Ayelet Tours, Ltd.

Upcoming Tours

Ayelet Tours specializes in tours to Israel, as well as expertly guided Jewish Heritage tours around the world. From our Jewish Heritage Tours to Eastern Europe and beyond, to our Hadassah Missions to our specialized tours with the World Union for Progressive Judaism, we strive to offer our guests nothing short of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

On this page, you'll find links upcoming Israel Tours and scheduled excursions to other countries around the globe, including our highly respected Traveling University Tours, led by our Scholars in Residence.


from a Reform Perspective

Join Reform Jews from across North America as we explore Israel - we'll explore the best sites and activities in Israel,
as well as meet with top thinkers and movers from the Reform movement, Israeli politics, high tech and more!

February 13 - 23, 2016
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The Great Theatre of Havana

Professor Stephen Berk

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with Professor Stephen Berk
**Booked through Cuba Travel Services

Experience Cuba with all your senses amidst a mixed, vibrant and vital culture locked in time. Step back to 1959 and see the cars,
smell the unique foods, hear incredible music and sway to the sounds of Cuba! Visit the communities of Havana, Santa Clara,
Sancti Spiritus and more...Experience their unique joie de vivre. Learn how people have managed to survive amidst Communism.
Visit with Cubans and see their culture, art and Latin flare!

March 20 - 27, 2016 - SOLD OUT!!


Rabbi Daniel Freelander

Led by Rabbi Daniel FreelanderWUPJ

Join us as we celebrate 90 years of the World Union for Progressive Judaism! Established in London in 1926, the WUPJ held its
first international convention just two years later in Berlin. Come follow in the footsteps of history, from Berlin to London, as together
we explore the World Union’s past, present and future! We invite you to then join the Biennial Conference of the European Union
for Progressive Judaism in London (April 14-17).

April 7 - 14, 2016
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Chocolate & Churros

Rabbi Prinz and Rabbi Hurvitz

Led by Rabbi Deborah Prinz & Rabbi Mark Hurvitz

Taste delicious chocolates at some of the most famous chocolatiers in Spain and Southwest France...
Immerse in the rich history of chocolate and the Jewish past & Spanish culture...
Discover Spain’s hidden pleasures...

May 1 - 12, 2016
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Professor Paul LiptzRabbi Steve Burnstein

Led by Professor Paul Liptz and Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Meet Israel’s Progressive communities and explore the many projects they have undertaken. Encounter ancient and modern
history, and discover cutting edge Israeli innovation, all while bonding with WUPJ friends old and new! We invite you to then join
the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) Biennial Convention (May 27-28).

May 19 - 27, 2016
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The Forbidden City

Rabbi Arnold Belzer

with Rabbi Arnold Belzer

Join Rabbi Arnold Mark Belzer, President of the Sino-Judaic Institute, on this engaging and educational tour, where we learn
about the many official and unofficial religions of China. We explore the rich history of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism,
Taoism, and Muslim faiths still being practiced in Beijing, Xi’an, Kaifeng, and Shanghai today.

May 23 - June 8, 2016 - $4,840 LAND only
Extension to Harbin - June 8 - 10, 2016 - $1,750 LAND only

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Eastern Europe

Professor Stephen Berk

with Professor Stephen Berk

Join Dr. Berk on our classic tour of Eastern Europe. Visit Krakow, Warsaw, Budapest and Prague, including memorable
visits to Jewish Heritage sites throughout

June 14 - 26, 2016 - $4,499 LAND only
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Rabbi Beliak

Rabbi Beliak

with Jewish Renewal in Poland leader, Rabbi Haim Beliaksfd

"Our approach will be to note the diversity of viewpoints that made Polish Jewish life the source of modern Jewish life - from
Jewish socialist, to Yiddish culture, branches of Zionism, and various Hassidic communities. We will remind people that the
Progressive movements (today Reform and Conservative Judaisms) started in the Polish lands beginning in 1803. We will
note Jewish involvement in film, literature, and the arts from Artur Rubenstein to Julian Tuwim." - Rabbi Beliak

June 22 - July 8, 2016
Save the Date!


Cantors Assembly Logo

with the Cantors Assembly 2016

Jewish History in Spain is filled with contradictions. There is tragedy here, but there are also traces of former glories during
the 1,000 years before the inquisition - these were large scale Jewish communities that prospered for long periods. We will
delve into the past, as well as reach out to the nascent Jewish communities of today to hear their struggles, and their
successes. With the Spanish government opening the door to citizenship for Jews with Spanish roots, and the opening of
new centers of Jewish culture, there has never been a better time to visit Spain!

