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.