Explore Jewish Communities around the world

Travel with us every Thursday and discover different Jewish stories

We invite you to get on our Hot Air Zoom Balloon to meet exceptional guides and Jewish community members who live around the world and will tell us first-hand the history and current activities of their communities.

When: Every Thursday
Time: See below
Duration: 60 minutes

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Every month, we will be flying to 4 countries in different regions. Join us!

AUGUST: JEWISH END OF ALPHABET: V W X Y Z

VATICAN CITY

RECORDING AVAILABLE

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The Vatican Museums house a vast collection of art and artifacts, from the Egyptian era through the late Renaissance and up to contemporary art. Join our guide Andrea on an immersive tour through this must-see destination as we visit the Picture Gallery, Sculptures, Gallery of the Candelabra, Tapestries, and Maps of the Vatican and explore our findings through a Jewish lens. With its complexity of themes and symbology, this tour can be a special learning experience for kids in their first approach to images, symbols, colors, treasures, and frescos, with an emphasis on understanding their context within the Jewish diaspora. Andrea is an American living in the beautiful Eternal City of Rome. She was raised in upstate New York and stayed in Chicago after graduating from Northwestern University. She became a college professor and relocated to Rome after falling in love with a wonderful man. Once in Rome, she began studying Italian and, in time, discovered she loved Rome so much that she wanted to share it with everyone!

WARSAW

AUGUST 11TH

11 AM EST

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Jewish Warsaw, like the city itself, is a palimpsest. The tragedy and the richness of Warsaw’s Jewish past and the growth of contemporary Jewish life in the city require a keen curiosity, contemplation, and the desire to explore beneath and beyond its multifaceted landscape. Most importantly, it is the willingness of visitors to acknowledge the past and embrace the present that make Warsaw a destination for all people interested in Jewish history. Join our guide Helise, a native of Champaign-Urbana Illinois, who has lived and worked in Poland since 1994. The founding director of the Warsaw’s only Jewish day school, Helise is the director of the Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning and oversees its Jewish heritage education programs, including Taube Jewish Heritage Tours.

YEMEN

AUGUST 18TH

11 AM EST

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The Jewish community of Yemen has existed since antiquity, but today comprises just a handful of affiliated members, with the majority having moved to Israel. Our guide, Gavriella Bigio Dahan, has a unique tie to the community. An American-Israeli of Yemenite background, she is a former Shlicha to Finland and currently works at the Jewish Agency for Israel. Upon making Aliyah as a teen, Gavriella came to learn about her grandmother’s miraculous journey from Yemen to Israel as part of Operation Magic Carpet from 1948 to 1950. Join Gavriella on the magic carpet as we delve into Yemenite Jewish traditions, religious study, music, crafts, and, of course, food.

ZIMBABWE

AUGUST 25TH

11 AM EST

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The first synagogue in Zimbabwe, then the British colony of Rhodesia, was formed in 1894 by 20 Jews in Bulawayo. The second community was established in Salisbury (later renamed Harare) in 1895, and the third congregation in Gwelo in 1901. The population of Jews in the country once numbered 1,500. Today, there are only several hundred Jews in Zimbabwe. Our guide, Janice Benatar, was born in Harare back when the country was known as Southern Rhodesia. These were extraordinarily tumultuous times that would ultimately see the demise of colonial white dominance in the country. Janice has lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Israel, and now makes her home in Toronto. Having immersed herself in several very different cultures, she has experienced the diversity of human life from its most impoverished to its most abundantly wealthy. This unique perspective, and her passion for building bridges between people, inspired Janice to seek a career in fundraising, where she could engage philanthropists with a focus on tangible, positive change. Janice works at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto as Vice President, Philanthropic Leadership.

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Please check your local time at the start of the next tour this THURSDAY.

Pacific Standard Time (LA): 8 AM

Mountain Standard Time (Denver): 9 AM

Central Standard Time (Chicago): 10 AM

Eastern Time (New York): 11 AM

Argentina Time: 12 PM

British Standard Time: 4 PM

Central European Time: 5 PM 

Israel Standard Time: 6 PM

SEPTEMBER: PLACES THAT START WITH “G”

GRANADA

SEPTEMBER 1ST

11 AM EST

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Baruch originally hails from South Manchester, England and was raised amongst a large but very discreet community of Separdic immigrants who had, one way or another, found themselves as Anusim – or those who practice their faith in secret. With an Irish Catholic father who’s own family had also been forced to abandon their beliefs, and although though not raised in the Jewish faith,  this set Baruch on a path of curiosity and discovery which led him to Granada, Andalucia, where for 20 years he’s been researching, studying, uncovering and sharing a more accurate and honest perspective of Jewish life, faith and historical culture of Granada & Andalucias’ deep Jewish heritage from an academic perspective.

