Jewish Heritage Expeditions

EXPLORING YOUR JEWISH ROOTS


About Jewish Heritage Expeditions


Jewish Heritage Expeditions are designed to integrate Jewish history and culture, local society, and the discovery of the beauty and spirit of each country visited. We design expeditions to include a balanced mix of touring, hands-on experiences and interactive cultural events. Using this dynamic approach, participants feel free to participate in all of the lively discussions and activities.


All of our expeditions are accompanied full-time by an expert historian or scholar. The expedition educator remains with the group throughout the tour. Before departure you can begin studying with our preparatory educational program!


There is a good balance between learning and leisure allowing for sufficient free time. Activities can easily adjusted according to individual needs of each participant. Both accommodations and restaurants are tried and tested, generally family operated, conveniently situated and selected to offer the best in typical regional cuisine, atmosphere and comfort.

Look at our current available expeditions and register or let us create the dream tour for your group or family to the destination of your choice that reflects all of your interests. Call or mail us! Within the US call 917 6 7777 45 or mail at info@jewishheritagetours.eu. Join one of our tours and receive an experience of a lifetime!

Naftalie Hershler, CEO & master storyteller

Team

Oded Peles, Program Director & Master Storyteller


Oded Peles, Israeli educator, guide and musicologist was born in Petach Tikva to a German-Dutch family. Oded was the Executive Director of the Shlesinger Institute for Jewish Medical Ethics at Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, founded and developed their Education Programs in Jewish Medical Ethics for Medical staff. As part of his Masters in Jewish History and Musicology, Oded specializes in the unique traditions and liturgical music of Western European Jewry and is a researcher at the Jewish Music Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Oded is also a cantor who has performed and led services in communities worldwide. An army medic, fluent in Hebrew and English, he undertook advanced Jewish studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion. A specialist in both formal and informal Jewish education, Oded has been educating students, young adults and leadership missions for many years both in Israel and in communities worldwide.

For fourteen years Oded is designing customized educational trips in Israel for tourist as well as leading educational Jewish trips to Western Europe.

Miriam Levy, Program Developer & Marketing Director


Miriam Levy is our marketing director. She is a very experienced international networker. Miriam maintains ongoing contact with clients and partners all over the world. Miriam is a highly skilled communicator when it comes to people from various cultural backgrounds.

Previously, Miriam founded an international foundation supporting immigrant women in divorce situations. She worked as fundraising coordinator of a large international not-for-profit foundation.

Miriam studied history and information science at the Bar Ilan University in Israel and speaks fluently English, Dutch and Hebrew.

Naftalie Hershler, CEO & Master Storyteller


Naftalie has been working in the field of informal  education and technology for over 20 years. He is a serial entrepreneur in sustainable ventures, both for profit and not for profit. Naftalie is driven by vision, passion, creativity and social entrepreneurship. He is an expert in the fields of innovation, online marketing, digital media and learning and heritage interpretation, being active in these fields for over fifteen years. He is passionate about the impact and adoption of technologies and the power of technology to connect society, culture and business. Naftalie's passion is storytelling, turning each tour into an interactive experience.

Previously, Naftalie founded Noterik, developing audiovisual heritage software. He founded the Living Memories Foundation, specialized in large scale oral history projects. Naftalie co-founded Radio la Benevolencija, a NGO specialized in conflict prevention and trauma treatment. He studied law at the University of Amsterdam and speaks fluently English, Dutch and Hebrew. 

Hans Visser, Logistic Coordinator

Hans is responsible for the coordination of all the logistics for the tours. He has many years experience in the touristic industry in Europe. Hans is a typical Dutchman who works very precise and double checks every detail of our tours.

Hans studied tourism at the University of Wageningen and speaks fluently English, Dutch and German.


Tailor made community & family tours

We work closely with communities, families, schools, student organizations, temples and synagogues of all size and denomination to customize rewarding educational programs of Jewish cultural heritage in Europe. Each group’s specific goals and priorities are translated into a tailor made expedition with exciting activity modules. This personalized program is achieved through an ongoing dialogue with each of our clients to ensure that all of their needs are consistently met. Contact us if you are interested in a custom tailored tour.

Kosher food

We take pride in ensuring that our travelers experience top local foods while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws throughout the tour. All food is prepared under the strict supervision of trained supervisors. We make a great effort to insure that our travelers experience the local fare, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws.