Yoram Bilu is a professor emeritus of anthropology and psychology at the Hebrew University. His research interests include the anthropology of religion (focusing on saint worship, messianism, and religious healing), culture and mental health, the sanctification of space in Israel, and Moroccan Jewish culture.
We make sure that each Jewish Heritage Travel journey provides you with an experience that is memorable. Our programs combine an exploration of Jewish history and culture; outstanding, dynamic scholars; important local sites of interest; striking countryside; deluxe accommodations; and the company of like-minded travelers. From the places you will visit, to the places you will sleep, from our experienced guides to our knowledgable scholars, we create an atmosphere of ease and camaraderie combined with in-depth educational content.
Dr. Maidenbaum will tell you that, “Jewish Heritage Travel programs are really learning vacations designed with content and comfort in mind.” Carefully chosen scholars and local experts create a vibrant tapestry that bring to life the historic, Jewish, and cultural experience in the countries and cities we visit. We stay at deluxe hotels, with fine amenities, see important sites of interest and enjoy the company of like-minded travelers along the way.
That is when our friendly and experienced staff, Jo Fisher and Sally Smith-Raymond, will offer to help you with your travel arrangements and make sure that your travel needs are attended to. Through out the program your leader, guide, and the staff back at home are on the ready to make sure everything goes smoothly.
There are vacations, and then there are journeys…trips so unforgettable, you’ll be talking about them for years to come. We believe the programs we offer are just that. Come join us!
Dr. Aryeh Maidenbaum, director of Jewish Heritage Travel, has been organizing educational travel programs for over 25 years. Supported by his superb staff and in consultation with leading scholars, he researches, designs, and plans each learning vacation to offer thought-provoking and illuminating historical and cultural content through travel arrangements that provide fully for your comfort.
Jo Fisher has been working with and assisting Dr. Maidenbaum in designing, organizing, and leading educational travel programs for over 20 years. With degrees in education and art, and a strong background in event planning, Jo’s research, planning, and site visits insure our itineraries combine a focus on content with the comfort and deluxe accommodations our participants have come to expect. Additionally, her help in coordinating and personalizing their own, individual travel plans has made travel seem seamless and personally meaningful for our many participants.
Ivan de Beer is originally from New Zealand where he studied Marine Science and became a certified Dive Instructor. He has travelled extensively for most of his life, living in Asia, Europe and now the USA. Ivan has worked in the travel and hospitality sector for many years and as a result places great importance on customer service. Ivan has a varied interest in culture and the arts and enjoys traveling with his family.
With her expertise in management and public relations, Sally Smith-Raymond has played an important role in our office for over 16 years. A bank manager for 17 years before she joined our firm, her record keeping and accounting add a personal touch to our team effort of custom-oriented travel. Additionally, while specializing in the processing of our participants’ visa applications for travel to Cuba, Sally has assisted Dr. Maidenbaum on leading trips to various destinations — including Cuba, Krakow, Prague, Berlin, and Ireland.
Karen Fisher worked in the field of early childhood education for over thirty years. During the course of her career, in addition to working in a classroom setting, Karen focused on developing her skills in the field of childhood development. Drawing on her educational background of creating developmentally appropriate programs for elementary school students, Karen worked in a local school district for over 18 years before joining our team at Jewish Heritage Travel.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Anchoring the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Museum of Jewish Heritage completes the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Since 1997, the Museum of Jewish Heritage has welcomed more than two million visitors; it maintains a collection of 30,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 400-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
For more information, visit the museum’s website.