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  • Jewish Museums of North Americ Jewish Museums of North America

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      The Jewish population of the United States stands at barely 3% of America's total residents but the community has been an intergral part of the American landscape since Colonial times. Throughout the country museums, small and large, exist which attest to the unique role that Jews see for themselves in America and their commitment to their heritage.

      Wherever I travel I try to search out Jewish museums. Every region gives its own flavor to the American Jewish experience and by observing them I enjoy the opportunity to see the American Jewish world in all is diversity.

      Jewish Museum of Oregon

      In the mid-1800s the German Jewish immigration to American began to gain momentum. Most of these immigrants settled along the East Coast but some adventurous pioneers moved westward. In 1849  two German Jewish immigrants traveled to Oregon and settled in the frontier town of Portland. By 1853 enough additional Jewish men had arrived in the town to create the need for a boardinghouse for Jewish bachelors and  the Jewish community continued to expand.

       

      Today Portland has a vibrant Jewish community. The Jewish Museum of Oregon traces the Jewish presence in the northeast with a wide range of exhibits that help you appreciate the sacrifices that the early Jewish settlers made to come and live in the Pacific Northwest. The museum houses a large archive that contains documents, photos and artifacts that document the Jewish immigration and settlement in the region. You can also listen to some of the old-timers whose memories are recorded via the museum's  oral history program.  

       

      Modern Portland Jewish history is on display via temporary exhibits which display Judaica and elements of Jewish culture and tradition. These exhibits are not necessarily unique to Oregon, but their inclusion in the museum ensures that the exhibits meet the needs of present-day visitors for Jewish information. Films, concerts and lectures are scheduled throughout the year -- the website provides information about these events.

       

       

      Jewish Museum of Charleston

      It may seem incongruous to have a full-blown, high quality Jewish museum in a city with a miniscule Jewish population but 200 years ago there were more Jews in Charleston than in almost any other American colony. Charleston is the historical home of one of North America's first Jewish communities. The Charter of South Carolina, written in 1669, granted liberty of conscience to all residents, specifically noting "Jews, heathens, and dissenters." Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch Jews saw Charleston as a haven where they could  live freely as Jews. Charleston was a center of Jewish life until well into the 20th century and a congregation still remains.

       

      The Jewish Museum of Charleston displays a wide range of exhibits that explore Jewish culture, showing how Jews celebrated and commemorated holidays and rituals hundreds of years ago till today. The museum's permanent exhibition -- Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey examines the Jewish experience of the last 4000 years as it is perceived through various art forms. The display area presents a diverse collection of archaeological objects, ceremonial implements, photographs, videos and interactive media that offers an overview of the American Jewish experience.

       

      The museum is located in the Kahal Kadosh synagogue. Kahal Kadosh was built in 1749 to serve the Sephardic (Spanish and Portuguese) Jews. It became one of America's first Reform Temples when the changing demographics of the Charleston Jewish community created a need for change in the mid 1800s.  The Museum traces the history of this evolution as well as of the Reform reinterpretation of Jewish traditions, the interaction of Jewish community of Charleston with other cultures and the impact that these historical events have had on American Jewish life.

       

      Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

      There are Holocaust Museums all over the world but the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, located in Atlanta Georgia, tells the story of the Holocaust by exploring the lives of over 400 survivors who made their way to Georgia and Alabama after the war.

       

      Using documents, photos and biographical details of the survivors the museum demonstrates the progression of the Holocaust years, starting with the persecutions and moving on to the ghettos, the concentration camps and, for very few, final freedom.

       

      Holocaust survivors that made their way to the southern United States have become successful and valued members of their communities. These people gave their time, money and memories to  the museum to contribute to Holocaust education in their community. Probably the most moving part of the museum involved the survivors' stories which personalized the exhibit in a way that photos and documents can never achieve. The Breman museum adds a great deal to the public's knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust.

        

      Milken Archives of Jewish Music

      The Los Angeles-based Milken Archives of Jewish Music was created by the Milken Foundation as a resource through which the history and the evolution of American Jewry can be traced by examining Jewish American liturgy and music. Beginning with data that documents the 17th century Sephardic Jews who arrived from Brazil, the Archive documents the unique songs and chants that are associated with American Jewish history.

       

      The first Jews in America were of Spanish and Portuguese origin. After they escaped the Inquisition they moved to Holland and from Holland they joined the expeditions to the New World. When Portugal conquered Brazil from Holland and brought the Inquisition to South America the Jews fled northward to the new American colonies. They brought their Iberian traditions and Sephardic culture with them and early American Jewish worship was characterized by Sephardic melodies and liturgy.

       

      German Jews began to immigrate to America in the mid-1800s. Some synagogues incorporated the new German customs, including those of the German-based Reform denomination, into their services. By the late 1800s a great immigration that would eventually encompass over 2 million Eastern European Jews was underway -- this wave laid the groundwork for an American Jewish community that, until today, is mostly Ashkanazic. The Milken Archives has created recordings that trace each of these groups through their prayers, especially Ashkanazi cantorial music. As a researcher who is interested in American Jewish history, I found numerous helpful resources and materials available at the Archives. The Archives also offer these resources online.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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  • Calle Virgen de los Remedios, Calle Virgen de los Remedios, Ronda

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  • Calle de los Flores, Córdoba Calle de los Flores, Córdoba

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      Calle de los Flores, Córdoba, Andalucia, España.

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  • Calle de los Flores, Córdoba, Calle de los Flores, Córdoba, España

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      Calle de los Flores, Córdoba, Andalucia,  España.

