sharply with its spiritual vitality and resolve. Part of Focus: Bittersweet Lands. Winter 2002
Australia  
interview with Philip Bliss. The best sightseeing in Melbourne, Jews in Australian history, and Jewish life in Melbourne today. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
Austria  
Cindy R. Kandel. Personal story of how the author and her two daughters ventured to Vienna in search of their ancestors and how she came away with a sacred mission. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
Barbados  
Aron and Judy Hirt-Manheimer. Bridgetown's reconstructed historic Nidhe Israel synagogue, a new interactive Jewish museum, and a recently excavated mikveh (the oldest known in the Western Hemisphere) reveal Barbados Jewry's miraculous history. Summer 2009.
Brazil  
interview with Raul Cesar Gottlieb. Tourism tips, culinary delights, history, and Jewish community life in Rio. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
Bulgaria  
Carol Shapiro. In this country which rallied to save every one of its Jewish citizens during the Holocaust, the meticulous restoration of the Sophia Synagogue is a source of national pride. Part of Focus: Bittersweet Lands. Winter 2002
Canada  
A conversation with Canadian Rabbis Michael Dolgin, Leigh Lerner, and Dow Marmur on the distinct character and practices of Canadian Jewry. Fall 2009.
Aron and Judy Hirt-Manheimer. The spirit of Jewish Nova Scotia. Summer 2007.
Aron and Judy Hirt-Manheimer. Experiencing British Columbia's cuisine and aesthetics as well as the Jewish communities of Vancouver and Victoria. Spring 2002.
Cuba  
Jeffrey Salkin. A generation of Communism—and severe poverty—has not sapped the spiritual energy of Cuban Jewry. Includes a visit to a cigar factory and reflections on life in Cuba. Winter 2001.
Curaçao  
Aron and Judy Hirt-Manheimer. Curaçao is a travel destination both for its historic Jewish legacy and its welcoming community. Summer 2002.
Simeon Maslin. “Could I reunite two feuding congregations without incurring the wrath of Curacao’s Sephardi ghosts?” Winter 2000.
Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic  
Eileen Winter. Meeting my Reform brethren on Shabbat in Warsaw, Budapest, and Prague. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
Paul Liptz. The wonders and the challenges of the Jewish community’s rebirth in Poland, the FSU, the Czech Republic, & Germany. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
Marla Feldman. Reflections on chaperoning 43 teens to Prague as part of NFTY’s Dor L’Dor travel program. Winter 2011.
Steve Stern. Everywhere in Prague a visitor is reminded of being in a city saturated by a magic that centuries of oppression have been unable to stamp out. Spring 1999.
Dominican Republic  
Debbie Blumberg. The challenge and the experience of attending a Shabbat service at the synagogue in Sosúa, Dominican Republic. Summer 2003.
Egypt  
Jeremi Suri. After the 1973 Yom Kippur War, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger almost singlehandedly reshaped the balance of power in the Middle East—a balance which reigned in the region for nearly 40 years. How did Kissinger’s escape from Nazi Germany impact his foreign policy? And now, with populist Arab uprisings, how will history judge his legacy? Winter 2011.
Mark Glickman. A rabbi’s quest to follow the trail of the Cairo Genizah—the largest trove of ancient and medieval Jewish manuscripts ever discovered. Winter 2010.
Ruth Sohn. "Here I am, a Jew, a rabbi, and a woman embarking on a 6-month stay in Cairo. How will Egyptians react to me when they learn my true identity? And will we be able to bridge our parallel conflicting narratives of the Israeli-Arab divide?" Reflections on people, places, and complex relationships in diary/journal style. Winter 2006.
Alan Bennett. This discussion and study guide to "The Arabic Lesson" contains an article summary, Big Ideas to consider, questions for discussion, a bibliography, and more. Winter 2006.
Ethiopia  
Howard Lenhoff, president of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews, 1978-1982, interviews Jerry Weaver, the U.S. Foreign Service Officer who engineered a secret plan to shepherd thousands of desperate Ethiopian Jewish refugees from Sudan to Israel. Winter 2005.
How the Reform Movement has supported Ethiopian Jewry. Winter 2005.
Europe  
Joshua Edelman. EuroJews, a network of young Reform-leaning Jews, are building Liberal Judaism on the European continent, in part by traveling to different European countries for shared holiday celebrations, parties, and Jewish learning. Summer 2007.
Former Soviet Union  
Paul Liptz. The wonders and the challenges of the Jewish community’s rebirth in Poland, the FSU, the Czech Republic, & Germany. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
interview with Leonid Bimbat. Tourism tips, culinary delights, history, and Jewish community life in Moscow. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
Gail Glezerman Sherman. Personal tale of how contacting the World Union for Progressive Judaism in advance of the author’s trip to St. Petersburg led to an enduring experience of Jewish connectedness. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
France  
interview with Stéphane Beder. The best sightseeing and dining in Paris, plus what it’s like to be a Jew in France today. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
Bernard Edinger. The growth of France's fourteen Liberal synagogues. Spring 2008.
