Sacred Jewish Journeys
Rabbi Rayzel organizes and leads specialty tours of Jewish interest. Her focus is Israel, however she is dreaming of tours to Spain, Ukraine, Cuba, South American.
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Eat, Pray, Heal: Journey Through Jewish Spain in November 2019
Come join a Jewish adventure in Spain. The history of the Jewish community in Spain is complex: rich, creative and tragic. In its day, the Sephardic cultural era was a 500 year explosion of creativity and interfaith relations. Today there is a resurgence of Jewish life, and a return to Spanish roots by many families who fled the Inquisition. The spiritual summons to Spain compels us to heal this chapter of our history.
Join Rabbi Rayzel Raphael as she guides you on an enriching odyssey of Spanish Jewish culture. With experienced tour guide and also a lecturer at University, Moises Hassan-Amselem, resident of Seville, Spain, you will visit the major cities where Spanish Jewish heritage flourished: Barcelona, Gerona, Toledo, Segovia, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. We will visit major sighteeing locations, old city walls, palaces, eat Spanish delicacies; and broaden our sense of the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry. Spending Shabbat with the local Jewish community – we will also pray at places where our people were shattered and scattered. Come for the tour, leave with a sense you have been on a holy mission.
Israel Transformation Tour
My goal is to take you on an adventure. Travel opens us up to many new ideas and cultures and my idea of travel is not to just to tour but to experience, interact and taste what the world has to offer. Each day’s itinerary is crafted to be a journey of transformation. My intention is to explore the ancient roots of Jewish spirituality. We visit archeology sites and follow the path of growth and blossoming from these roots. We visit change makers, secular and religious. Weaving between layers of history, we find the thread of connection, through herstory. My hope is that each participant also finds their own place on the path as we travel - adding their voice to this ongoing tradition. And of course we eat well, tasting what each place has to offer.
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