Inside Europe | 02.08.2008 | 07:05
A visit to Venice’s Kosher Hotel
A Venetian hotel is now attempting to turn the tide to deliver special services for Jewish tourists.The charm of Venice’s canals means a hotel room with a canal view is high on the list of priorities for visiting tourists. The sound of water lapping by the window or hearing the banter of gondoliers plying the city’s waterways will always have its romantic appeal. Yet for one group of visitors, Venice hasn’t always been so welcoming or charming.
Reporter Nancy Greenleese
Jewish Life in Chemnitz
The German city of Chemnitz in the state of Saxony has been making headlines recently as the birthplace of Germany's first Kosher beer. Called "Simcha," it was created by the brothers Lars-Ariel and Uwe Dziuballa. While the two Jewish restaurant owners are pleased with the sudden media interest, they are also disappointed that the issue of Jewish integration is of less public interest than beer. The brothers say that while beer might be normal to Germans, Jewish life is less so.
1 (of food or places where food is sold etc.) prepared or kept in conditions that follow the rules of Jewish law:
a kosher restaurant/butcher/shop
2 INFORMAL HUMOROUS legal, able to be trusted and therefore good:
Their business activities aren't quite kosher.
lap (HIT GENTLY)
verb [I or T] -pp-
(of waves) to hit something gently, producing quiet sounds:
The water lapped against the side of the pool.
The waves gently lapped the shore.
One who propels a gondola.
[French, from Italian gondoliere, from gondola, gondola. See gondola.]
A gòndola is a traditional Venetian sculling boat. Gondolas were for centuries the chief means of transportation within Venice and still have a role in public transport, serving as traghètti (ferries) over major canals.
Wikipedia article "Gondola".