When travelers think about Jewish-interest trips, India likely isn’t the destination that comes to mind. But that’s where Pacific Delight Tours’ first Kosher Tour is heading in January 2017.

Created in collaboration with the Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities, the new fully-escorted product offers kosher tours to “lesser known, yet thriving Jewish diaspora communities.” In order to keep kosher abroad, the trips visit Jewish Community Centers with integrated restaurants or dine on local vegan cuisine from Hindu or Buddhist eateries.

The first departure on Jan. 10, “India: My Second Home,” will be led by Nathan Katz, professor emeritus at Florida International University and author of “The Last Jews of Cochin.” Katz calls India “one of the most hospitable homes in the Jewish diaspora.” The two-week tour includes iconic Indian attractions like the Taj Mahal along with visits to Jewish communities around the country. Guests will attend Shabbat dinner in Mumbai and New Delhi and tour synagogues in Cochin and Calcutta.

Pricing starts at $7,195 per person, double occupancy.

In July, Pacific Delight will launch its second Jewish-interest trip, “Pepper Silk & Yangtze,” a two-week tour of Japan and China escorted by Rabbi Marvin Tokayer of the Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities. The tour will explore Japan’s role in saving thousands of Jews during World War II, the mysterious Well of Israel in Kyoto and modern Jewish life in Shanghai.

Pricing starts at $7,488 per person, double. Included in the price of each departure is a $900 donation to Rabbi Tokayer’s nonprofit Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities. 

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