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, every Thursday, experienced guides who live around the world who will tell you 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!
My name is Naftali Aklum and I was born in Ethiopia in 1979. The following year, in 1980, my parents and I were among the first groups to make Aliya to Israel via Sudan in what later became known as “Operation Moses.” I was raised and educated in Beersheba. In the army I served as a firefighter. I recently have developed an interesting educational experience for those curious about the history, culture and traditions of Ethiopian Jewry. My objective is to enable the Ethiopian community in the Negev and in Israel in general, to share its unique narrative and cultural treasures with others. I also was asked to be a consultant for the Hollywood movie “The Red Sea Diving Resort” that sold to Netflix.
4 PM EST
Craig Nudelman is originally from Johannesburg, but after meeting his now wife at Limmud in the UK in 2011, he followed her to Cape Town, where he’s been living for 8 years. The Cape Town Jewish community has been thriving since 1841, when the community was formed on Erev Yom Kippur. Jews have always been part of the activist community in South Africa. From the beginning of Communism in the early 20th century to being major players in the struggle against apartheid, and being social entrepreneurs for social justice for all peoples in South Africa. See you in April!
4 PM EST
Sarah Nabagala is originally from the Abayudaya community in Uganda but is presently living in Israel where she is doing a Master of Educational Leadership and Arts in Jewish Learning at Hebrew Union College. The Abayudaya community was founded 100 years ago by a tribal chief who, together with many of his followers adopted Judaism in 1919. Currently, there are nine synagogues in different Ugandan villages and three Jewish schools. One of the unique things about the community is how the Abayudaya are mostly subsistence farmers & have maintained their Jewish identity among their Muslim and Christian neighbors. She will also tell us about the diverse cultures and languages within the community, and the intersection of Jewish and Ugandan traditions, community formal and Jewish education, and her personal journey and experiences living in Israel.
4 PM EST
My name is Asher Bentolila and I am proud descendant of a Jewish family from North Africa (Spanish Morocco) and actually originally… from pre-expulsion Spain. I was born in the city of Ceuta, and educated in the bosom of a small Sephardic Jewish Community, I then studied for my degree in Mainland Spain (Malaga) as a computer engineer, but as life is life, I found myself working as a Jewish tour guide in the cities of Toledo and Segovia. Now I have gone back to my roots in CEUTA. I will be delighted to share with all of you the many features about this incredible city. A melting pot of cultures where Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus coexist in a climate of harmony around a very particular socio-economic situation.
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MAY: A-B-C-D TOURS
4 PM EST
Gabi Newman was born in New Zealand where she spent her childhood, and then moved with her family to Australia. Right now, she is a resident in the Moishe House Barcelona. Throughout her life Gabi has been involved with the small but active Jewish community of Auckland and later on, the much larger community in Melbourne. Australia Jewry have been a part of Australia since the very beginning (not so long ago – 1788) having been in the group of convicts sent from the UK to settle there. Judaism does not have a single definition in Australia nor is it solely a religion, and we will learn about many things including the countries’ slang phrases to immigration, to politics and even the role of football in the community! Can´t wait to explore the world with you over this A-B-C-D monthly series!
4 PM EST
Borcsa Lakos was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She runs a project of her own: Talmud not Only for Women – Talmud NOW which became an important platform for dialogues in the Jewish community of Budapest in the past years. In addition Borcsa volunteers at the Haver Foundation which holds interactive workshops for high school students to introduce the complexity of the Jewish identity. Jews are documented first coming to the land of Hungary in the third Century CE. One of the most unique things we will be talking about is that one of the most famous Hungarian pastries, called “flódni”, has Jewish roots!
4 PM EST
Aliet Achkienasi was born in La Havana, Cuba and has been an active member of the Jewish Cuban community until she arrived in Mexico to study for her PhD. The community has existed since the beginning of the history of Cuba in 1942. In the Christopher Colombus ship there was a Jewish Converso named Luis de la Torre who was the interpreter of the expedition. Currently, there are five active synagogues on the Island: three of them are located in La Havana, one in Cienfuegos and the last one in Santiago de Cuba. The total Jewish population in Cuba is approximately 1200 members from which 900 are located in La Havana. Looking forward to meeting you virtually and sharing with you all my story.
4 PM EST
Alexander Vard was born to a once prominent Dublin Jewish furrier family and grew up in Ireland, Canada and the UK. In 2016 he began a walking tour business focusing on the “Little Jerusalem” Jewish quarter. Jews are first documented arriving to Ireland in 1171 but did not become a sizeable population until the arrival of Russian refugees in the late 1800s. Today there are roughly 2,500 Jews living in the Irish Republic with two active synagogues one reform and one Orthodox, both in Dublin. The community is most known for being immortalised in the person of Leopold Bloom, the main character of James Joyce’s Ulysses often considered the greatest novel of the 20th century.
JUNE: EASTERN EUROPE LIVE WALKING TOURS
12 NOON EST
Anna Maria is a licensed tour guide in Kraków with over 7 years of experience in providing meaningful tours for international visitors to Poland. During her virtual tour, Anna Maria will take you on a journey through the best-preserved Jewish Quarter in Europe with its old Jewish cemetery and pre-war synagogues. Kazimierz (the Jewish District) was the center of Jewish life in Krakow for over 500 years until World War II. Rediscovered in the 1990s thanks to Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and the Jewish Culture Festival Kazimierz has become a popular tourist destination for visitors from Poland and abroad. Nowadays Kazimierz is a home to the growing Jewish community, local artists and students and everyone who decides to visit this amazing place.
12 NOON EST
Helise, a native of Champaign-Urbana Illinois, has lived and worked in Poland since 1994. She is the director of the Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning and its educational tour program, Taube Jewish Heritage Tours. Jewish Warsaw, like the city itself, is a palimpsest. The richness of its Jewish past and its contemporary Jewish life requires keen curiosity, contemplation, and the willingness to explore beneath and beyond its multifaceted landscape.
12 NOON EST
Lucie has followed her passion and since 1997 has been working as a guide and as a tour agent with her family business named Lucytours. She is a licensed guide in the Czech Republic as well as in the Prague Jewish Museum. Although Prague Jewish Quarter was modernized in the beginning of the twentieth century, it is unique in Europe and it belongs to the main highlights of the city. We will learn about the history and the present life of the Czech Jewish Community. Our tour will begin at the Spanish Synagogue a beautiful temple built in the Moorish style and we will finish at the famous Prague Astronomical Clock.
12 NOON EST
Aušra, is a guide in Vilnius, Lithuania and is a true lover of her city and the Jewish heritage there. The Lithuanian Jewish Community was founded in 1989, just before the Soviet Union collapsed and the Jewish national revival arose. Vilna once had more than a hundred synagogues and nearly half of the population was Jewish thus being named the Jerusalem of Lithuania for more than 300 years. The Nazi occupation and the Holocaust irretrievably changed this town, but new sculptures, street art and other artistic artefacts appear nearly every month reminding us of the glorious Vilna Jewish community. Let’s have a look at them together.
MARCH: SEFARAD LIVE WALKING TOURS (RECORDINGS)
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