Dark tourism has increasingly attracted those with a curiosity for history, a desire to understand past sufferings, and a need to pay tribute to those who endured them. As a form of travel that takes visitors to sites of tragedy, dark tourism plays a significant role in Jewish cultural travel. These journeys help to preserve collective memory, recount resilience, and teach enduring lessons that stem from the darkest chapters of Jewish history. World Jewish Travel offers Jewish cultural travelers the opportunity to engage with history authentically and intimately through its Dark Tourism page, featuring destinations where visitors can explore important historical sites, memorials, museums, and tours such as a 7-Day Portugal Jewish tour, a Spanish Inquisition & Madrid Tour, the Anne Frank House, and recent additions from Black Saturday such as Hostages Square and a private tour of the Sderot, the Nova Festival Site, and the Gaza Envelope.
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.
WJT's first digital eBook is released. It explores 100 unique, well-known, and recommended ethnic restaurants throughout Israel.
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.
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.
An eBook collection offering both inspiration and practical guidance, while encouraging travelers to broaden and deepen their journey wherever their destination may be.
Includes both cultural days and cultural events taking place around the world go to calendar
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.