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. Aryeh Maidenbaum leads each program. He 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.
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 is Founder and Director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies. He received his Doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G.Jung Institute in Zurich.
Formerly on the faculty of NYU for over 18 years, he is a contributing author to “Current Theories of Psychoanalysis,” edited by Dr. Robert Langs. Author of several articles in scholarly journals, and editor of two books, among his publications are “The Search for Spirit in Jungian Psychology,” Lingering Shadows: Jungians, Freudians and Anti-Semitism and Jung and the Shadow of Anti-Semitism.
Dr. Maidenbaum has a strong background in the fields of History, Psychology, and Jewish Studies, and over 25 years of experience in organizing and leading educational travel programs — both for mental health professionals and trips focusing on Jewish heritage, history and culture.
Jo Fisher has been working with and assisting Dr. Maidenbaum in designing, organizing, and leading educational travel programs for over 16 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.
With her expertise in management and public relations, Sally Smith-Raymond has played an important role in our office for over 12 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.
Francesca Hoffman has over a decade of experience in customer service, hospitality and travel. A former travel agent, Francesca possesses strong communication skills, a sharp eye for details and a passion for logistics and trip planning. Francesca shares our love of travel and has traveled to over 35 countries on five continents. A recent member of the team, Francesca manages our marketing department and assists with trip coordination across the board.
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.