Andree Aelion Brooks. Hidden beneath the scented fields of lavender that dot the landscape of Provence lies an intriguing page of Jewish history. Part of Focus: Bittersweet Lands. Winter 2002.
Germany  
Ruth H. Sohn. Travel diary exploring the nuances of living for a year as a Jew in the land the author’s parents fled in the 1930s. Summer 2014.
Paul Liptz. The wonders and the challenges of the Jewish community’s rebirth in Poland, the FSU, the Czech Republic, & Germany. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
How Temple Sinai youth groupers in Denver and Netzwerk students in Bunde, Germany developed and nurtured a longstanding relationship that continues to this day. Part of "What Works: Ideas & Initiatives." Spring 2010
Aron Hirt-Manheimer. Epiphany at the International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen, Germany. Part of Focus: The Battle for Memory. Winter 2009.
Paul A. Shapiro. What it took to open ITS, the largest archive of inaccessible Holocaust-related documents, in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Part of Focus: The Battle for Memory. Winter 2009.
Haiti  
A member of Sinai Temple, Champaign, Illinois reflects on the challenges and meaning of her volunteer work in Haiti and other locales. PDF. Summer 2011.
Richard Jacobs. Was it God's will or human injustice that caused so many deaths in Haiti? Spring 2011.
Hungary  
Eileen Winter. Meeting my Reform brethren on Shabbat in Warsaw, Budapest, and Prague. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
interview with Erika Siegfried-Tompson. Tourism tips, culinary delights, history, and Jewish community life in Budapest. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
India  
Martin Sherman. India - the world's most populous democracy - and Israel - the world's most beleaguered democracy - have developed a vibrant relationship that could well change the geopolitical landscape in one of the world's most volatile regions. Winter 2010.
Based on earlier article by Rabbi Leon Morris. Brief overview of Rodef Shalom Synagogue in Mumbai: its founding, worship rituals, hospitality, and contact information. Winter 2010.
Rabbi Leon Morris. The Jewish Religious Union (JRU) in Mumbai blends Indian customs with British-flavored Progressive Jewry. Winter 2000.
Seth Castleman. The last Jews of Calcutta live their lives one day at a time. They pray, they hope, and they leave the rest to God. Winter 2000.
Iran  
An interview with Dr. Houman Sarshar on the little-known story of Iran's Jews from antiquity to the present. Summer 2005.
Roya Hakakian. An articulate young woman's personal story of growing up Jewish during the Iranian Revolution. Summer 2005.
Dr. Alan Bennett. Discussion Guide on Iranian Jewry with an overview, questions, and a bibliography. Summer 2005.
Iraq  
Edwin Black. The behind-the-scenes story of how Iraq's 2,600-year-old Jewish community was decimated in one decade. Winter 2004.
Tamara Ruben interview. The education director of Temple Emanu-El, Westfield, NJ reflects on the distinctive Iraqi Jewish customs her family experienced before 1950, when they, along with thousands of other Iraqi Jews, fled their country in search of a safer life. Winter 2004.
Israel  
An RJ-ARZA collaboration. A guide to all 40 IMPJ congregations, with worship and contact information and a color-coded Visitor’s Map of every community. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Rolene Marks. Innovative eateries intermixing immigrant culinary traditions and Middle Eastern and Asian accents: Yakomono, Mul Yam, Max’s, Dr. Shakshuka, Bouza, Mr. Lachuch, Mukhtar, Shegar Ethiopian Restaurant, Kfar Hanokdim, Arcadia. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Darryl Egnal. Israel is now a world leader in green innovation—& many initiatives are open to the eco-traveler. Article covers: Ariel Sharon Park/Mount Hiriya, Vertico Eco-Art Village, Neve Midbar, Chai Negev, Mitzpe Revivim, Nitzana Educational Community & Solar Park, Ezuz - Zimmerbus, Kibbutz Lotan, Ketura Sun, The Ecological Greenhouse—Kibbutz Ein Shemer, Agamon Hula Lake Ornithologial and Nature Park, Mitzpe Hayamim. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Ori J. Lenkinski. An insider’s TLVStyle fashion tour by Galit Reisman introduces visitors to behind-the-scenes Tel Aviv designers Chen Fuchs, Maria Berman, Muslin Brothers, Sivan Moshkovitz, and others, and reveals much about 21st century Israeli culture. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Abigail Klein Leichman. Experiencing what it’s like to be old, deaf, or blind…operating Leonardo da Vinci’s canal lock, virtually meeting the pre-State volunteer fighters…. Profiles of museums/exhibitions: Invitation to Silence, Dialogue with Time, Dialogue in the Dark, Design Museum: Holon, MadaTech, Palmach Museum. Sidebar on seven Other Innovative Museums. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Italy  
Bonny V. Fetterman. The history of Italian Jewry is a rich and sometimes tragic story—a legacy which Italy is now reclaiming as its own. Part of Focus: Bittersweet Lands. Winter 2002.
