Trip Summary 18 Jan 2018 - 29 Jan 2018

The Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities (FRJC)

presents

Southern Africa through Jewish eyes™ 2018

In Support of the Jewish Community of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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Visiting

Bulawayo - Hwange National Park - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) & Cape Town (South Africa)

18 - 29 January 2018

12 Days / 11 Nights

Limited to 24 Persons

Escorted by Rabbi Sean Jensen of Great Neck, New York

Special Invitation from Rabbi Marvin Tokayer

Founder, The Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities

Many years ago, I had the good fortune and privilege of being sent to Japan to be the Rabbi of the Jewish Communities of the Far East. My stay lasted more than 10 years during which time I discovered an unknown Jewish experience that was written out of history and never taught in the West. That unknown Jewish experience in the Far East goes back thousands of years.

Upon returning to the US, I began lecturing, writing and taking people on trips to Japan, China, Southeast Asia and other remote areas of the world and in 2003, I created the Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with the sole purpose of preserving these precious communities that exist on the periphery of the Diaspora. It is a public charity that has collected and given away more than $1 Million to help the communities in Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Siberia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and others.

In the summer of 2017, I will be leading a trip that includes visiting the Jewish autonomous region of Birobidjan, in Eastern Siberia. I thought it could not get more remote than that. I was wrong! In central Southern Africa, there exists an even more remote, more at risk Jewish community, in Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia), called Bulawayo.

In addition to the Jewish experience in Zimbabwe and South Africa, this journey will also visit spectacular Victoria Falls, a magnificent game reserve in Hwange, and cosmopolitan Cape Town, the precious jewel of South Africa which I visited a number of times, both before and after the end of Apartheid.

An African proverb states: you haven't lived until you see an elephant and a lion closeup! Every wise and seasoned traveller must experience a safari. A safari is the icing on the traveller's cake... a never to be forgotten experience... a photographer's dream... and you'll have this experience at a superb game reserve in Zimbabwe.

This is truly a trip of a lifetime, and an opportunity to help preserve the remote Jewish community of Bulawayo. You will love meeting them.

Trip Leader: Rabbi Sean Jensen

Rabbi Sean Jensen is the Director of Student Life at the North Shore Hebrew Academy and the Youth Director of the Great Neck Synagogue. For over 25 years he has led many missions to Israel, Poland and the Far East.

Jensen has traveled to over 20 countries. Inspired by Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, Jensen brings a Jewish historical component to each of the trips he leads. In 1999, he and Rabbi Tokayer led a mission to Poland which was monumental. During that trip, parcels of land originally owned by Jews before the Holocaust were returned to Jewish hands and a beautiful synagogue in Oswecium-Aushwitz was rededicated.

No stranger to travel and with an energy and excitement stemming from a quest for knowledge and Jewish history, he is eager to share his experience and passion for travel on this remarkable mission to Southern Africa.

FRJC - The Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities

A 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational charity dedicated to preserving and promoting the endangered Jewish communities on the periphery of the Diaspora.

Since it was founded in late 2003, FRJC has contributed more than $1,000,000 to Jewish schools, libraries, synagogues and other Jewish institutions, in Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. This support makes a world of difference to the survival of these endangered outposts that are beneath the radar of traditional Jewish charities.

www.frjc.org

HOW TO BOOK

To Register for the Program

Initial Payment: $2,000 per person tax deductible donation payable to FRJC.

You will receive a confirmation kit including tax receipt, plus trip cancellation

and travel insurance application, reading list, visa instructions and more.

2nd Deposit Due Jul 18: $2,000 p.p. Please make checks payable to Lotus Tours.

Balance Due Oct 18: you will be invoiced for the balance including the prevailing air taxes

For more information and to register for this program, contact:

The Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities (FRJC)

c/o Lotus Tours, Ltd.

136-18 39th Ave

Suite 1102

Flushing, NY 11354

Tel: (212)267-5414

Fax: (212)267-0940

info@lotustours.us

Cancellations & refunds: cancellation charges protect tour fares for other participants and cover non-refundable deposits and expenses incurred on behalf of the group; trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.

