Travel and Food

A Sightseeing Trip to Caesarea and Tzfat, Israel

If you were going away by car for a few days, could you have lunch at a 2,000 year old seaport, once the most modern in the world? Or, could you spend a few days in a Holy City which once was – and still might be – the center of the Kabbala movement? Recently, Michal and I enjoyed a 3-day getaway in northern Israel doing those things. [Steve Kramer]

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Israel Philharmonic Returns to the US with Quartet Performance at Inaugural Gala in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — On Tuesday, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) announced a series of galas headlined by an Israel Philharmonic string quartet in seven U.S. cities this December, including the Inaugural San Diego Gala held at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center on December 8th. The events mark the first

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Why I Started Making My Own Challah

By Lizzie Rubin SAN DIEGO — There’s nothing like an audience and an impending deadline to put your goals into motion. In 2017, I decided that, despite never having baked or cooked anything in my life, I wanted to learn to make challah. I told everyone I had wanted to make challah to connect to

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Flying sushi: Israel readies for delivery drone traffic jams

Published by Relaxnews Drone powerhouse Israel is translating the know-how of air force veterans to the delivery of sushi and ice-cream, as companies tap their expertise to avoid collisions in increasingly crowded skies. On a grassy stretch of a Tel Aviv beachfront, three drones flew above shiny high-rises this week, propellers buzzing as they lowered

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Good News From Israel (October 17, 2021)

In the Oct. 17, 2021 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include: 
–An Israeli startup can test whether a recovering cancer patient needs chemotherapy.
–Israelis are aiding and rescuing trapped Afghans.
–An Israeli has been elected President of Europe’s top nuclear research organization.
–The brother of Israel’s PM has launched an electro-hydrogen truck in the UK.
–BMW, LG, and other multinationals are using Israeli smart glass in their products.
–An Israeli hosted chess tournament attracted participants from Iran and Saudi Arabia.
–Over a million people visited Jerusalem’s Western Wall during the recent festivals. {Michael Ordman]

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Federation Launches Leadership Program for Young Adults, Immersive Experiences for Teens

Last week, at Friday night services, I had the great joy of watching dozens of second graders singing Hinei Ma Tov and Oseh Shalom while their parents and grandparents practically jumped out of their seats to get a better view. It was a truly joyful (and utterly chaotic) scene; the kind of community moment we have had so little of over the past 18 months. It has been quite a few years since my own children stood on the bimah singing their hearts out with their classmates, but I felt those parents’ joy; I felt the pride of the congregation in those 7 and 8 year olds. I felt what it meant to everyone in that room to have a beautiful, lively, multi-generational, chaotic, communal Jewish experience. And that experience was only possible through the tireless work of our Jewish communal professionals and lay leaders, who have continued to hold our community close and are bringing so much energy and creativity to Jewish experiences. [Heidi Gantwerk]

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StandWithUs San Diego Condemns Antisemitism and Misinformation During Panel Hosted by SDCDP

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — StandWithUs San Diego strongly condemned antisemitic conspiracy theories and demonization of Israel during a recent panel hosted by the San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP) Central Committee. One panelist falsely accused Israel of being complicit in the horrific murder of George Floyd, simply because some senior U.S. law enforcement officials

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Wastewater Recycling Plant to Irrigate Mexican Vineyards, Mitigate Imperial Beach’s Sewage Problem

The plant that will produce approximately 6.8 acre feet (8,400 cubic meters) of recycled water a day from Tijuana sewage is about 35 percent constructed, and the 70-mile (113-kilometer) pipeline that will carry the water to the wine-growing region of Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California is scheduled to begin construction this coming January. [Donald H. Harrison]

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The People of the Book(stores)

This coffee table book weighing 3¾ pounds offers 312 stellar photographs of 50 bookstores in eight countries by Frankfort born, Munich educated, and London based Horst A. Friedrichs. [Oliver B. Pollak, Ph.D]

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