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    From Sofia to Salonika:

    Jewish Gems of the Balkans

    May 3—14, 2017

    For more than 500 years, Sephardic culture—songs, cuisine, Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish), customs, and folklore—defined the Jewish communities of Greece, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. Reserve your place now to join this extraordinary trip and explore this rich history! You will visit fascinating sites of interest and learn about the captivating Jewish heritage of these three jewels of the Balkans.



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The itinerary is meticulously planned, the accompanying scholars and local guides are truly knowledgeable…”

—Ruthe and Ron G.

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Jews have lived in the Balkans since Roman times—with the largest numbers being Sephardic Jews, who arrived from Spain following the expulsion in 1492. Visit fascinating sites of interest, learn about the rich Jewish heritage of these three jewels of the Balkans, and meet leaders of the local Jewish communities. Led by Aryeh Maidenbaum and accompanying scholar Joseph Benatov, whose research has focused on the history of Jewish life in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Salonika, we will enjoy deluxe accommodations throughout the trip.


Lithuanian Jews, also called Litvaks, were among the most influential scholars, energetic businessmen, and skilled professionals in Europe prior to WWII. In Lithuania, Jewish secular and religious institutions flourished. With more than 100 synagogues, …


Culturally, historically and spiritually, Italian Jewry is unique —considered neither Sephardi nor Ashkenazi. The Jews of Italy, who have lived there since the destruction of the Second Temple, have always had their own distinct culture, religious rite …


Before World War II, Poland’s three million Jews represented one of the largest and most influential Jewish communities in the World.  Poland’s diverse Jewish community included Hasidim, secular Jewish intellectuals, Yiddish writers, Zionists, and Soci …


Ireland, blessed with a magnificent landscape, is a country that is rich in spirit and history. It encompasses legends, Celtic myth and music and layer upon layer of different cultures. While Jewish settlers in Ireland are known to date back to the 12t …