Initial donation and deposit are non-refundable but will be applied toward the balance.

Cancellation between Oct 18-Nov 17: 75% of the balance is refundable

Between Nov 18-Dec 17: 25% of the balance is refundable

After Dec 17: no refund

Accommodation Destination Arrive Duration
Overnight Travel 18 Jan 2018 1 night
Holiday Inn Bulawayo Bulawayo 19 Jan 2018 2 nights
The Hide Hwange National Park 21 Jan 2018 2 nights
Victoria Falls Hotel Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 23 Jan 2018 2 nights
Radisson Blu le Vendome Hotel Cape Town 25 Jan 2018 3 nights
Overnight Travel 28 Jan 2018 1 night

Bulawayo: Holiday Inn Bulawayo

Hwange National Park: The Hide

The Hide New A Frame Ariel view of The Hide and our water hole The Underground Hide

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls Hotel

Front View Stables Signature Afternoon Tea

Cape Town: Radisson Blu le Vendome Hotel

Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel Business Suite #add Restaurant & Pool

Fast Facts

12 Days / 11 Nights 24 guests

Price

Program Costs, including round-trip group economy airfare
via South African Airways from New York JFK:

$6,495* p.p. double occ, plus $2,000 tax deductible donation = $8,495*
(*plus taxes and fuel surcharge in effect at time of ticketing)

Super Early Bird Discount: reserve by June 18, deduct $360 p.p.

Early bird discount: reserve by July 18, deduct $180 p.p.

Group discount if over 20 persons: deduct an additional $100 p.p

To Register for the Program
Initial Payment: $2,000 per person tax deductible donation payable to FRJC.
You will receive a confirmation kit including tax receipt, plus trip cancellation
and travel insurance application, reading list, visa instructions and more.
2nd Deposit Due Jul 18: $2,000 p.p. Please make checks payable to Lotus Tours.
Balance Due Oct 18: you will be invoiced for the balance including the prevailing air taxes
For more information and to register for this program, contact:
The Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities (FRJC)
c/o Lotus Tours, Ltd.
136-18 39th Ave
Suite 1102
Flushing, NY 11354
Tel: (212)267-5414
Fax: (212)267-0940
info@lotustours.us
Cancellations & refunds: cancellation charges protect tour fares for other participants and cover
non-refundable deposits and expenses incurred on behalf of the group;
trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
Initial donation and deposit are non-refundable but will be
applied toward the balance.
Cancellation between Oct 18-Nov 17: 75% of the balance is refundable
Between Nov 18-Dec 17: 25% of the balance is refundable
After Dec 17: no refund

Includes:

All this is included

* Round- trip airfare from New York JFK via South African Airways
* Internal flight from Victoria Falls to Cape Town
* Superior accommodations in Bulawayo, within close walking distance of the synagogue
* Deluxe accommodations in Hwange Game Reserve, Victoria Falls and Cape Town
* Hotel buffet breakfast daily plus all lunches and dinners at/by the synagogue, in kosher
or vegetarian restaurants, or double wrapped fish at the hotel
* Comprehensive sightseeing via chartered coach with English speaking guide
* Cultural events and meetings with the Jewish communities of Bulawayo and Cape Town
* Morning and evening game drives via 4x4 vehicles with experienced game trackers
* All entrance and park fees
* All hotel and lodge taxes and service

Not included: passport and visa fees, items not on the table d'hote menus of included meals; phone/fax/internet; laundry and dry cleaning, purchases from the inroom minibar; and items of a personal nature.

Bulawayo: Holiday Inn Bulawayo

Hwange National Park: The Hide

The Hide New A Frame Ariel view of The Hide and our water hole The Underground Hide

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls Hotel

Front View Stables Signature Afternoon Tea

Cape Town: Radisson Blu le Vendome Hotel

Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel Business Suite #add Restaurant & Pool