The rain, intermittent all day, had turned into a cold, relentless downpour by nightfall, accompanied by a wind strong enough to turn umbrellas into missiles. No way could we follow our plan of walking uptown to 59th and then west along Central Park South, crossing over (if traffic allowed) when […]
Articles written by: Myrna Katz Frommer
It was the night after Valentine’s Day, the mid-point of Fashion Week, and stars were falling all over Manhattan. We exited the elevator onto level two of the Setai Hotel, where a bevy of long-legged beauties and their entourage were waiting to be seated. Soon after, we were escorted to […]
The herb tulsi has been revered in India for over 5,000 years as a healer of the body, mind, and spirit. In more recent times, its many beneficial results, among them improved digestion and increased antioxidants, have received the stamp of scientific proof. And the name, translated into English as […]
There is a Frenchman at the helm of the Sheraton Tel Aviv, and he fits it (to coin a cliché) like a glove. The elegant Jean-Louis Ripoche was born in Paris, his family comes from the Loire Valley, and he brings to the property an élan and savoir faire bred […]
It was a bright and beautiful Wednesday in August 2001, the afternoon of our first day in Istanbul We emerged from the Divan Hotel into a high-end neighborhood of late 20th century buildings and crossed a wide boulevard teeming with traffic. On the opposite side, in a municipal park the […]
The economy in free fall. The international situation precarious. Faith in elected representatives seemingly at an all-time low. As we pulled up before the Jefferson Hotel , we mused on the eponymous figure for whom it is named. What would he and the other Founders make of the current political situation?
…one day, when Paolo, by then the Excelsior’s general manager, received a phone call from the Israeli ambassador, he was at a loss to understand. “The ambassador wondered whether I could arrange for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pass through Titus’s Arch in the Roman Forum. It was after hours; all the buildings and monuments were closed. It was such a strange request. Nevertheless, I quickly arranged for the visit.”
In 1994, when Catherine Lehmann and her fiancé were planning their wedding, everyone expected them to select the modern synagogue in Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace famed for its university and great cathedral. For untold generations her family lived in the Alsatian region which has alternately belonged to France and Germany
The limestone towers of Segovia rise from behind a medieval wall, a radiant skyline overlooking the dramatic vistas of the Castille y Leon Province of central Spain. Set on a rocky hill between two river valleys, the ancient city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“I am the last Jew in all of the Azores,” says Jorge Delmar. He is a stocky man in his early fifties who runs an import/export business in Ponta Delgada, the capital city of Sao Miguel, largest of the nine islands that comprise the Portuguese archipelago. “Thirty years ago, there were sixteen Jewish families on this island…