He is the owner and operator of Granada Jewish Tours.

GREECE

SEPTEMBER 8TH

11 AM EST

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Greece is full of history, and this is reflected in the history of Greek Jewry, as well. It is a unique combination of Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Romaniote communities with roots in Spain, the Balkans, and all the way back to the Roman Empire. Join our guide, Evan Kapros, to learn more about this branch of Jewish history. Evan was born in Greece and later moved to Ireland. He now resides in Barcelona, where he is a volunteer at Mozaika. When in Greece, Evan was involved with groups for refugee rights and against antisemitism, and in Ireland, he was a member of the Education Committee of the Irish Jewish Museum. Together will discover this rich history and will talk about the social perceptions prevalent in contemporary Greek society concerning Jewish identities. Of course, no good discussion about Greek Jewry can be conducted without talking about the language, food, and music of the community!

GHANA

SEPTEMBER 15TH

11 AM EST

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Adherence to the laws of the Torah started more than 200 years ago in Ghana until Christian missionaries set foot on the land and succeeded in convincing the King to abolish the observance of Shabbat. In 1976, Aaron Ahomtre Tuakyiriafa from the small village of Sui mobilized the Sefwi people to return to the Torah. Our guide, Michael Owusu Ansah was born and raised in Sefwi Wiawso, Ghana. He is a nurse and has been the correspondent for Tiffereth Israel Community, previously known as the House of Israel, for the past six years. The Tiffereth Israel Community was previously not familiar with the term “Judaism” until the year 2000, when representatives from ”Kulanu” in the United States visited their community to compare the Torah to the laws of the land. During this session, we will learn about the Sefwi people’s unique relationship with Judaism, what it looks like to pray in the Sefwi dialect, local food and clothing, and the long-standing traditions in this farming community.

GEORGIA

SEPTEMBER 22ND

11 AM EST

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Georgia has been a welcoming and loving home to the Jewish community for more than 26 centuries. The Jews of Chaldea, Ashkenazim, Sephardi, Mountain, and Georgian Jews have always lived in harmony and flourished into vibrant communities with linguistic, cultural, and religious peculiarities. Currently, Georgia offers more than 50 locations with Jewish heritage across the country. Our guide, Lasha Shakulashvili, is an Israeli-based Georgian researcher of Jewish heritage in the South Caucasus region. Born into a Georgian Orthodox Christian family, Lasha was always interested in learning more about Georgia’s multiculturalism. Currently, Lasha is researching the Yiddish and Ladino-speaking heritage of Georgia and the South Caucasus region at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. During Lasha’s virtual tour, attendees will travel into the streets, mountains, hills, and castles of Tbilisi, which has embraced Jewish presence and tells a story of the peaceful coexistence between Christian, Jewish, and Muslim inhabitants of the South Caucasus region.

OCTOBER: INFORMATION COMING SOON

DESTINATION TO BE DECIDED

OCTOBER 6TH

4 PM EST

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Baruch originally hails from South Manchester, England and was raised amongst a large but very discreet community of Separdic immigrants who had, one way or another, found themselves as Anusim – or those who practice their faith in secret. With an Irish Catholic father who’s own family had also been forced to abandon their beliefs, and although though not raised in the Jewish faith,  this set Baruch on a path of curiosity and discovery which led him to Granada, Andalucia, where for 20 years he’s been researching, studying, uncovering and sharing a more accurate and honest perspective of Jewish life, faith and historical culture of Granada & Andalucias’ deep Jewish heritage from an academic perspective.

He is the owner and operator of Granada Jewish Tours.

