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Our Mission

World Jewish Travel (WJT) is a unique non-profit organization (501(c)) which provides an innovative and comprehensive digital platform to promote Jewish cultural travel and help users discover and experience Jewish heritage around the world.

Travel

Traveling is the best way to learn about a new culture and the history of a specific location. If you aren't quite sure where you want to go, read our travel blogs and eBooks to learn more about a city, and check out our cultural calendar to see what exciting events are happening around the world. These sources will help you get a better feel for each city and understand the history that transformed the city into what it is today.

Discover

Once you choose a destination, you can explore all the city has to offer. We make this easy for you by pointing out the top sites, and even local events that occur in that city. Whether you want to visit historical monuments, attend the annual Jewish music festival, or eat traditional food in the city's Jewish quarter, we will help you discover the best parts of the city.

Connect

During any journey to an unfamiliar part of the world, it is important to connect with the new culture and environment. We give you the tools to do that by providing top-recommended restaurants, tours, guides, and hotels - all of which will help you connect to and learn about the city's local culture.

Our Story

Our story starts with our founder Jack Gottlieb's trips to his mother's shtetl in Voronovo (Belarus) and his father's shtetl in Sarny (Ukraine). Each trip took 6-12 months to plan. This gave World Jewish Travel its kick-start.

2011
WJT was founded
WJT starts in Jack Gottlieb's living room with IDC students who wanted to  advance interest in their Jewish heritage. These students were part of the Hillel project, which provided students with work experience while strengthening their Jewish cultural roots.
2013
Israel's Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants eBook
WJT's first digital eBook is released. It explores 100 unique, well-known, and recommended ethnic restaurants throughout Israel.
2014
Instagram Campaign
WJT opens its first Instagram account (@wtj.restaurants), followed by @World.Jewish.Travel and @wtj.events to promote Jewish restaurants, events, and sites around the world.
2015
A Journey Through the Venetian Ghetto eBook
WJT's second eBook is released, taking a look at the history of Jews in Venice in the world's oldest ghetto. It shows the top Jewish sites, events, synagogues, restaurants, and tours in the Venetian ghetto.
2017
WJT eBook Library
An eBook collection offering both inspiration and practical guidance, while encouraging travelers to broaden and deepen their journey wherever their destination may be.
WJT Calendar
Includes both cultural days and cultural events taking place around the world
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2020
WJT Website Launch
This website is a digital Jewish tourism platform where all WJT content is accessible and users can share their own content and services. The website launched in 2020 and includes an eBook library, events calendar, Jewish heritage sites and tours, cultural trails, tour guides around the world, kosher tours, and much much more.

Get Involved

We receive messages from writers, bloggers, city officials, and enthusiastic travellers from around the world. They want to know how they can contribute to World Jewish Travel. There are several way to help out (and we provide all of the tools you need). Here is how you can get involved:

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World Jewish Travel Official August 9, 2020

