The best way to teach your children about the Hebrew Calendar

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Jul 3, 2017 11:39:07 AM

 The Hebrew calendar is like a window into the Jewish way of life. The pillars of the calendar are the high holidays, the building blocks are the days, marked by daily commandments upon every Jewish man and woman to comply with, and the weeks, marked by the Sabbath. Teaching your children about the Jewish calendar is a way to teach them about the Jewish way of life.

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Topics: Jewish Heritage

10 practical ways to lead a Jewish life in America

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Jun 25, 2017 2:22:39 PM

Jewish life in America has thrived, particularly since the influx of Jewish immigrants in the late 19th century, has thrived and remains an important part of the American fabric.  These large and established communities created all of the necessary infrastructure to be able to lead a Jewish life in America from Jewish day schools to synagogues to non-profit organizations to kosher supermarkets and more.

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Topics: Jewish Heritage, Jewish Heritage History

Jewish Tourism Highlight: Sahar Hassamain Synagogue

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Jul 26, 2016 10:21:25 AM

What's truly unique about Jewish tourism is the common thread of faith that colors each destination. Judaism, although prevalent in many cultures, has not always been an accepted faith in many global settings. Take, for example, the Jewish presence in Portugal. Its oldest synagogue dates back to 1836, but unfortunately, it hadn’t been utilized for years until its recent refurbishment. Luckily, a Massachusetts synagogue identified the importance of maintaining the presence of Jewish faith in the Ponta Delgada, Portugal.

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Topics: Jewish Heritage, Uncategorized

Jewish Explorations Launches 2016 Study Tours

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Oct 29, 2015 10:17:39 AM

Discover Jewish Civilization Around the Globe

JEWISH EXPLORATIONS is now offering an array of exciting educational travel programs in collaboration with us, the Gil Travel Group headquartered in Philadelphia.  As a leader in Jewish travel to Israel and worldwide, we're excited to work on these Scholar-Led Jewish Study Tours. Our first tour will depart in March 2016. Keep reading for more information and the complete roster of 2016 tours.

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Topics: Academic Tour, Active Tours, group travel, Jewish Explorations, Jewish Heritage, Jewish History, Jewish Study Tours, Scholar-Led Study Tours, Study Tours, Worldwide Jewish Heritage

A Culinary Experience of Israel

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Aug 19, 2015 3:29:26 PM

by Jackie Sayet

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Topics: Culinary, food, foodies, guest blog, Guest Blogger, Jewish Heritage, Tel Aviv, thoughts of a traveler

Introducing New Jewish Tours with Scholars

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Aug 3, 2015 9:15:49 AM

We at Gil Travel Group are very proud and excited to announce our upcoming collaboration with Adult Jewish Learning Programs in Princeton, NJ to offer the Jewishly-engaged sophisticated traveler a new option in worldwide education travel.

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Topics: Active Tours, Arts and Culture, Jewish Heritage, Organization, Scholar Tours, Worldwide Jewish Heritage

Jewish Heritage and History of Berlin

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Jul 7, 2015 9:15:53 AM

Overview of Jews in Berlin

The history of Berlin links closely with the history of the Jews. In fact, it was founded when the Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm I, in 1671, commanded 50 of the Jewish families expelled from Vienna to settle in Berlin. Today, Jews are once again weaving into the life and times of Berlin, but the heritage sites of Jewish past still remain significant in the history of the community.

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Topics: Arts and Culture, Europe, Family Tours, Jewish Heritage, Maccabi Games, Worldwide Jewish Heritage

2015 Maccabi Games Berlin: Keeping in Touch with Jewish Roots

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Jun 3, 2015 9:32:03 AM

A desire, a dream, a vision: those who have been in competitive sports can tell you what champions are made of. So there couldn’t be a better way than The Maccabi Games to allow athletes to attain this. It is also an opportunity to connect with each other, and their Jewish identity. These Games give the participants and observers a delightful mix of sports competition and cultural heritage. It’s a great feeling to cheer on an athlete going for the gold while at the same time, making memories for a lifetime.

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Topics: Active Tours, Arts and Culture, Custom Programs, Europe, Family Tours, Jewish Heritage, Maccabi Games

A Taste of Israel: MachneYuda and Chef Assaf Granit

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

May 23, 2015 11:57:54 AM

[su_quote]For starters, I will take a sashimi passion fruit with pickled kohlrabi and tobiko; I will have the fillet mignon with yogurt pesto, and beet mashed potatoes as my entrée. For dessert, you might as well add in the tiramisu with pistachio cookies & cream.[/su_quote]The featured image above is just a glimpse of the mouthwatering items offered by the iconic MachneYuda restaurant in Jerusalem.  At MachneYuda, Chef Assaf Granit has taken the restaurant scene in Jerusalem to another level. Assaf Granit was born and raised in Jerusalem and is notable for being the winner of Israel’s Iron Chef. Internationally versed in his art, Chef Granit has become unstoppable.  He combines his culinary innovation with the heart of Jerusalem cuisine making it almost impossible to get a reservation at MachneYuda unless made weeks prior.

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Topics: Arts and Culture, Culinary, foodies, Jewish Heritage

Berlin to Host the 2015 European Maccabi Games

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

May 15, 2015 10:03:31 AM

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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Topics: Arts and Culture, Jewish Heritage, Maccabi Games

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