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Rabbi Sacks Attacking PM, Multiculturalism

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Britain’s chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, is blaming British Prime Minister David Cameron for failing to do enough to boost marriages in the UK, and saying multiculturalism in Britain has “had its day,” The Times reported.

Rabbi Sacks said Cameron should recognize marriage in the tax system and do more to support stay at home mothers.

“I think the government has not done enough,” he said. “Although I don’t take a political stance … I don’t think the government has done enough at all.”

Rabbi Sacks, who retires next month after 22 years, said the estimated £9 billion-a-year cost of family breakdown and “non-marriage” meant the state has a direct interest in promoting marriage.

Rabbi Sacks also said multiculturalism in Britain had led to “segregation and inward-looking communities.”

Comparing it to a hotel where “nobody is at home,” he said: “It doesn’t belong to anyone, we’ve each got our own room and so long as we don’t disturb the neighbors we can do whatever we like.”

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Building Its First Hotel

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Ben Gurion Airport finally will join most other major international airports by having a hotel for travelers.

The Israel Airports Authority has approved construction for a hotel on land adjacent to the airport’s Terminal 3, where almost all international passengers arrive.

The hotel will allow direct access to the passenger hall and terminal and will cater to businesspeople who arrive in Israel for short visits to participate in conferences or events, the Airport Authority said.

‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Found Dead in Hotel

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Cory Monteith (31), who plays Finn Hudson in the popular TV series ‘Glee’ was found dead in a Vancouver hotel on Saturday.

Monteith played opposite Lea Michele in the series, and the two were also dating. Lea Michele plays the Jewish character Rachel Berry in the series.

No foul play is suspected at this time, nor is the cause of death currently known.

Monteith had previously been in rehab for a substance abuse problem.

 

New Passover Vacation Trend: Rent a Resort Home and Hire a Chef

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Approximately 60,000 Americans and Canadians will spend more than $200 million this Passover, and many of those with enough money are hiring a chef to cook for them in rented private homes in resorts, Kosher Today reported.

Scottsdale, Arizona’s Biltmore is sold out with nearly 1,000 guests coming next week, while many other Americans will celebrate the freedom from slavery at resorts and hotels in Europe and in Israel.

Jay Buchsbaum of Kedem told Kosher Today that more people are demanding not only better foods but also upscale wines. “They no longer are solidified with the Kiddush and sweet wines; they want cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cognac and champagne.” he said.

Passover On The Beach In Palm Beach

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Passover Resorts, which hosted Passover for 13 years at the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach and a couple of years at Loews South Beach, is back in South Florida at the spectacular Omphoy Ocean Resort & Spa on the beach in Palm Beach. This spectacular luxury hotel has 128 rooms and all are dedicated to Passover 2013.

The sand beach features an array of water sports including wind surfing, kayaks, sailboats, wave runners, canoes, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, yacht rentals and two sand volleyball courts. The award-winning spa has a full selection of beauty treatments and massage options and separate men and women’s saunas and dressing rooms. The 24-hour fitness center has classes and trainers available. The infinity pool and the beach have lounge chairs with umbrellas and attendants. The resort is close to three golf courses, shopping (including the famous Worth Avenue shops) and unique sightseeing and tour opportunities.

Passover Resorts is famous for its 20 years of success in hosting incredible Passover programs. Guests are treated like royalty by a caring, warm and experienced staff that creates a festive fun-filled kosher vacation. The program maintains an onsite synagogue for daily services. Seders are elegant and meaningful. Menus are designed to delight every palate from gourmet to traditional and include requirements for special diets and children. Meals are glatt kosher.

The program includes enlightening rabbis and speakers. Guests are treated to exciting family entertainment with comedians, Jewish and Israeli vocalists, illusionists, hypnotists and many surprises. Preschool, day camp and teen programs will keep the kids busy and happy and assure the adults a real vacation. Wi-Fi and valet parking are complimentary.

Passover package rates begin as low as $3,800 ppdo + tax. Inquire about the early bird special with kids 12 and under free if they are in the same room as two adults or two teens for the full program.

Visit www.PassoverResorts.com to see photos and more information about the resort or call 1-800-PASSOVER (1-800-727-7683).

UPDATE (2): Anti-Terror Unit Kills American who Shot and Killed a Man in Eilat

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Second update from Benjamin Rutland, Spokesperson to the Foreign and English Language Media, The Jewish Agency for Israel::

In response to the tragic incident in Eilat, the Chairperson of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of life and has appointed a panel to examine the processes by which the American participant was accepted to the Oranim program in Eilat.

