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Venice’s frayed, shrinking 500-year-old Jewish Ghetto is planning a renaissance

VENICE (JTA) — Through a narrow, fraying sottoportico, or Venetian alleyway, and across a wooden footbridge, there is a wide square enclosed by rows of multicolored buildings.

Stepping into Venice’s Jewish Ghetto feels a bit like traveling back in time. On March 29, 1516, the Venetian Senate gated the city’s Jews here near a cannon factory, in one of the earliest examples of forced religious segregation.

In contrast to their...

Ex-Hasidic trans activist Abby Stein photographed by Annie Leibovitz


(JTA) — Abby Stein remembers two things well about her first-ever editorial photo shoot after coming out as an ex-Orthodox trans woman. The first was that the shoot, in her bedroom for Vogue magazine in 2018, was the first time Stein had posed in a bra, and she wasn’t totally comfortable with the experience.

The second was that someone asked her who her dream photographer would be.


Passover in the time of coronavirus: Cancellations mount at kosher resorts


NEW YORK (JTA) — For the past three years, Esther Possick has avoided the hassle of hosting Passover at her Long Island home by traveling to kosher hotels in foreign locales.

In 2017, she spent the holiday at a resort in Stresa, a resort town on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy not far from the Swiss border. The following year she tried out Rimini, a coastal city...

Inbal Hotel says soup’s on

JERUSALEM – Soup’s on. Literally. The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel is busy with its third annual soup festival pop-up concept restaurant. From now through April, the satisfying, all you-can-eat soup buffet will be running at the Inbal’s Sophia Cafe. The cost is 65 NIS, or about $18.50 per person.

This year, for the first time, the bill of fare will offer guests some dairy free and gluten free soup options...

Jewish Museum shows Mizrahi loves company


The last time I really thought about the fashion world was in September 2001. When the planes hit on the morning of the 11th, the city was replete with fashion journalists, who had all converged in New York to cover New York Fashion Week. As events unfolded, fashion correspondents became the reporters on the ground, way out of their comfort zones, and what resulted were strikingly human...

Travel to Jewish Seville is a must with Moises

By ELYSE GLICKMAN, Special to the CCJN

Although Seville, Spain has a widely advertised museum-type attraction in its Jewish Quarter, a tour with Moises Hassan skips structured display cases in favor of a more authentic, anthropological approach to Jewish history as well as insight on how approximately 130 present-day Jews of Reform and Orthodox backgrounds live in this vibrant city.

Traveling through the narrow, sinuous streets of Seville’s “Juderia” with...

Fighting in Israel forces teen tours to alter itineraries on the fly


TEL AVIV (JTA) — When the siren rang out in Jerusalem last week, the 41 teenage participants in a five-week summer Israel trip were already asleep, exhausted from a day that had begun with a flight from New York.

Within minutes, they were awake, out of their rooms and in a fortified room. From their shelter, they could hear rockets...

Travel to Cadbury World is cocotastic—and kosher


( -It’s easy to imagine that if the ancient Israelites had been familiar with the cocoa bean, God might have promised them a land flowing with milk and chocolate. He didn’t, but such a land does exist.

In the English city of Birmingham, a 90-minute train ride from London, Cadbury—the company that popularized modern British milk chocolate—welcomes half a million visitors a year who come to pay...