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  • 4 nights' accommodation (including breakfast) as shown below
  • 2 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking Jewish tour guides
  • 2 days of touring in Paris in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with local field representative
  • Local field representative accompanying the group in Paris throughout
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • 1 way ticket for the Thalys high speed train from Brussels to Paris
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: breakfastdaily
  • Portage at the hotels

Please Note: The program and hotels listed are subject to change.

 Itinerary to be confirmed and subject to change

Day One: Sunday, April 19, 2015

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, April 20, 2015

  • Arrive at Brussels International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Special field seminar with prominent Jewish journalist Brigitte Dreyfuss-Weberman, including the following:
    • Tour of Brussels, including some Muslim neighborhoods.
    • Visit to the Ganenu Jewish School & JCC.
    • Stop at the Jewish Museum, meet with CCOJB's former chairperson, Maurice Sosnowski, and newly elected chairperson Serge Rozen.
    • 4:00 p.m. Meet with representatives of the Belgian liberal Jewish communities, IJC and Beth Hillel, at Beth Hillel Synagogue
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Brussels

Day Three: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the train station.
  • Travel to Paris by high-speed train.
  • Tour Le Marais, the old Jewish neighborhood, originally known as the Juiverie. Walk through the Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the Jewish quarter or Pletzel; see where the old mikvah was; and an old Jewish school. Visit Foundation Roger Fleischman Synagogue and Synagogue Rue Pavee - also known as Agoudas Hakehelos Synagogue. Often referred to as “Old Paris,” Le Marais exudes old-world charm and modern-day functionality in the city's core. Cobblestone streets wind through Le Marais' dizzying network of hidden courtyards, provocative galleries, and ivy-covered boulangeries. The neighborhood's meticulously styled aesthetic of painted windowpanes and antique relics is not an accident. Le Marais was well kept by its once thriving Jewish population, and its recent incarnation as a gentrified, “hip” neighborhood keeps it trim and tailored.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • The Challenges Facing French Jewry Today: Meet with French Jewish leaders, including: Roger Cukierman, President of the Conseil Representatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF), the major umbrella organization of French Jewish Organizations, and Ariel Goldman, President of Fonds Social Juif Unifié  (FSJU), whose mission is to enable the Jewish community, in all its richness and diversity, to live as Jews in French society.
  • Continue to the Memorial de la Shoah to visit the museum and learn about educational initiatives to educate school children about bigotry, discrimination, and anti-Semitism. Meet with Éric de Rothschild, President of the Shoah Memorial, and Jacques Fredj, Directeur.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at Union Libérale Israélite de France ULIF with  Rabbi Pauline Bebe from Communaute Juive Liberale, Rabbi Tom Cohen from Kehilat Gesher and other Jewish leaders.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Four: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet with Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, one of the few women Rabbis in Paris. Rabbi Horvilleur is the Rabbi at MJLF, a Jewish liberal cultural and religious association affiliated to the World Union for Progressive Judaism.
  • Visit the mixed neighborhoods of Sarcelles and Creteil, Parisian suburbs where Jews and Muslims live side by side and where anti-Israel and anti-Semitic protests occurred over the summer. Visit the local synagogue and meet Rabbi Laurent Berros.
  • Meet with the acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy to France.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Meet with Diego Ornique, Head of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Europe, to learn about the work and programs they are doing in Europe with future leaders to strengthen the local Jewish communities. Hear from a panel of young leaders from throughout Europe (France, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, etc) who are building a strong, vibrant Jewish community in their home countries, despite the rising concerns.
  • Visit Synagogue de la Victoire/Grande Synagogue of Paris. Meet Jacques Canet, Synagogue President, and Rabbi Moshe Sebbag and other community leaders.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris
Day Five: Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Jewish Paris: past & present: Walking tour with Rabbi Tom Cohen from the Liberal congregation Kehilat Gesher
  • Meet with government officials and/or prominent intellectuals to speak about anti-Semitism, the French political situation, the Middle East Peace Process, Iran, and global terrorism.
  • Visit the Hyper Cacher, the kosher supermarket recently attacked by terrorists, and talk to residents of the area.
  • Meeting with Yossi Gal, Israel's Ambassador to France.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Special briefing on the Jewish Agency's work in France in response to the growing Aliyah of French Jews to Israel.
  • Visit the Nissim de Camondo Museum and learn about the tragic story of a wealthy Jewish family expelled from Spain in 1492. Their desperate search for freedom and a safe haven took them to Turkey, Italy and finally France in 1868. Their descendants, the last of the Camondos, were deported from France during World War II and murdered in Auschwitz.
  • Wrap-up discussion.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Six: Friday, April 24, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Paris International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.




Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

Not Included


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
  • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • For a group of 10 - 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the guide & $5 per participant per day for the driver
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the guide & $4 per participant per day for the driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess
      or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
    • In the case where a security guard and/or a youth counselor is included
      $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor

Additional Information


  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


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Important to Know
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  • By paying a deposit upon registration, you are agreeing to ARZA World terms.
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