Balat in Istanbul

19 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Union for the Mediterranean Reading Time:  8 minutes

© flickr.com - Moyan Brenn/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Moyan Brenn/cc-by-2.0

Balat is a neighbourhood in the municipality and district of Fatih, Istanbul Province, Turkey. Its population is 11,656 (2022). It is in the old city on the European side of Istanbul, on the western shore of the Golden Horn, sandwiched between Fener and Ayvansaray. Historically, it was the center of the Jewish community in Istanbul.   read more…

Bagel

14 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, New York City Reading Time:  8 minutes

Bagel with sesame © Shisma/cc-by-4.0

Bagel with sesame © Shisma/cc-by-4.0

A bagel (Polish: bajgiel; Yiddish: beygl; also spelled beigel) is a bread roll originating in the Jewish communities of Poland. Bagels are traditionally made from yeasted wheat dough that is shaped by hand into a torus or ring, briefly boiled in water, and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior.   read more…

Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in Manhattan

30 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  6 minutes

© David Shankbone/cc-by-sa-3.0

© David Shankbone/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Congregation Shearith Israel (lit.: Congregation Remnant of Israel), often called The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue located at 2 West 70th Street, at Central Park West, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States.   read more…

Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

27 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  11 minutes

Anne Frank in May 1942, two months before she and her family went into hiding © Photo collection Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Anne Frank in May 1942, two months before she and her family went into hiding
© Photo collection Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

The Anne Frank House (Dutch: Anne Frank Huis) is a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.   read more…

Theme Week Armenia – Ararat City

26 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Ararat City entrance from the M2 highway © Armineaghayan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ararat City entrance from the M2 highway © Armineaghayan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ararat is a town in the Ararat Municipality of the Ararat Province of Armenia, located on the YerevanNakhchivan highway, 42 km (26 mi) southeast of the capital Yerevan and 19 km (12 mi) south of the provincial centre Artashat. In the 2011 census, the population of the town was 20,235. As per the 2016 official estimate, the population is around 20,300.   read more…

New Synagogue in Dessau

17 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© M H.DE/cc-by-sa-4.0

© M H.DE/cc-by-sa-4.0

The New Synagogue, also known as the Weill Synagogue, is a Jewish place of worship in the city center of Dessau. It is the first newly built synagogue in the state of Saxony-Anhalt since German reunification.   read more…

House of One in Berlin

24 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin Reading Time:  8 minutes

House of One model © Thaler Tamas/cc-by-sa-4.0

House of One model © Thaler Tamas/cc-by-sa-4.0

The House of One is a religious structure being built in Berlin. It will be the world’s first house of prayer for three religions, containing a church, a mosque, and a synagogue. The construction costs, which are estimated at 43.5 million euros, come roughly equally from the federal government, the city of Berlin as well as donations and a crowdfunding campaign.   read more…

Bardejov in Slovakia

7 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  10 minutes

Church of St. Aegidius © panoramio.com - Mister No/cc-by-3.0

Church of St. Aegidius © panoramio.com – Mister No/cc-by-3.0

Bardejov (Hungarian: Bártfa, German: Bartfeld, Rusyn: Бардеёв, Ukrainian: Бардіїв, Polish: Bardejów) is a town in North-Eastern Slovakia. It is situated in the Šariš region on a floodplain terrace of the Topľa River, in the hills of the Beskyd Mountains. It exhibits numerous cultural monuments in its completely intact medieval town center. The town is one of UNESCO‘s World Heritage Sites and currently maintains a population of about 32,000 inhabitants. In 2017, Bardejov was awarded the honorary title of “Reformation City of Europe” by the Community of Evangelical Churches in Europe.   read more…

Cetate Synagogue in Timișoara

20 November 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© flickr.com - Fred Romero/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Fred Romero/cc-by-2.0

Cetate Synagogue (Romanian: Sinagoga din Cetate or Sinagoga Cultului Mozaic Neolog) is a Jewish place of worship in Timișoara, Western Romania, located on Mărășești Street in the Cetate district. It was built between 1863 and 1865 in an eclectic style with Moorish elements. It is inscribed in the list of historical monuments in Timiș County. The synagogue reopened for the public in 2022.   read more…

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