DESTINATION TO BE DECIDED

OCTOBER 13TH

4 PM EST

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Greece is full of history, and this is reflected in the history of Greek Jewry, as well. It is a unique combination of Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Romaniote communities with roots in Spain, the Balkans, and all the way back to the Roman Empire. Join our guide, Evan Kapros, to learn more about this branch of Jewish history. Evan was born in Greece and later moved to Ireland. He now resides in Barcelona, where he is a volunteer at Mozaika. When in Greece, Evan was involved with groups for refugee rights and against antisemitism, and in Ireland, he was a member of the Education Committee of the Irish Jewish Museum. Together will discover this rich history and will talk about the social perceptions prevalent in contemporary Greek society concerning Jewish identities. Of course, no good discussion about Greek Jewry can be conducted without talking about the language, food, and music of the community!

DESTINATION TO BE DECIDED

OCTOBER 20TH

4 PM EST

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Adherence to the laws of the Torah started more than 200 years ago in Ghana until Christian missionaries set foot on the land and succeeded in convincing the King to abolish the observance of Shabbat. In 1976, Aaron Ahomtre Tuakyiriafa from the small village of Sui mobilized the Sefwi people to return to the Torah. Our guide, Michael Owusu Ansah was born and raised in Sefwi Wiawso, Ghana. He is a nurse and has been the correspondent for Tiffereth Israel Community, previously known as the House of Israel, for the past six years. The Tiffereth Israel Community was previously not familiar with the term “Judaism” until the year 2000, when representatives from ”Kulanu” in the United States visited their community to compare the Torah to the laws of the land. During this session, we will learn about the Sefwi people’s unique relationship with Judaism, what it looks like to pray in the Sefwi dialect, local food and clothing, and the long-standing traditions in this farming community.

DESTINATION TO BE DECIDED

OCTOBER 27TH

4 PM EST

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Georgia has been a welcoming and loving home to the Jewish community for more than 26 centuries. The Jews of Chaldea, Ashkenazim, Sephardi, Mountain, and Georgian Jews have always lived in harmony and flourished into vibrant communities with linguistic, cultural, and religious peculiarities. Currently, Georgia offers more than 50 locations with Jewish heritage across the country. Our guide, Lasha Shakulashvili, is an Israeli-based Georgian researcher of Jewish heritage in the South Caucasus region. Born into a Georgian Orthodox Christian family, Lasha was always interested in learning more about Georgia’s multiculturalism. Currently, Lasha is researching the Yiddish and Ladino-speaking heritage of Georgia and the South Caucasus region at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. During Lasha’s virtual tour, attendees will travel into the streets, mountains, hills, and castles of Tbilisi, which has embraced Jewish presence and tells a story of the peaceful coexistence between Christian, Jewish, and Muslim inhabitants of the South Caucasus region.

JULY: JEWISH ISLANDS (RECORDINGS)

If you’d like to view a recording of any previous tour from May, June and/or July, please send an email to mariano@jewishmajorca.com 

If you’d like to view all 4 or 5 recordings per month you can access them with a special discount using the form below:

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

RECORDING AVAILABLE

CURAÇAO

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CUBA

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HAITI

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JUNE: THE BALKANS (RECORDINGS)

BULGARIA

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

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SERBIA

RECORDING AVAILABLE

SLOVENIA

RECORDING AVAILABLE

ROMANIA

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MAY: EXPLORING THE ‘S’-ENCE OF JEWISH IDENTITY (RECORDINGS)

SEVILLE

RECORDING AVAILABLE

SURINAME

RECORDING AVAILABLE

SIBERIA

RECORDING AVAILABLE

SRI LANKA

RECORDING AVAILABLE

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Cost Sessions Save
Individual Session 18 USD 1
Monthly Pass 60 USD 4 16,7%
3 months Pass 120 USD 13 48,71%
Annual Pass (*) 432 USD all 2022 +55%

(*) Annual Pass= Will give you a ticket for all HAZB during 2022 (Every Thursday and Specials included). No matter what time of year you get it, you will have access to all the recordings of previous presentations of the year.

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Susan S

 

Well, once again, you hit it out of the park. Thank you and your group for all your work.

Sylvie Bordzuk

 

Thank you so much for bringing Jewish communities around the world to our living rooms / dens / phones, etc. I am becoming more and more interested in my Jewish heritage with each visit, especially having been brought up with a not particularly strong Jewish identity.

Hank Glickman

 

One of the best presentations I’ve ever heard anywhere…

Sheryl A Roberts

 

Hi, I just finished watching the Hot Air Balloon trips I missed. One is better than the other. They have been fabulous. The speakers you lined up were wonderful. I hope you continue this. Thank you so much.