The Oranim program is one of 200 long term programs which are funded by Masa Israel, a joint project of the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Since 2003, over 70,000 young Jews from around the world have participated in Masa programs, which include volunteer work, study and internships.

Update from Benjamin Rutland, Spokesperson to the Foreign and English Language Media, The Jewish Agency for Israel:

The shooter in the incident which took place in Eilat today was a 23 year old from New York. He arrived in Israel two months ago and was participating in a program in Israel which is supported by the Jewish Agency. The program’s staff is in contact with the Israel Police.

A tourist in the southern Israeli city of Eilat on Friday morning overcame a Leonardo hotel security officer, grabbed his weapon and fired at another hotel employee and killed him. The armed man then holed up (according to a report, with several hostages) inside the hotel and refused to talk to police.

According to police, the shooter was drunk. According to a report in Walla, the shooter was fired from his job at the hotel kitchen a few days ago.

Police and IDF forces that arrived quickly at the scene began searching for the shooter’s exact location, and an anti-terror unit confronted the man and killed him (with no injury to the hostages, if there were any).

The entire incident lasted one hour.

Fearing Vandalism, Eilat Hotels Refuse Guests Under Age 21, IDF Soldiers Included

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Tourism experts say the decision of some Israeli hotels to bar young people under age 21, including soldiers, from staying, was born by multiple cases of hotel room vandalism, especially in Eilat, the young people’s favorite resort, Globes reports.

A Globes reporter recorded (clandestinely) sales representatives at the reservation centers of the Club Hotel and C-Hotel chains, who said that young men under 21 are not allowed to stay in any of their hotels, blaming it on “Rules of the chain.”

Those same representatives were unable to explain why an IDF soldier is good enough to serve his or her country but not good enough to stay at their hotels.

Chairman of the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS) Avigdor Kahalani told Globes: “We are surprised and shocked to hear that there are hotels which do not host IDF soldiers. We hope these procedures will be changed. We invite the soldiers to stay at any of the AWIS facilities scattered all over the country.”

It appears that the damage these hotels have been sustaining from young, exuberant Israelis outweighs the PR disaster the decision to bar even enlisted soldiers is sure to cause.

According to Globes, luxury hotel chains such as Dan and Isrotel have placed no such limits on the age of their guests, including in their prestigious outlets, Dan Eilat and Royal Beach, Eilat. The reason is the high price, which acts as a natural selector, keeping up the middle-income youngster who, apparently, is more likely to break stuff.

Unless the young guests at those super-luxurious hotels belong to a rock band…

Ronnie Pivko, CEO of the Club Hotel chain, said in response: “I feel the pain of the soldiers who want and are not allowed to stay with us, but the damage outweighs the pain. We had to draw some kind of line, and, if you ask me, we should have raised the age limit to 24 this line, because these guys don’t stop going wild even at 24.”

Which should have placed the age limit at 25, much like cheaper car insurance.

Pivko said he is working, in his capacity as acting president of the Israel Hotel Association, a blacklist, which will include the names of both young and old guests with a troubled past in Israeli hotels.

“The list will be distributed to all the hotels in Eilat, where most of the problem exists, and those problem guests will not be allowed in,” said Pivko. “I plan to raise the blacklist for discussion at the next meeting of the Association.”

The Club Hotel chain runs two hotels in Eilat and one in Tiberias.

Or Bareket, VP of marketing for C-Hotel, emphasized that young people accompanied by their parents are, of course, always welcome.

She also said that her hotel chain hosts many lonely IDF soldiers on holidays, and support many other FIDF programs.

“Unfortunately, we have received numerous complaints about inappropriate behavior of young people in our hotels,” she said.

C-Hotels runs five hotels in Israel, one of them in Eilat.

New Hampshire’s Jew Pond Officially Renamed

Monday, September 10th, 2012

A federal board changed the name of a pond in a small New Hampshire town from Jew Pond to Carleton Pond.

The name change by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names comes six months after Mont Vernon residents voted for a name change. The new name honors one of the town’s founding families.

Richard Masters, the town’s health officer, had called for the change two years ago, saying the name was disrespectful and offensive. Masters had learned of the official name of the recreational water hole while investigating an algae bloom on the pond.

The body of water had been known as Jew Pond since the 1920s, though there are no signs to that effect. The name, however, does appear on maps.

Dug near a hotel and golf complex, the manmade pond originally was called Spring Pond, but reportedly became known as Jew Pond after two Jewish businessmen bought the hotel and its grounds. They intended to make the pond bigger and call it Lake Serene, according to The Associated Press.

The pond is now located in Carleton Park on land donated by George Carleton.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/new-hampshires-jew-pond-officially-renamed-2/2012/09/10/

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