Tourism to Israel Is Down, but Optimism Abounds Despite decline in visitors, experts remain positive about country’s tourist offerings

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Senior reporter Marc Shapiro recently traveled to Israel as part of a Jewish press trip that was sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The weeklong trip, from July 22 to 28, allowed Shapiro and seven other journalists to travel throughout the country to Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and more. The following articles… Read More

‘Finally Happening’ Baltimore, Rockville lone soldiers make aliyah this month

232 new immigrants arrived in Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh, including 59 men and women who will volunteer for the IDF. The lone soldiers pause for a photo upon landing. (Provided)

Eliezer Rappoport, Gidon Herschander and Gil Kuttler made aliyah Aug. 17 with 60 others from across the country as incoming lone soldiers, immigrants who serve in the Israel Defense Forces but do not have immediate family in Israel. They are traveling with Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that helps people make aliyah by removing the professional,… Read More

Mama’s Mundel Bread Single mother of three realizes her sweet edible dream

Jennifer Dansicker and her daughter, Audrey, prepare to put a batch of mundel bread into the oven at Rosendorff’s Artisan Bakery. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

Traditionally, mundel bread, or mandelbrot, is not always the most popular sweet Jewish delicacy, but imagine one with a fluffy, almost cakelike texture with chocolate chips buried like treasures and a generous coating of cinnamon and sugar. Baking the sweet treat has been always been a hobby for Owings Mills’ Jennifer Dansicker, but last month… Read More

What happens next? With a vote on Iran nuclear deal approaching, expert weighs in on likely outcomes

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Congress has less than a month left to review the Iran nuclear agreement before it comes to an expected vote in mid-September. Despite opponents lobbying hard and spending millions to sway undecided lawmakers, President Barack Obama may still get his way, the Senate majority leader said recently. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to the Associated… Read More

Museum on the Seam: Not Your Average Art Venue Jerusalem sociopolitical art museum in danger of shutting down

A banner declaring “The Revolution Is Not Over” greets museum visitors. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

When people think of Jerusalem, biblical history comes to mind: the Western Wall, the Old City and other sacred relics of the past. But situated in a modest building on the borders of Mea Shearim, Musara and East Jerusalem is what one might call an anomaly for Jerusalem, a contemporary art museum with alluring and… Read More

Israel’s Biblical Chef Moshe Basson’s culinary creations draw from the Torah and his multiethnic upbringing

Above: Chef Moshe Basson, known as Israel’s Biblical Chef, speaks with a group of journalists at his restaurant, The Eucalyptus. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

Many people connect to the earth by going on hikes, connect to the Bible by going to synagogue or church and connect with food by eating and cooking it. For Chef Moshe Basson of The Eucalyptus in Jerusalem, all of those pieces come together in his work. From picking his own herbs and vegetables to… Read More

Matisyahu calls festival cancellation ‘appalling, offensive’

American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu

American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu spoke out against the organizers of a Spanish festival that canceled his performance because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood. On his Facebook page Monday, a day after festival organizers announced that he was no longer invited to perform there, Matisyahu said the festival organizers had asked him “to write… Read More