Step back in time to what was once the center of Jewish life in Europe - the Pale of the Settlement towns now in modern-day Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus. You’ll take a deep dive into the most important sites of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage including the Great Synagogue of Vilnius and the Chafetz Chaim-founded Yeshiva of Radin. Visit the hometown of Rav Kook and the well-preserved shtetl of Slonim which boasts a lovingly restored 500-year-old synagogue. We’ll also visit the tomb of Reb Chaim of Volozhin and the ghetto of Nowogródek, and you’ll be able to brush up on your Yiddish at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Tours of Riga, Vilnius, and Minsk will reward you with a glimpse into the modern-day reality of these classic Eastern European cities, where Jewish life still thrives. Enjoy the region’s richest collection of Jewish heritage sites during this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
At Kosher Travelers, we’re passionate about travel. Like you, we believe in opening yourself up to new experiences and breathtaking vistas that will forever expand who you are and how you see the world.
Discover… That’s why we put so much care into giving our customers not just a vacation but a life-changing experience. On a Kosher Travelers tour, you can be confident that every detail will be taken care of, from A to Z. No worries, no stress – just sheer delight and the freedom to fully enjoy every moment.
Enrich... We know what’s important to you. You want not just memorable, but meaningful. A pampering, deluxe, full-sensory experience that also has depth and spirituality. That’s why we bring the Jewish dimension to our tours, wherever in the world they are and provide the highest level of kashrut and all the amenities required for the kosher traveler.
Connect... Most importantly, when you travel with Kosher Tours, you travel with family. We take pride in creating a family dynamic among our group members. Lifelong friendships have been formed on our tours!
Come experience for yourself the magic of a Kosher Travelers Tour!
Discover. Enrich. Connect. And give yourself the gift of a lifetime.
Day 1: Wednesday, Riga
Day 2: Thursday, Bauska / Panevezys / Kaunas
Day 3: Friday: Kaunas / Zezmariai / Vilnius
Day 4: Shabbat: Vilnius
Day 5: Sunday: Vilnius / Paneriai / Trakai / Vilnius
Day 6: Monday: Vilnius / Radin / Volozhyn / Minsk
What's not included?
Kosher Travelers is committed to providing all meals of the highest quality and under strict kosher supervision. We choose the hotels based on the hotel's willingness and ability to accommodate our kashrut needs and/or the proximity to kosher restaurants if available. In countries where such supervision is not available, we have a cook/mashgiach travel with us to supervise kashrut and prepare our meals.
The common denominator of our clients is Shomer Shabbat and kashrut. There are no religious level criteria to join our tours, cruises or hotel programs and we won't ask you any questions about your religious observance. We attract a diverse group of Jewish, English-speaking guests from across the globe, and encourage an accepting atmosphere among our group members.
Explore the roots of Eastern European Jewry and get a glimpse into the pre-war days.
Get to know Eastern Europe and its famous sites with our knowledgeable tour guides.
Savor the great company, delicious food, and warm atmosphere of a Kosher Travelers Tour!
An important note
Although we learn about pre-war, Jewish Europe and visit Holocaust memorials as part of this Jewish heritage tour, we make a tremendous effort to focus on the holocaust heroes, and the inspirational stories that took place during that horrific time in Jewish history.
Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
There is a $500 per person deposit required to confirm your reservation. If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund. Please see our full terms & conditions page for more details.
Hugh Raichlin Scholar in Residence; Jewish Heritage Tours
Hugh was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English Literature and Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, followed by a Bachelor of Laws. Hugh served for two years in the South African Air Force as a Law Officer and was awarded the Gold Certificate of Merit by the Officer Commanding Air Force Headquarters for outstanding services rendered as a National Serviceman. He attained the rank of Full Lieutenant.
Hugh has been a practicing attorney since 1986. He has a general practice with particular expertise in commercial litigation and family law. Hugh is a former Gauteng Chairman of the IUA-UCF, former Chairman of Keter Torah Congregation Sydenham Johannesburg, and a current Trustee of the Rambam Charitable Trust which has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Hugh has conducted services on the High Holy Days at the Pine Street Synagogue, Sunny Road Synagogue and Northcliff Synagogue for almost 30 years, and presently teaches Jewish Law, philosophy and ethics on a weekly basis.
Hugh has become well known for his published articles, series on South African television (YouTube), radio, and very popular audio-visual presentations on Jewish communities across the globe. For the past 22 years, Hugh has lectured across South Africa and internationally, on the Jews of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Rhodes, India, Italy, Argentina, China, Japan and Morocco. Hugh is a Scholar in Residence for Jewish Heritage Tours and has led tours to India, Morocco, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus.
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