New guide opens up a new Holy City
COMPREHENSIVE new guide to Jerusalem, published by backpacker friendly Rough Guide may prove as useful to anyone visiting Jerusalem for the 10th time as well as those going for the first time. Efficiently researched by author Daniel Jacobs, it is studded with facts and information that allows readers to discover the less tourist-trodden areas, as well as to find obscure and eclectic museums and places to eat and sip a cocktail. The cultural and security information is appealingly accurate, and the author’ s awareness that — due to Jerusalem’s limited size — most visitors will incorporate other centres, means there are good sections on Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea. The Rough Guide to Jerusalem costs £12.99 and is in bookshops now (www.roughguides.com). KOSHER DINERS heading for the Costa del Sol will be happy to hear that the now quite chic Torremolinos has a new (kind of) kosher restaurant. Reopened in new premises in Plaza Gamba Alegra — just off the charming Casile San Migues — its official name is Eithans, though my local spy, Stanley Lerner, tells me it is known locally as Mollies. Serving meat dishes, it is open from Sunday to Thursday for lunch and dinner, and Friday for lunch only (00 34 952 05 30 64). FANS OF Barcelona have a new excuse to revisit: a new hotel, down on Nova Bocana, at the start of the glamorous Barceloneta beach boardwalk. A member of Starwood’s W Hotels brand, the 26-storey, sail-shaped property sits perpendicular to the new dock and Port Vell, with stunning sea and city views from most of the 473 guest rooms. It features Spain’s first Bliss Spa; a signature restaurant by Michelin-starred Catalan chef, Carles Abellan, a rooftop bar, fitness facility and direct access to the beach. To celebrate its debut, the hotel is offering an opening rate of €249 (£227) per night for a double room, including a welcome cocktail, breakfast, complimentary appetiser or dessert with dinner, upgrade and other goodies. Offer valid until February 27 (www.whotels.com). IT’S CERTAINLY a long way to go for a couple of days, but if you are heading to the US in late November, there is an opportunity for Beatles fans who also like to keep kosher to indulge their passion in Stamford, Connecticut. Charles Rosenay, of Kismet Travel, well known Stateside for his Club Kosher glatt kosher vacations, is to present BEATexpo 2009, a convention for Beatles fans on November 29 at Stamford’s Holiday Inn. The event will feature pre-show concerts on November 28 by tribute bands; a rock and roll flea market/ memorabilia marketplace; rare video shows; special exhibits and displays and an auction. Among the guests is Sid Bernstein, now 91, the legendary Jewish promoter who took The Beatles to America, Peter Tork of The Monkees, Greg Hawkes from The Cars and Dennis Ferrante, John Lennon’s recording engineer (www.ToursAndEvents.com/ BEATexpo.htm; 001 203 795-4737; LiverpoolTours@aol.com). MALCOLM Green of Kosher Services Worldwide, and the third generation of the Green family in the kosher catering business, is to mark the 90th anniversary of the dynasty in 2010, with two kosher holiday ventrues: in summer, he is taking over a hotel near Padua ( pictured), Italy, for a kosher summer season and is also running a 10-day kosher trip to Ireland (00 972 9 8626442; email@example.com). FOR THOSE with young children, or who simply prefer the idea of a holiday apartment rather than a hotel, a new website entitled www.israelvacationhomes. com, is offering holiday apartment lets in Herzliya Pituach. All apartments have pools, air-con and on-site laundry facilities.