The Jewish Museum Travel Program

The Jewish Museum Travel Program The Jewish Museum Travel Program offers members unique opportunities to learn about art and Jewish culture in communities around the world. The Jewish Museum’s Travel Program provides unique opportunities to travel the globe and explore Jewish culture, art, and heritage alongside historical and secular destinations.

The rich history of the Jewish people is brought to life by local or accompanying scholars. Each trip is truly a “group” experience: collegial and cooperative. The programs we offer provide an exciting opportunity to engage with other Jewish Museum members as well as the surrounding landscape.

Mission: Travel program participants enjoy: • Itineraries focusing on art and Jewish culture in communities around the globe • Scholars who bring the rich history of the Jewish people to life • Highly knowledgeable guides in each city visited • Gourmet meals that delight even the most discriminating palate • Luxurious accommodations that offer the pampering you crave after a day of exploration and discovery. • …and much, much more!

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The Jewish Museum Travel Program
08/18/2015

The Jewish Museum Travel Program

Hello JM Travelers! In a small Portuguese town, ancient stones tell the story of the Jewish community that was once hous...
12/09/2014
Esra Magazine - Portugal’s Talking Stones

Hello JM Travelers!

In a small Portuguese town, ancient stones tell the story of the Jewish community that was once housed by them. Read this article to discover the subtle yet courageous ways that the Jews of Portugal resisted the inquisition and attempted to maintain their Jewish heritage.

Our upcoming trip – Portugal: Secret Jews and Art – will delve deeper into the fascinating history of the Jews of Portugal.

For a complete itinerary of this trip, visit:
http://thejewishmuseum.org/uploads/support_travel_pdfs/travel-guide-portugal.pdf

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Hello JM Travelers! We are excited to offer a domestic excursion to Detroit this summer! Discover the world of Albert Ka...
11/07/2014

Hello JM Travelers!

We are excited to offer a domestic excursion to Detroit this summer!

Discover the world of Albert Kahn, “the Architect of Detroit.” Kahn's innovations revolutionized industrial construction. Today, twelve of his buildings are official Michigan historical landmarks, many of which will be featured during the Museum’s travel program, “Detroit: Jewish Culture, Art &Architecture”

(Did you know?! Kahn’s father was an ordained Rabbi!)

http://michiganradio.org/post/albert-kahn-architect-detroit

Hello JM Travelers! We have an exciting travel program for you over the next year including a trip to Portugal. Did you ...
10/14/2014
Discovering Louisa May Alcott's Jewish History on Portuguese Tour

Hello JM Travelers! We have an exciting travel program for you over the next year including a trip to Portugal.

Did you know that Little Women’s author Louisa May Alcott had Sephardi roots? Discover the history of families like hers during the Museum’s travel program, “Portugal: Secret Jews and Art.”


http://forward.com/articles/177159/discovering-louisa-may-alcotts-jewish-history-on-p/?p=all#ixzz3FTXiWocG

Check back with us later this fall for a complete itinerary.

Louisa May Alcott, author of ‘Little Women,’ had dark features that some attributed to her Jewish ancestry. An author journeyed to Portugal to find out more.

07/18/2014
"The Jews of Japan" by Daniel Ari Kapner and Stephen Levine

Take a look at this article by Daniel Ari Kapner and Stephen Levine ! Kapner and Levine provide a brief and concise look into the relationship and history between Japan and the Jewish community.

Remember JM Travelers we will be taking a trip to Japan this November !

Daniel Ari Kapner and Stephen Levine, "The Jews of Japan," Jerusalem Letter No. 425 24 Adar I 5760 / 1 March 2000.Accesssed July 18, 2014 http://www.jcpa.org/jl/jl425.htm.

The Jews of Japan

07/11/2014
Art nouveau in RIGA

Shabbat Shalom JM travelers!! Here is a video to help you brush up on your Art Nouveau Architecture in the city of Old Riga. Don't forget we will be taking a walking tour of this city this fall !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23ihqRf6sBI

Film about Riga athitecture and Art nouveau buidings.

07/11/2014
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Check out "I Am Here!", by author Ellen Cassidy! It is Cassidy's personal account of her stay and research at YIVO university, as she unearths the effects of the Holocaust toward Jewish society and culture within a modern Lithuania.

Ellen Cassidy,"I Am Here," NA'Amat Women, Winter 2012/2013:14-17. Accessed July11,2014, http://www.ellencassedy.com/wp-content/uploads/naamatpdf.pdf.

Hello fellow Jewish Museum Travelers !!! Here is a little hint for the giveaway and some historical facts concerning Lit...
06/13/2014
Vilnius (Vilna), Lithuania Jewish History Tour | Jewish Virtual Library

Hello fellow Jewish Museum Travelers !!! Here is a little hint for the giveaway and some historical facts concerning Lithuania. Once you find the answer please put it in the comments. Remember first to respond gets the prize !!! Shabbat Shalom ! http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/Vilnius.html

Join Our Mailing List The pre-World War II numbers are staggering: Vilnius' Jewish population was nearly 100,000, about forty-five percent of the city's total.

