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Tour Operator: Torah in Motion
Join Torah in Motion for a unique and intellectually inspiring kosher tour to Central Europe designed especially by Dr. Marc Shapiro.
- See the great synagogues of Budapest, including the famous Dohany
- Visit the magnificent Schoenbrunn palace, where Maria Theresa and other Habsburg emperors lived
- See the historically significant synagogues in Nikolsburg and Boskovice
- Experience the beauty of Prague, a city unlike any other
- See the medieval synagogue in Sopron, a site which was lost for centuries
Visit Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava/Pressburg, Eisenstadt, Sopron and many other sites off the beaten track. A central feature of the tour will be Dr. Shapiro’s expert discussions of the many places we will visit, making the trip nothing less than a travelling classroom. In addition, we will be joined by expert local guides who will provide their own angle of the general sites. Members of the Jewish communities we visit will also speak to us about life in their countries.
In addition to the special Torah in Motion educational and spiritual nourishment, the Journey Through Jewish History in Central Europe will feature:
- luxury hotels in prime locations;
- Three fresh kosher meals daily; and
- expert local tour guides for sites of general interest.
Dr. Marc Shapiro
Marc B. Shapiro holds the Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton. A graduate of Brandeis and Harvard Universities, he is the author of numerous articles and reviews and is a popular scholar in residence at synagogues around the world. He has also written Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy and The Limits of Orthodox Theology, both of which were National Jewish Book Award Finalists. Other books of his include Saul Lieberman and the Orthodox and Studies in Maimonides and His Interpreters. His newest book, Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History appeared in 2015.
Central Europe 2016 Kosher tour, June 17-26, 2016 with Dr. Marc Shapiro
ITINERARY Highlights (subject to change)
Friday 17 June: Budapest
Tour of Budapest. Buda Hill. Danube River. Pest part of the city
Saturday 18 June: Shabbat – Budapest
Kazinczy synagogue. Meet with one of the rabbis of Budapest and walking tour in the city
Sunday 19 June: Budapest
Kazinczy, Rumbach, and Dohany synagogues
Hungarian Jewish Museum, the actual birthplace site of Theodore Herzl.
Kosma cemetery to visit the graves of some important rabbis, including that of R. Shimon Oppenheimer
Holocaust memorial on the Danube and Budapest’s Freedom Statue.
Optional boat trip down the Danube River.
Monday 20 June: Budapest, Eisenstadt, Sopron, Bratislava
Eisenstadt, visit the Jewish cemetery learn about R. Esriel Hildesheimer, who established the first yeshiva to include both Torah and secular studies in its curriculum. Museum in Eisenstadt established by the Austrian government to teach young Austrians about Jewish history.
Sopron, known to Jewish history as Oedenburg, and one of earliest recorded places of Jewish life in Hungary, old Jewish ghetto, medieval synagogue and Holocaust memorial.
Bratislava, visit the local Holocaust memorial and the grave of the Hatam Sofer. R. Baruch Myers, the rabbi of Bratislava, will speak to us about Jewish life in Slovakia.
Tuesday 21 June: Bratislava, Vienna
Vienna, tour the majestic city, including the famous Ring Road and magnificent Schonbrunn Palace.
A tour with a focus on the Jewish aspects of the city, including the Stadttempel, and the ruins of the medieval synagogue on Judenplatz.
Wednesday 22 June: Vienna, Mikulov, Boskovice, Prague
Mikulov, which is known in Jewish history as Nikolsburg. This was the site of the Moravian Chief Rabbi, the Maharal and R. Samson Raphael Hirsch. The cemetery has 4,000 tombstones, and we will learn about some of the important figures buried there, including R. Mordechai Benet.
Old mikvah (recently discovered), and what used to be a synagogue on the old Jewish street, whose houses are architecturally significant.
Boskovice to visit the magnificent synagogue, and then journey to Prague.
The Altneuschul, the world’s oldest functioning synagogue.
Thursday 23 June: Prague
Jewish sights of Prague. We begin in Josefov, the old Jewish Quarter, where we will visit the Maiselova, Klaus, Pinchas and Spanish synagogues. Jewish Museum. Tour the old Jewish cemetery and learn about the many great figures buried there, including the Maharal. The highlight of our visit to the Jewish quarter is the Altneuschul, where, according to legend, the Golem is to be found in the attic.
Prague castle area to enjoy the stunning view of the city and its many spires below. Charles Bridge. Here we will see the famous crucifix with Hebrew writing, and hear the amazing story of its origin. visit the striking statue of the Maharal, proudly standing outside Town Hall.
Friday 24 June: Prague
Visit the cemetery of the Noda bi-Yehudah, the famed R. Yechezkel Landau.
Terezin (Theriesenstadt) for an insight to the horrors of the Holocaust.
Visit the Jubilee Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Prague
Saturday 25 June: Shabbat – Prague
Altneuschul. Walking tour of Prague.
Sunday 26 June: Prague