There are very few chances in life to see religion, tradition and culture come together in one experience. The Foundations of Faith travel program will bring you to the culturally rich countries of Israel, Turkey and Morocco. This program was designed to explore the history of Judaism from the perspective of three very different cultures, two of which are predominantly Muslim. On your journey through this program, you will be led by the best guides, stay in amazing locales, and make memories that last a lifetime.
Traveling through Israel, Turkey and Morocco will be packed with great moments, but there will be a few highlights that stand out. For instance, while in Israel you will explore parts of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. This experience will be led by a Holocaust Survivor and is sure to be unforgettable. Also in Israel, you will visit a private home of a family from the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Finally, while touring the Golan Heights with a former member of the Israeli military, you will learn about the geo-political issues of the area.
The excitement continues as your journey will lead you to Turkey, where you will see the Gala Tower in Istanbul. The Galata Tower was built in 1303 by the Genoese, so history buffs will be particularly excited about this stop of the trip. There will also be an opportunity to visit local synagogues and mingle with the locals.
In Morocco, you will have the opportunity to discover the Mellah of Fes, an over 650 year old neighborhood which is very close to the royal palace. It was here, that Jews took shelter during the 1912 pogrom.
As you can see, the Foundations of Faith program is an experience that will educate and enrich your life. The history and culture of Israel, Turkey and Morocco will leave an impression on you that you will never forget.
Japan is packed with great culture, food and places to visit. With all of the options, it can be hard to decide where to start. Maximizing your time is crucial on any trip, so knowing the best things to see and do is crucial.
Tokyo is considered Japan’s top hot spot and is unlike any other large city in the world. If you are considering making a trip to Tokyo, prepare yourself as it can sometimes be overwhelmingly different. One thing you will immediately notice is how there is a curious mix of old monuments and shrines with modern buildings and shops. Some sites that you will definitely want to visit are the Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Nikko and Kamakura. While at these sites, be sure to people watch as well! You never know what you might see..
Kyoto is the original capital city of Japan and is where emperors of the past once ruled. This ancient city is home to over 15 historical sites and is Japan’s second most popular tourist destination. There are beautiful temples in Kyoto, such as the Golden Pavilion. Here you can tour the temple or relax and meditate a bit. From ancient temples to vibrant nightlife, Kyoto has it all.
You can’t visit Japan without making a stop at Mount Fuji. This is a great place to go if you would like to get away from the busyness of the cities and take in the open air. Mount Fuj is actually a volcano and is thought to be home to a living spirit. If you are interested in climbing, you will love the challenge that scaling Mount Fuji provides. If you are not into climbing, you can choose to trek through Hakone National Park where you will find natural hot springs.
Japan is a mix of food, culture, tradition and excitement. There is literally something for everyone and it is definitely a destination that should be on your to-do list!