06/13/2014

First of the Month Giveaway!
Marc Chagall, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud where once honorary members of what university in Vilnius from 1920-1930?
a. Der Yiddisher Visenshaflicher ( YIVO)
b. Vilnius Academy of Fine Art
c. Yale University
d. Vilnius Yiddish Institute at Vilnius University

The first person to answer correctly will win a prize. Good Luck !

The Jewish Museum Travel Program's cover photo
05/28/2014

The Jewish Museum Travel Program's cover photo

04/24/2014

Congratulations to Cookie Tager for winning our monthly giveaway! Moïse de Camondo donated his Belle Epoque mansion, designed by René Sergent, to the French Decorative Arts society to be a Paris museum in honor of his son. The JM Travel Program will be departing for Paris this Tuesday!

04/01/2014

First of the Month Giveaway! This banker and art collector’s Belle Epoque mansion was turned into a museum in Paris after he died. Who is this man? First person to answer correctly will win a prize!*

A) Rene Sergent
B) Jean Francois Oeben
C) Moise de Camondo
D) Jean Antoine Houdon

*Note--if you have won in the last six months, you are ineligible to win the prize, but you are more than welcome to participate!

This morning, the New York Times published an article on the evacuation of Jews to Japan with the help of Chiune Sugihar...
03/06/2014
An Evacuation of Jews, With Help From Japan

This morning, the New York Times published an article on the evacuation of Jews to Japan with the help of Chiune Sugihara! The article features an interview Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, our accompanying scholar and expert on the Jewish experience in Japan. The JM Travel Program will be venturing to Japan, November 30-December 11!

As Japan Week begins in New York City, a video about the roles of a diplomat and a tourist-bureau employee in saving Jews from the Nazis will be shown at Grand Central Terminal on Thursday.

03/06/2014

Congratulations to Rinata Krel for winning our monthly giveaway! Rundale Palace was built in Latvia for the Dukes of Courland. The JM Travel Program will be visiting this palace on a special privately guided tour this upcoming September 7-18!

For more information on the trip, call (845)-256-0194 or email us at [email protected].
http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/core/uploaded/pdfs/2014_Lithuania789.pdf

03/06/2014

Before World War II, there were over 25 synagogues and prayer houses in Lithuania. Today, the Kaunas Synagogue is one of two operating synagogues still standing. This beautiful Neo-Baroque synagogue was built in 1871, and has one of the most beautiful Torah Arks in the Jewish world. Kaunas will be one stop on the trip to Lithuania, Latvia, & Estonia, September 7-18!

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/core/uploaded/pdfs/2014_Lithuania789.pdf

03/01/2014

First of the Month Giveaway! Jelgava Palace is one of two major palaces built for the Dukes of Courland. Which is the other? (HINT--participants on this upcoming trip will get a special private-guided tour of this palace!) First person to answer correctly will win a prize!*

A) Mezotne Palace
B) Kraslava Palace
C) Vileisis Palace
D) Rundale Palace

*Note--if you have won in the last six months, you are ineligible to win the prize, but you are more than welcome to participate!

02/27/2014

The Japan itinerary is here! We are happy to announce that Rabbi Marvin Tokayer will be accompanying us on our trip to the Far East! Rabbi Tokayer served as rabbi to the Jewish community of Japan from 1968-1976, and has written several books on Jews in the Orient. His expertise is sure to enrich our experience and learning of the special Jewish history in Japan. Join us on this amazing trip! Call (845)-256-0194 or email us at [email protected]

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/core/uploaded/pdfs/2014_Japan_form_809.pdf

The "land of the rising sun" is a kaleidoscopic blend of ancient culture and ultra-modern design, pagodas, and skyscrape...
02/27/2014

The "land of the rising sun" is a kaleidoscopic blend of ancient culture and ultra-modern design, pagodas, and skyscrapers. But few are aware of another Japan--one linked to Jewish history and culture. Join us this November 30-December 11 as we go to the Far East and experience Japan!

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/core/uploaded/pdfs/2014_Japan_form_809.pdf

02/26/2014

Safe travels to those traveling to Cuba today with The JM Travel Program! Take plenty of pictures for us!

02/25/2014

Time to play Tuesday Trivia! The city of Kyoto, Japan has been through fires, wars, and earthquakes, but many of its beautiful gardens, temples, and shrines are still intact. How many of these are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

A) 30
B) 10
C) 17
D) 22

02/21/2014

It’s been over three years since the Travel Program has ventured to Asia—and in November 2014, we will be heading to Japan! If you are curious about the connection between Japan and Jewish culture, this is the perfect time to have those questions answered. Travel with us to the “Land of the Rising Sun” and discover what Japan has to offer. Stay tuned for our official itinerary! For more information, please contact the Travel Program at (845)-256-0194 or email us at [email protected].

