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Discover the healing power of expressing gratitude

Six months ago, when Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, it is likely that most of us acknowledged the blessings of a good life. At the midway mark, I ask you, how often have you expressed gratitude since then? According to a 2011 Harvard Mental Health Letter, people who routinely express gratitude sleep better, go to the doctor less often and show less depressive symptoms. It is amazing how many positive correlates there are to gratitude. So many, in fact, that you’d think we’d all be chasing after it all the time. So why aren’t we?

Thursday 06/01/2017
Exploring Arizona’s treasures, even during summer months
Posted: June 01, 2017

Take a historical tour

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
Exploring the largest synagogue in Europe: the Dohány Street synagogue in Budapest
Posted: May 10, 2017

Budapest greeted me with a gorgeous sunset as I woke up, ready to explore the beautiful Hungarian capital and its historical Jewish Quarter.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Holocaust survivors’ grandchildren, equipped with vast archive, keep stories alive
Posted: May 03, 2017

Beckah Restivo is glad she attended college in Washington, D.C. One of the primary reasons is George Washington University’s proximity to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where her fascination with Holocaust history blossomed.

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Monday 04/10/2017
Acclaimed violinist and his family to perform at Beth Ami Temple
Posted: April 10, 2017

Music, not words, is how Lan Qui expresses a love of God that transcends all faiths.

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Only Jewish museum in Arab world celebrates 20th anniversary
Posted: April 10, 2017

W    henever we travel, my wife, Stephanie, always makes sure we seek out Jewish historical sites to explore and study. She retired as history teacher, but never let her thirst for knowledge run dry. An old synagogue in Berlin. The Jewish quarter in Prague (on Passover no less). She always knows just where to look.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Baby boomers, undeterred, will travel often in 2017
Posted: February 01, 2017

Everyone loves a vacation and, according to data collected by AARP, most baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – said they will take at least one vacation in 2017, and on average, five.

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Vegan Birthright trip takes flight in August
Posted: February 01, 2017

For the first time in its nearly two-decade long history of sending young Jewish adults to Israel for a free 10-day immersive cultural experience, Birthright Israel: Mayanot will be offering a trip specializing in the vegan diet and lifestyle.

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
Exploring Germany close up
Posted: November 23, 2016

I was alone walking around town on my first day in Berlin. Will anyone be willing to help me out if I get lost? Would there be a harshness to the people I encountered? Will anyone have a sense of humor? Would I see swastikas on the walls of buildings?

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