About Us

We are dedicated to making your experience rich in content and superior in comfort.

This unique travel program combines the expertise and resources of two organizations that cherish the traditions, achievements, and faith of Jewish communities – past and present – around the world. Jewish Heritage Travel and the Museum of Jewish Heritage are delighted to have the opportunity to share this rich, varied, and poignant history and culture with you on these select trips. We look forward to traveling with you.

Every step of the way…

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.

Experienced, quality leadership all along the way.

Dr. Aryeh Maidenbaum has been organizing and leading educational travel programs for over 25 years. For the past 15 years his focus has been on Jewish-oriented travel. The breadth and depth of his knowledge provide the direction that he and his staff use as they collaborate to conceive, research, and implement every aspect of each trip.

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.

Your trip begins when you register.

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.

—Barbara and Gary D.

All of the trips that we have taken with Dr. Aryeh Maidenbaum have been the most culturally and historically enriching trips that we have ever experienced. From the selection of cities, to the scholars traveling with us, to the local guides, to the choice of hotels, to the seamless schedule….these have truly been “trips of a lifetime”. Aryeh’s organizational skills and advance planning have resulted in hassle-free, stress-free travels. In this realm he has been aided by an extremely competent staff (Jo and Sally) who have gone the extra mile to ensure that we would be comfortable. Finally, Aryeh’s warm and inclusive personality makes everyone who knows him want to travel with him again (and again!).

We invite you to join us.

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!

Meet the staff

Dr. Aryeh Maidenbaum, PhD.

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 Jewish Heritage Travel Staff | jhtravel.orgJo Fisher

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.

Jo Fisher Jewish Heritage Travel Staff | jhtravel.orgIvan de Beer

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.

Sally Raymond Jewish Heritage Travel Staff | jhtravel.orgSally Smith-Raymond

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

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.


Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC

About the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

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.