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  • Perito Moreno Glacier Perito Moreno Glacier

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      In Los Glaciares National Park, outside Calafate, Argentina

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  • A Memorable Limousine Ride Ph A Memorable Limousine Ride Photos

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      It was really a great experience to go on a company tour in Los Angeles. Our company had hired an Extreme H2 Hummer limo having capacity of 20-24 people. An entire way, we enjoyed a lot with music, soft drinks. Highest quality 4500 Watt Stereo System was really amazing. And chauffeur was very friendly with us and had great knowledge about that area.

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  • How to Find the Best Hotels Ne How to Find the Best Hotels Near LAX Airport

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      Your trip is more than learning to navigate Los Angeles airport parking. If you are planning to fly in or out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) you may need to book accommodation in a local hotel. From time to time travelers may also experience delays which require them to stay overnight in order to board a later flight. Whatever the reason, there is no shortage of hotels available within a reasonable distance to LAX airport.  We’ve chosen some of our favorites and provided some information to assist you. You can also visit CheapAirportParking.org which provides resources and customer reviews for parking at quality hotels in the area.

      Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard

      This hotel is conveniently located right beside Los Angeles International Airport which is both a convenience and a detriment to a good night of sleep. While it is a beautifully appointed hotel with exceptional service, if you are a light sleeper opt to reserve at a hotel a little further away. The sound of the airport (including landing planes) can make for a restless night of sleep. Aside from the noise, the Courtyard Los Angeles is a clean and very affordable place to stay.

      Custom Hotel at LAX

      If you have never stayed in a boutique hotel before you are in for a real treat. Relax or get social in the mod 1960’s styled hotel that “puts the glamour and fun back in air travel”. A preferred destination the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to the airport. Your flight status can be checked from the hotels LAX Lounge. The six social lounges in the hotel are all named for air travelers including: Layover Lounge, Transonic, LAX Lounge, Stratosphere, Duty Free and Axis Annex.

      LAX Embassy Suites Hotel

      This hotel is the only one that specializes in all-suite accommodation and is a great choice for people who are travelling in groups or large families. They offer complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service which leaves every twenty minutes. It is a prestigious location and near Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the South Bay area. Free beverages and snacks at the evening Managers reception events and a very well equipped business center and high speed internet.

      Hilton Los Angeles Airport

      If you are looking for luxury and a pet-friendly hotel, consider reserving in the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. It is also known as being one of the better sound proofed hotels in the area. While it’s located very close to the airport, you won’t hear a sound.

      Holiday Inn Express

      If you are looking for affordability first, reserve at the Holiday Inn Express. They offer reasonable rooms at very competitive rates and a free 24-hour shuttle service to LAX.

      Remember to always book early to ensure you get a room and provide notice for cancellation to avoid fees. Remember if you are looking for cheap LAX parking to check online for reservations and availability.

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  • Exploring Budapest: Day 1 Exploring Budapest: Day 1

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      Flying all the way from Los Angeles, my mom and I arrived in Budapest at 9 in the morning - fun.  After making our way to the hotel, we ended up passing out for a good 3 hours on the extremely comfortable beds in our room.

      Miraculously, we were able to wake up and force ourselves to go outside and explore, despite the major jet lag. About 10 seconds after stepping outside, the blue sky quickly vanished and it started pouring so we ran into a cafe close to the hotel and hid out there for a good hour. 

      I was eager to try some Hungarian food so I ordered goulash soup which was really delicious. I’m no food expert so I’m not quite sure if there are several different kinds of goulash but mine had beef, potatoes, carrots, and onions in it. I’d definitely recomend trying it if you’re ever in Hungary! Unfortunately, I only ate goulash once while I was there because the rest of the week was extremely hot and who the hell wants to eat soup when it’s 90 degrees out?

      The rain stopped after an hour and sunshine returned so we decided to walk around the city a bit to get an idea of where everything is. We walked long the Danube River, passed the gorgeous Parliament building, and ended up around St. Stephen’s Basilica which is surrounded by beautiful shops and cafes. 

      Jet lag got the best of us again and we ended up returning to the hotel and falling asleep by 8:30. Yeah. Party animals.

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  • Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica

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      Part of the pool area and water features at Los Suenos Resort near Jaco, Costa Rica.

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  • orchids orchids

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      Some orchids at the Marriott's Los Suenos Resort near Jaco, Costa Rica

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  • orchids orchids

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      Some orchids at the Marriott's Los Suenos Resort near Jaco, Costa Rica

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  • Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica

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      A water feature at Los Suenos Resort near Jaco, Costa Rica.

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  • Herradura Bay Herradura Bay

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      Coastline of Herradura Island looking northeast into Herradura Bay. Marriott's Los Suenas Resort is just to the left of the photo.

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  • Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica

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      My wife and her twin sister in the lobby area of Marriott's Los Suenos Resort near Jaco, Costa Rica.

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  • Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica

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      Part of the lobby area of Marriott's Los Suenos Resort near Jaco, Costa Rica.

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  • Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica

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      Pool area and harbor from our room at Los Suenos esort near Jaco, Costa Rica.

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  • Los Angeles 1966 Los Angeles 1966

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      An aerial shot of downtown Los Angeles in June 1966.

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  • Los Huicholes Los Huicholes

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      in Puerto vallarta, MX

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  • Old Town Sunset Old Town Sunset

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      Showing off the new pier in Old Town at Los Muertos Beach, PV, MX

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