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This tour offers a unique opportunity to delve into India's rich and diverse Jewish history, dating back over two thousand years. Explore the historic synagogues and vibrant Jewish communities of Mumbai and Cochin, where you can witness the blending of Jewish and Indian cultures. Take a relaxing houseboat cruise in Kumarakom and immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of this region. In Cochin, don't miss the chance to witness a Kathakali Dance show, a traditional Indian dance form known for its intricate facial expressions and hand gestures. Finally, experience the bustling streets of Delhi from a different perspective with a thrilling rickshaw ride through the city. This tour is a must-visit for anyone interested in Jewish history, culture, and the fusion of different civilizations.
India is a vast country of dramatic contrasts, extraordinary cultural richness, and religious diversity. Any visitor to India can choose from a wide array of tours. What distinguishes ours is its "insider's perspective." I was born in Calcutta to a family with Baghdadi roots; I live in the United States today and speak widely about the Indian Jewish communities--always adding music wherever I go. My tour partner, Joshua Shapurkar, is a member of the Bene Israel community of Bombay and has been leading general and Jewish tours for twenty-five years. Together we have an intimate knowledge of the Indian Jewish communities and close relationships with its members. You, too, will be treated as part of our broader family. You will meet and interact with community members, enjoy local hospitality, experience India's magnificent cultural tapestry, and enjoy its rare Jewish treasures. We will attend Shabbat services together in Bombay and Calcutta. I will lead services in the Baghdadi-Indian tradition in the Maghen David Synagogue, where my father was rabbi, and share my memories with you as we walk together through streets and bazaars. Our accommodations are deluxe--and you won't have to worry about meals or transportation in India: almost everything is included. Please join us on this unforgettable adventure!