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Nidhe Synagogue Barbados

Barbados: Jewish history from 1628

By Roland Leiser Barbados in the West Indies counts among its national treasures Bridgetown’s Nidhe Israel synagogue (the Scattered of Israel) and yes, pop singer Rihanna. A street named for Barbados-born Rihanna reflects her world-wide fame, but the capital city’s synagogue and museum represent cultural icons of a different sort–a centuries-old Jewish past. Barbados Synagogue …

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Wayne Gretzky Winery - Niagara-on-the-Lake

The two worlds of Canada’s Niagara Region

Experience and photos by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva When we visited Canada’s Niagara Region we enjoyed a couple of days marveling at the enormous force and stunning beauty of the Falls. But we also spent a glorious couple of days experiencing the globally-acclaimed Niagara Peninsula wine region. The amazing power of nature is never more evident …

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The Casablanca Hotel: Bogart and Broadway

Story by Will A. Davis Those of us of a “certain age”  may remember with fondness and nostalgia the  now classic  1942 movie “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, along with many other legendary stars gathering at the notorious Rick’s Cafe  in a story filled with intrigue and romance. Magic The Casablanca Hotel in …

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Banff and Jasper – Year-round natural splendor

Experience and photos by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva   Pick your season – it doesn’t matter what time of year you visit Alberta’s Canadian Rocky Mountains. The scenery will be breathtaking, the experiences engaging, and the possibilities for adventure endless. We were drawn to Canada’s Banff and Jasper National Parks by the promise of some …

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