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Articles written by Rhonda Levin Des Islets


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  • Spending Rosh Hashanah in Europe

    Rhonda Levin Des Islets, First Person|Sep 15, 2017

    As we are in the midst of the Jewish High Holidays, I can't help but remember where my husband and I were last year at this time. We had embarked on a Gate 1 Travel guided tour of Central and Eastern Europe visiting four countries. This trip began in Budapest, Hungary, then we traveled by bus to Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; and ended in Berlin, Germany. From there we added a week on our own in Paris. In my usual fashion, I made it a point to visit the Jewish communities, former...

  • My Shabbat weekend in the Heights

    Rhonda Levin Des Islets|Jun 9, 2017

    Throughout my life, I have traveled to New York to visit relatives or go to the theater, but there was a borough that I had always wanted to visit my parents or travels had never taken me. I had always heard about the Chasidic Jews and the Yeshivas in Brooklyn where the rabbis get their education, and all my life I wanted to visit these Jewish neighborhoods to see how they live. When my friends mentioned that they were going with The Chabad of North Orlando for a weekend in Crown Heights...

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