I’m writing to invite you to join me on one or both unique tours I’ve planned for May 2010: A Jewish tour of Tunisia and a culinary tour of Israel. I’ve attached a pdf of the brochure for the tours and you can also click here to learn more online. Whether or not you can join me I hope you’ll pass along this email to friends or colleagues of yours who might be interested.
We’re going to Tunisia to see the country generally and learn about the 2000-year-old Jewish community. We picked May in order to witness and participate in the unusual Lag B’Omer celebrations on the Tunisian island of Djerba. Among the Jews of North Africa, particularly Tunisia, Lag B’Omer is a time to pay homage to prominent Jewish scholars in North African Jewish history and a festival with some 4,000 Jews from Tunisia, France, Israel and elsewhere marks the occasion. Tunisia and its Jewish Communities: Past and Present is a six-night tour of Tunisia with general and Jewish site visits, including the unique Lag B’Omer celebrations.
If you’re a foodie, interested in an extraordinarily unique tour of Israel, or both, Sip, Savor and Celebrate: A Culinary Adventure in Israel, a four-night tour, is for you. Gil Hovav, leading Israeli culinary journalist and television personality, has planned an exclusive itinerary that’ll have your five senses working overtime. See, hear, touch, smell and, of course, taste your way through the incredible ethnic diversity of Israeli cuisine. Gil will be our guide and several BGU faculty members will join the tour to share their culinary-related research.
I’ve just come back from Tunisia and Israel doing some prep work for the tours and am incredibly excited for the adventures that await. I hope you can join me and encourage others to do so.
With warm regards,
P.S. The hotels and domestic airline in Tunisia are holding our group reservations until mid-December. We’ll of course be taking registrations afterwards, but it’ll be a on a space-available basis, so we’re encouraging people to sign up sooner than later.
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