City Story: Szeged

The map of Jewish word had been shaped in East Europe by the end of the 18th century and its main characteristics existed until the 20th century. The city of Szeged was placed on this virtual Jewish map when Mihály Pollack, the first Jewish trader, settled in the city in 1781. Jews as a group had been present in town from 1786 when they were allowed to settle by law. Early settlers were dominantly small-scale traders, artisans and peddlers; wealthy entrepreneurs have emerged gradually. The Jewish community in Szeged have been present since 1786; their religious life was led by their own rabbis from the very beginning, out of whom Chief Rabbi Lipót and Immánuel Löw were noteworthy persons, worth mentioning. Lipót Löw was the first Hungarian rabbi of Jewish reform movements; his son Immánuel led the Szeged community following his father’s footsteps between 1878 and 1944, the time of deportations. The Hungarian moderate reform movement, also known as Neolog movement, sprang from the efforts of reforming western Jews, the expectations of the state, and from the intention of Hungarian Jews to assimilate in 1868. Innovations of Neologism had no effect on the liturgical order, only the language use (Hungarian sermons and prayers) and the spatial arrangement of the synagogue changed. Nevertheless, the new movement brought changes in the dressing code, social behaviour and synagogue building. An independent Orthodox Jewish community existed beside the Neolog one between 1871 and 1888. The union of the two communities was restored in 1888 and from this time on the Orthodox community functioned as the Hebrew Beth Hamidrash Society in Szeged. The Society was supervised by the Jewish Community of Szeged while the Orthodox rabbi of Makó, Mózes Vorhand, was consulted in religious questions. The community had no independent synagogue, but operated a prayer house and a mikvah (at 6. Török Str.) from 1903 until 1941, after which they held their liturgies in one of the rooms of the Neolog community’s headquarter building (at 24 Gutenberg Str.). In the meantime, the Orthodox community decreased in number, counting only 30 members in 1943. Following deportation and forced labour, members of the community intended to re-establish their society in 1947, however their attempt failed. According to the last available data, 3 people declared themselves Orthodox Jews in 1950. The Jewish community was established in 1791 and they built their first synagogue at the location of the current New Synagogue between 1800 and 1803. The religious community opened its own primary school in 1844. Jews were allowed to settle in a given residential area embracing the current New Synagogue and its neighbouring streets in the early decades; however, they were allowed to buy a property anywhere in the city from 1859. There was a high demand for that since the number of Jewish population in the city rose to 2093 by 1855, which further expanded to 3628 by 1870 according to local census. 19th century has brought considerable changes in the social status of Jews in Hungary granting them equal political and legal rights similarly to members of other religious congregations. Emancipation created opportunities for numerous families to take part in shaping the economy, industry and the public affairs of the modernizing nation. Several outstanding Jewish persons appeared in the field of science, arts and literature; moreover, Szeged Jews played a pivotal role in rebuilding the city after the Great Flood of 1879. By the first decades of the 20th century the Jewish community counted 8000 members; however, their lives were broken by the Holocaust, altogether 8617 people were taken from the local ghetto. The community had 400 members in 2020.

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World Jewish Travel Official January 30, 2020

A Tale of Two Amsterdams

The same spirit that made Amsterdam a center of Jewish life centuries ago makes it a delightful destination today. There is one connection between the Netherlands’ “coffee shops,” where cannabis is sold legally, and the remarkable Jewish community that used to exist in Amsterdam — the relaxed attitude of openness that dominates this beautiful city. The historian Simon Schama portrays Amsterdam, where Jews first settled in the 16th century, as an exceptional case of tolerance in an otherwise-hostile Christian Europe. “There was no Amsterdam Ghetto, no yellow badge, horned-hat or lock-up curfew behind gates,” he wrote. Link to full blog by the Jewish Week: https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/a-tale-of-two-amsterdams/  

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World Jewish Travel Official December 25, 2019

City Story: Tudela

Archaeological evidence shows that the area of Tudela has been inhabited continuously since the Old Stone Age. Its mixed population of Jews, Christians, and Muslims made it home to many important writers, including the first translator of the Koran to a Western Language. Today it is best known for the week long Santa Ana Festival in July, celebrated with street music, bullfights, and the running of the bulls. Famous personalities: Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1167) Benjamin of Tudela (1130-1175) Shem-Tob ben Isaac Shaprut (1340-1410)

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World Jewish Travel Official December 20, 2019

City Story: Tortosa

One of wealthiest cities in Spain, Tortosa, enclosed by strong walls, prospered through both Roman and Arab rule. For a breathtaking view of the whole city, stop by the castle of La Suda. The old Jewish quarter is a patchwork of various periodic and cultural histories. Interestingly, the Call of Tortosa was established around a former Arab shipyard which had been donated to the community. It's most impressive claim to fame is in the Musuem of Tortosa, which contains a famed trilingual tombstone: engraved in Hebrew, Greek and Latin and belonging to Meliosa, a young Jew, dating the Jewish presence in Tortosa back to the Visigoths era, circa 6th century.

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World Jewish Travel Official December 25, 2019

City Story: Toledo

Toledo, close to Madrid, is famous for its walls and its historical success in silk and sword production. It was one of the most important Jewish cities of medieval Europe, and was even Spain's capital, before this was transferred to Madrid in 1561. Toledo is home to some of the largest Jewish archives in Europe. The ancient Jewish quarter of Toledo housed the famous Escuela de Traductores (School of Translators), allowing the local population to capitalize on the Jews' knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew and translate important works into Latin and Spanish. Famous personalities: Samuel Halevi (1320-1361)

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GET CONNECTED

Connecting with WJT on social media is the best way to share your travel images, videos, and experience. If you visit a unique Jewish heritage site we want to know! So please tag us and share your travels with us whether you are dining at a local Jewish deli, attending a Jewish film festival, or visitng an old synagogue.

