There is no specific date that marks the beginning of Jewish immigration to Poland, yet it is pegged somewhere around the 10th century. By the middle of the 16th century, it was estimated that almost 80% of the world Jewry had made Poland their home as Jews from all over Europe sought refuge from persecution. Religious life thrived and the Jews of Poland left an indelible mark on Judaism as a whole.
During the Nazi reign of terror, the Jews were subjected to a level of suffering unknown to mankind. After WW II, Jewish survivors were faced with the challenge of trying to reconstruct their lives in a Poland where Jewish life had ceased to exist or to try and create new lives elsewhere.
The origin and history of the Jews in China is a fascinating story. Archaeological evidence suggests that a Jewish presence in China was evident as early as the 7th or 8th century. By the 19th and early 20th centuries Jewish immigrants from Bombay, Baghdad, Russia and Europe made their way to this historic land once again dispersing, settling and establishing communities that once flourished. Travelers can expect to experience some of the major sites in China, with a focus on Jewish history and culture along the way.
This journey encompasses an incredible mix of historical and religious treasures with several of the cities visited having encountered the terror of the Nazis. In every locale we visit not only the highlights of the cities, but have also taken the time to weave Jewish points of interest into the program.
You will have the opportunity to experience not only the different cultures and different cuisines, but you are also able to appreciate and celebrate the rich Jewish heritage that binds us all together.
This 10-day tour offers the traveler an in-depth view of Jewish culture and history in Poland, starting in Warsaw and touring through key sites in Lodz, Krakow and Wroclaw. The journey ends in the Czech Republic with visits to places of interest in Prague and Terezin.
A visit to Romania is a unique journey into one of the best preserved countries in Eastern and Central Europe for its scores of well mainted synagogues and cemeteries in use by the Jewish communities. Being the homeland of Nobel Prize winner author Elie Wiesel and the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chasidic movement, visitors will find poignant reminders of ROmania’s Jewish heritage and Jewish roots in nearly every village and town.
Famous for diamonds, gold mines and breathtaking scenery, Jewish immigrants from Holland and Germany began arriving in South Africa in the early 19th century and played an important part in the diamond and precious stones industry. Later on many South Africa Jews were staunch supporters of the anti-apartheid movement. The Jewish population of South Africa can be found mainly in five urban areas – Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.
Jews in South America are a small though distinct ethnic and religious minority. The major influx of Jews to South America came in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s from the Middle East and Europe, and settled in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. On this tour you will learn about the history of these Jewish communities while visiting some of the major sites in these three countries.
The history of the Jews in Spain and Portugal dates back to the Roman Period; and according to historical documents, there has been a Jewish presence in Gibraltar since 1356. Like in so many other places in Europe, the history of the Jewry in these countries combines success and sadness.
This 13-day tour starts in Madrid and visits key cities including Lisbon, Porto, Seville and Gibraltar, with a focus on Jewish history along the way.
On this 11-day tour you will gain insight into the cultural legacy and poignant past of Jewish communities in Vienna, Budapest and Prague. Visit sites of significance in Jewish history that offer the traveler an opportunity to learn, remember and reflect.
A perfect introduction to the sophistication of and culture of these fascinating cities.
Warsaw, a city that never ceases to amaze its visitors where elements of Eastern and Western culture are interwoven.
Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland is highly acclaimed for its incredible architectural monuments.
Budapest, a huge metropolis that treasures the old yet embraces the new.
Prague, the historical capital of Bohemia proper is a magical city of bridges, gold tipped towers and church domes.
And finally Vienna, the former home of the Habsburgs, the waltz, sachertorte and a true imperial capital.
This unique tour of Budapest, Transylvania and Bucharest highlights UNESCO recognized sites together with poignant reminders of Romania’s Jewish cultural life. A chance to rediscover your Romanian heritage.