Introduction 18 Jan 2018 - 29 Jan 2018
The Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities (FRJC)
Southern Africa through Jewish eyes™ 2018
In Support of the Jewish Community of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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.
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
Flushing, NY 11354
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
|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
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls Hotel
Cape Town: Radisson Blu le Vendome Hotel
Fast Facts12 Days / 11 Nights 11 guests
TravellersRabbi Sean Jensen Nadia Lukrawska Robert Ahronheim Judith Ahronheim Barbara Breger Shimonah Breger Michael Chapnick Lucille Chapnick Julie Chapnick Suzanne Chapnick Gerald Potash
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.