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Such beautiful challot! Wishing everyone around the world a Shabbat Shalom as we celebrate the first Sabbath of the new year ✡️🙏🏼



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So many options at Afloka in Tel Aviv! 😱😍🥙 #repost from @falafulltlv
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If you've never been to Benedict's, you're definitely missing out. 🥞🍳 This restaurant serves the most incredible breakfast, all day everyday. With several locations all over Tel Aviv, there's no reason to miss out!
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Lots of delicious options at Mahane Yehuda Market 🍑🍒🍞🥖🍰 check out some of our favorites in the Jerusalem section of our free ebook "Israel's Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants." Link in the bio!
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#wjteats 😋 beautiful hummus dish by @baba_judy 👌 thanks for sharing with us!
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How good does this look?! @snacksaftersundown at the infamous Dr. Shakshuka! Dr. Shakshuka is just one of the incredible restaurants featured in our free ebook "Israel's Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants" 🇮🇱🍞 Download for free from our library. Link in the bio
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We‘re here to help you find the best spots in the Holy Land with our new account @world_jewish_travel_israel 🇮🇱

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European Days of Jewish Culture, September 6th-30th

Find online concerts and virtual tours from across Europe.

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There’s no place like Jerusalem!
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The “Slat al-Azama” (deportees synagogue) in the Mellah of Marrakech was originally built by Jews who were deported from Spain in 1492. It’s one of more than 30 synagogues in Marrakech, but sadly it’s the only one still in use by the dwindling Jewish community. Today it holds a small exhibit on local Jewish history, which is popular with both Jewish and non-Jewish tourists. Posted by: @shabbatshalomfrom .
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The Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem ✡️ a quiet moment during this past Tisha Bav. We hope you all had a meaningful 9th of Av
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Las Casas de La Juderia is a unique hotel located in the #jewishquarter of #Seville 🇪🇸 check out more photos of this stunning hotel on their Instagram page @lascasasdelajuderia
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"Scola Italia" is one of the 5 synagogues in Venice, Italy🇮🇹 che bello!? 😍
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Venice, Italy 🇮🇹 Check out our free e-book "A Journey Through the Venetian Ghetto" for all the best tips for exploring Jewish heritage in Venice! Link in our bio.
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Statue of Benjamín de Tudela, famous Jewish traveler and writer, in the Plaza of the Judería in Tudela, Spain 🇪🇸✡️
To read more about Jewish heritage in Tudela, check out our WJHpedia page. Link in our bio!
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We're here to help you find the best spots in the Holy Land with our new account @world_jewish_travel_israel 🇮🇱

This account is dedicated entirely to Israel travel from the top of the Hermon to the Dead Sea
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December 19-23: the 8th annual Louis Lewandowski Festival in honor of choir director and professor of music, Louis Lewandowski. The event will include beautiful music sung by several choral groups. 🎵


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Februrary 20-23: International Bellydance Festival in Eilat, ISRAEL! 3 days of non-stop movement with performances, lessons, competitions, and parties 💃


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December 2-9 : Menorah Lighting in London! If you’re in London or traveling there during Hanukkah, make sure to get out to the candle lighting and celebrate the Festival of Lights with the local London Jewish community. 🕎


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January 13th: the Atlanta Jewish Life Festival is a great way to bring together the local Jewish community through Jewish and Israeli arts, food, music, and cultural experiences! ✡️🥙🎵


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December is almost here and you know what that means. The Holiday of Holidays is back for their annual, month long celebration of the diverse cultures found in Haifa. Music performances, art galleries, and special events will take place all month in the city of Haifa to show tolerance and mutual respect for all cultures! ✡️✝️☪️


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It’s that time of year again and NYC will be having their annual menorah lighting to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah! 🕎


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The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival is back, starting this weekend! From December 1-6 Jerusalem theaters will be showing a variety of Jewish themed films. Check out the schedule on their website!🎬


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January 19-20th: Limmud is hitting the West cost this Winter in Seattle! The 2018 festival sold out so it’s get your tickets while you still can 🎟


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