02/19/2014

Sir Francis Drake proclaimed that Cape Town is “the fairest cape in the circumference in the world”! The Travel Program will be visiting South Africa and staying at Cape Town, home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Nature: Table Mountain. Join us on this amazing trip! Call (845)-256-0194 or email us at [email protected].

Read the itinerary here:http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/core/uploaded/pdfs/2014_SAfrica_v7_LR802.pdf

02/17/2014

Trivia Time! When Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the earth, which place was he referring to when he said, “(_______) is the fairest cape in the circumference of the world”? (HINT—The JM Travel Program has a trip planned to this country!) The first person to answer correctly will win a prize!

A) Cape Verde
B) Cape Horn
C) Cape Town
D) Cape Cod

02/11/2014

Did you know the Jewish community in South Africa has had a profound impact on the business, political, and artistic fibers of the country? Jews have been in South Africa since the East India Trading Company used Cape Town as a trade center, and in the 1960s, Jews participated in the anti-apartheid movement alongside Nelson Mandela. Jewish artists like Irma Stern have even been compared to Gauguin! Join us as we explore this diverse country October 19-November 2. Want to know more? Call (845)-256-0194 or email us at [email protected].

Read the itinerary here: http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/core/uploaded/pdfs/2014_SAfrica_v7_LR802.pdf

01/22/2014

Congratulations to Wendy Jimenez for winning our trivia contest! Wendy will be receiving, "Masters of American Comics," featuring celebrated artist, Art Spiegelman. Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective, will be on view at The Jewish Museum until March 23. Stay tuned for our next trivia question!

01/22/2014

Trivia Time! In the past, The Jewish Museum Travel Program has taken trips to Poland. Which of these artists’ work has been deeply affected by family history in Poland? (HINT—some of that work is currently on view at The Jewish Museum!)

A ) Mark Rothko
B ) Art Spiegelman
C ) Henri Matisse
D ) Jacques Louis David

The first person to give the correct answer will win a copy of the book, “Masters of American Comics”!

12/18/2013

Japan refused to establish anti-Semitic policies during World War II and unquestioningly gave refuge to Jews fleeing Europe. Local legend has it that some of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel came as far as Japan via the Silk Road as early as 722 BCE, and the ancient Jews influenced some aspects of the Shinto religion. Join us and see this beautiful country for yourself this November 2014!

For more information, please contact the Travel Program at (845)-256-0194 or email us at [email protected].

12/11/2013

A "Mother Synagogue" located in a beautiful botanical garden? Cape Town has just that! Come with The Jewish Museum Travel Program and learn more about the Jewish cultural history in South Africa! Pamper yourself next fall with a 10 night stay at a five star hotel and enlighten yourself on museum and site visits. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can take a three-day safari at the Londolozi Private Game Reserve at the end of our trip! You won't want to miss this trip of a lifetime.

For more information, please contact the Travel Program at (845)-256-0194 or email us at [email protected].

October 23-25, 2013
12/04/2013

October 23-25, 2013

October 23-25, 2013

12/04/2013

Between 1939 and 1940, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara personally issued 6,000 visas to Jews seeking a safe passage out of Lithuania. In 2014, The Jewish Museum Travel Program will be visiting both Lithuania (September 7-17) AND Japan (November 30-December 12)! Plan to adventure with us to these unique countries and learn more about the rich Jewish heritage worldwide.

For more information, please contact the Travel Program at [email protected] or call (845)-256-0194.

11/25/2013

The January trip to Cuba is at capacity, but there is still room on the February trip! Don’t miss out on this special chance to visit Cuba under an approved government license! We will be visiting the internationally renowned National Museum of Fine Art’s Cuban collection and “La Perla del Sur”—Cuba’s Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sign up while there is still time!

For more information, please contact [email protected] or call (845)-256-0194.

Temples, torii gates...synagogues?  Yes!  Jews first settled in Japan in 1853 and share a rich history with the Japanese...
11/20/2013

Temples, torii gates...synagogues? Yes! Jews first settled in Japan in 1853 and share a rich history with the Japanese. Keep checking back for The Jewish Museum Travel Program’s itinerary for our trip to Japan in Winter 2014! You won’t want to miss out on this special trip to Asia.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or call (845)-256-0194.

Can’t get enough of Chagall: Love War and Exile at The Jewish Museum? Join us and the curator of the exhibition, Susan G...
11/11/2013

Can’t get enough of Chagall: Love War and Exile at The Jewish Museum? Join us and the curator of the exhibition, Susan Goodman, on a trip to Paris and Southern France to follow the footsteps of Marc Chagall! See the sights that inspired his work this spring with The Jewish Museum Travel Program.

For a full itinerary of the trip, see the link below!
http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/core/uploaded/pdfs/2014_Paris_TJM756.pdf

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