Explore thrilling and unexpected places of Jewish interest, from ancient synagogues in Europe to archaeological digs in the Judean hills, flavors of Latin America and Morocco's markets. Past meets present as distinguished scholars offer historical insight and expert guides take you deep into the local culture.
Travel with expert guides and distinguished scholars:
Ariel Goldstein, Travel Program Manager at the JCCSF, was born in Uruguay, studied Latin American history in Montevideo and then studied tourism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has led tours throughout Israel, Europe, Africa and Latin America, and founded a Spanish-language, travel-study program in South America. Ariel speaks Spanish, English, Hebrew and Portuguese.
Trip Scholar: Fred Rosenbaum
Fred Rosenbaum, Founding Director of Lehrhaus Judaica, has taught at several universities and is the author of seven books on modern Jewish history. He has received a variety of awards as a teacher, educator and author, and has led more than twenty study tours on five different continents.
Trip Scholar: Jehon Grist
Jehon Grist Ph.D., Executive Director of Lehrhaus Judaica, has been with the school as a faculty member and administrator since 1985. He received his doctorate in Near East Studies and a California State Teaching Credential from the University of California, Berkeley. A veteran of excavations and field research in both Israel and Egypt and tour guide in Israel and Jordan.
Trip Scholar: Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Peretz Wolf-Prusan, who served for 20 years as rabbi and senior educator at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, assumed his duties as Rabbi and Senior Educator for Lehrhaus Judaica in October 2010. He traveled to Israel in 1985 to learn at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and became a rabbi in 1990. Peretz has continued his learning at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and with the Consortium for Jewish Family Education.
Watch A Gift From Guantanamo on 3200 Stories, where an American Jewish woman's quest to find her father's grave in Cuba leads to new connections to the Jewish Community of Guantanamo.
Listen to a recent podcast with KQED host Michael Krasny and JCCSF Travel Program Manager, Ariel Goldstein, as they discuss the shift in Cuba's geopolitics and dynamism within its own borders.
Hear what past participants have to say:
"My trip to Berlin and Prague from our pre trip meeting to our farewell dinner was absolutely fantastic! The trip's leaders gave us a great deal of insight and information as we traveled both countries. I would not hesitate to recommend traveling with JCCSF/Lehrhaus Judaica to friends and family. I can't wait for my next opportunity to travel with Fred and Ariel." – Liz Wallerstein (San Rafael, CA)
"Going to Israel with Ariel: A magical trip to a special country, emotional and profound. Israel is a place where people are rooted firmly in the past, experienced most especially in Jerusalem but elsewhere also. Yet at the same time, we had the chance to appreciate the excitement and modernity of Tel Aviv, and the growth going on in Israel today. Jehon, as an archeologist, gave us the perspective of traveling through a world many years ancient, while Fred brought us up to today, teaching us of the struggle to come to terms with what has taken place since Israel became a state in 1948 and the current political situation. I fell in love with Israel, and would go back tomorrow if I could." – Jaye Berenson (San Francisco, CA)