The old Jewish ghetto has become the place to live in Venice. Spring 1999.
Jamaica  
Aron and Judith Hirt-Manheimer. The challenges Congregation Sha’are Shalom in Kingston, Jamaica faces as it weighs how far to diverge from its long-held traditions in response to a diminishing demographic, while still preserving its inherited and revered cultural identity. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
Netherlands  
Manja Ressler. More than fifty years after the near destruction of Dutch Jewry, formerly hidden Jews in the Netherlands are reclaiming their Jewish roots. Winter 1999.
Poland  
Eileen Winter. Meeting my Reform brethren on Shabbat in Warsaw, Budapest, and Prague. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
Paul Liptz. The wonders and the challenges of the Jewish community’s rebirth in Poland, the FSU, the Czech Republic, & Germany. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
Interview with Rabbi Burt Schuman. The rabbi of Warsaw's Progressive Synagogue, Beit Warszawa, speaks about the thriving Progressive Jewish community in Poland, the misperceptions Jews outside of Poland have about the country today, and what the Jewish future looks like. Fall 2009.
Aron Hirt-Manheimer. In a land that was once home to a great Jewish civilization, some Jews and non-Jews construct memorials to "a vanished people," while others are rebuilding a living, vibrant Judaism. Winter 2001.
Morlan Ty Rogers. "The inscription on the Jedwabne monument erected by the Polish government was a lie. I vowed to expose the truth to the world." Winter 2001.
Puerto Rico  
interview with Harry A. and Barbara Tasch Ezratty. Tourism tips, culinary delights, history, and Jewish community life in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
Singapore  
interview with Lennard Thal. Tourism tips, culinary delights, history, and Jewish community life in Singapore. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
South Africa  
interview with Alvin Kushner. The best sightseeing and dining in Cape Town, Jews in South African history, Jews in Cape Town politics, and Jewish life in Cape Town today. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
interview with Robert Jacobs. Tourism tips, culinary delights, history, and Jewish community life in Johannesburg. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
Bonny V. Fetterman. A great social experiment is unfolding in South Africa—and its now-diminished Jewish community is determined to make it succeed. Winter 2001.
Spain  
Schelly Talalay Dardashti. The vibrant Jewish life at Comunitat Jueva ATID de Catalunya, Spain’s only Progressive congregation. Spring 2004
Andree Aelion Brooks. We are among the first groups of Jewish tourists to visit Girona, Spain, where, during the Middle Ages, Nachmanides enthralled students with his Kabbalistic teachings. Winter 2000
Suriname  
Hanan Cidor. “I was asked to determine the eligibility of 16 Jewish Surinamese for the URJ’s Birthright Israel trip, so I traveled to Suriname….” Includes the Jewish history of Suriname, the functioning synagogue, and other places to visit. Spring 2011.
Andrée Aelion Brooks. Our expedition through the tropical wilderness of Suriname uncovered mysteries of a pioneering Jewish settlement in the Americas. Spring 1999.
Tibet  
Mary and Everett Gendler. On a bone-chilling Himalayan mountain, we offered young Tibetans a Jewish perspective on nonviolent resistance. Fall 1998
Uganda  
Jon Marshall. Jewish life has taken root in unexpected places, from the forests of India to a village in Uganda. Spring 1999.
United States  
Philip Mandelbaum. A chronicle of the turning points in the 350-year history of Jews in America. Spring 2005.
Mark A. Glickman. The chills and thrills of conducting a funeral service for the Jewish community of Kotzebue, Alaska. Fall 2002.
Seth Kunin. Exploring the ancient Jewish rituals that survive among many Crypto Jews in New Mexico. Summer 2001.
World Travel  
Joel Oseran. A brief history of the major renewal of Reform/Progressive Jewish life worldwide since the World Union for Progressive Judaism was established in 1926. Includes first-ever map of Reform congregations worldwide. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
Gary Bretton-Granatoor. How contacting the World Union for Progressive Judaism in advance of traveling enables North American Reform Jews to connect with their larger Progressive/Reform/Liberal family abroad. Part of 2nd Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2014.
No byline. Top 43 list (in decreasing order) of nations with the highest Jewish populations which includes the number of Reform communities in every country, their locales, and each community’s self-description (Reform/Progressive/Liberal/Modern). Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
Gary Bretton-Granatoor. The inside scoop on how individuals can arrange to attend services and connect with their Reform “cousins” worldwide. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
Paul Liptz. The wonders and the challenges of the Jewish community’s rebirth in Poland, the FSU, the Czech Republic, & Germany. Part of 1st RJ Insider’s Guide to Jewish World Travel. Spring 2013.
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