July 3 - 14, 2016
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Rabbi Lennard Thal

Led by Rabbi Lennard Thal

Adventure through the natural wonders of South Africa! Together we’ll go on safari, encountering some of the world’s most
breathtaking wildlife and scenery, including a stay at a Safari lodge. We’ll interact with Progressive community leadership in
Johannsburg and Cape Town, as well as tour the beautiful coastal Garden Route. This tour includes participation in the South
African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) Biennial Conference in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (July 15 - 17).

July 6 - 17, 2016
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Eastern Europe

Professor Jeremy Leigh

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with Professor Jeremy Leigh

Explore the Ashkenazi Story and enrich our knowledge of Jewish History in Mainz, Worms, Berlin, Vilna, Kaunas, & Riga
Experience all that Germany and the Baltics have to offer and confront the horrors of the past and celebrate the re-birth
of the communities of today and tomorrow in the region

July 11 - 25, 2016 - $4,399 LAND only
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Rabbi Joel Oseran

FAR EAST: China and Singapore
Led by Rabbi Joel Oseran

Uncover the multi-layered Jewish past of the orient, from Shanghai’s Kehilat Shanghai to Singapore’s United Hebrew Congregation.
We’ll meet progressive leadership in Asia before we venture to Perth, Australia for the opportunity to attend the Union for
Progressive Judaism (UPJ) Biennial (Nov. 17 - 20). Don’t miss this classic adventure of a lifetime, all the while connecting with
Progressive Jews worldwide!

November 9 - 19, 2016
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Take in the amazing sites of these two countries - from the Great Barrier Reef, Koala Sanctuary and Ayers Rock to the Opera
House and Captain Cook's Cottage. Bask in the warmth of the sunshine and the rich & colorful cultures that live on along the
way. Connect to Jewish history throughout your time - whether it be at the Garden Synagogue, Melbourne Jewish Museum
or Katzy's Kosher Deli! We'll meet with local communities and hear from local scholars along the way.

November 30 - December 25, 2016 - $8,199 LAND only
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Jewish Heritage guaranteed departures throughout the year! Choose from 9 or 11 night programs, or add Eilat and Petra for a 12 to 14 night package.




Our classic tour of Israel begins each Thursday and Sunday throughout the year.


Traveling UniversityIndicates "Traveling University" tours led by one of our Scholars-in-Residence

WUPJIndicates World Union for Progressive Judaism tours accompanied by WUPJ Leadership

Ayelet Tours has been taking guests on Israel tours and Jewish Heritage tours around the world since 1986. We specialize in trips that cover more than just the basic sites. When guests travel with us to Israel, Jordan, Eastern Europe, Spain, China or beyond, they can count on experiences uniquely Ayelet. It is our goal to make sure our Israel tour  and World Jewish Heritage Tour packages go well beyond the surface and explore in-depth the culture and history of the destinations we visit.

When visitors choose one of our Israel tours or World Jewish Heritage Tour packages, they can feel confident in the people standing behind these tours.  Our expert staff have years of experience in creating and operating tours to Israel and around the world.

Sites we explore – Plan on seeing the major sites, as well as those of Jewish interest around the world.  We don’t just hit the major tourist attractions on our journeys. We also ensure that guests on our Israel tours or World Jewish Heritage Tour packages see a wide variety of other sites to expand their experience and enhance the learning provided.

Our Experience at work for you – At Ayelet Tours, each of our trips is led by an experienced guide.  We know and understand that the guide and/or tour escort are crucial to the success of your tour.  Our guides have unparalleled local knowledge, and are trained in interpersonal skills to ensure our guests are well attended to. Guests will benefit from their guide’s extensive knowledge and grasp of historical information throughout the tour.

Its all in the details – From your first call to our office, it will be clear that we are a group of travel professionals, dedicated to making your Tour to Israel or World Jewish Heritage Tour a seamless experience.  We are committed to providing excellent service and attention to detail.  Should anything not be up to your standard, please let us know so we can make it right.  It is from years of working in this way, and through word of mouth references that we have gained the reputation for excellence we enjoy today.

Whether you’re interested in traveling with us to Germany, China, Spain or our unparalleled Bar Mitzvah Tours, Israel packages and other excursions, we look forward to helping you plan the experience of a lifetime. At Ayelet Tours, it is our pleasure to share the best in travel with our guests.

To find out more about our upcoming tours, just browse this page and our website. If you have any questions about our packages or destinations, just email us at ayelet@ayelet.com. You can also reach us by phone at 1-800-237-1517.

1.800.237.1517 • 1.518.783.6001 • FAX: 1.518.783.6003 • ayelet@ayelet.com
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