June 2003, I pioneered my first Bar/Bat Mitzvah Jewish Family Heritage
Tour to Spain. It was a memorable trip, exceeding everyone's expectations.
Reform Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service takes place in Barcelona in a newly
discovered synagogue in the medieval "call." The synagogue
was hidden for centuries under the basement of a 17th century building
and recently excavated. Beth Cole, of Cherry Hill, NJ, who traveled
with her family on our trip, wrote: "It was inspirational to
be present for this lifecycle event in this Synagogue, hundreds
of years after the Jewish people were expelled from Spain."
Jews are rediscovering their long history on the Iberian Peninsula,
where an extraordinary Jewish Culture flourished in the Middle Ages.
(until the "Expulsion" in 1492). The "Golden Age"
of Spanish Judaism, produced scholars, philosophers, doctors and
poets, among them, Maimonides (Rambam), Shlomo Gabirol, and Yehuda
Halevi. On the tour you visit the Juderias of Seville and Cordoba,
the interesting Jewish Museum within the "Call" (the Jewish
Quarter) in Girona and the medieval Synagogues of Toledo.
will find Spain rich in history, culture and sights of great beauty
from rolling olive-treed hills, to white, sandy beaches. See Roman
bridges, Moorish palaces like the Alhambra and Alcazar, Gaudi's
amazing Art Nouveau architecture and the art of Picasso, Miro, Dali
and others. Feast on Spain's varied regional cuisine (taste the
tapas) and famous wines. In the evening watch fiery flamenco dancers
or stroll through plazas filled with statues, fountains and friendly
is a unique and exciting destination for Bar/Bat Mitzvah families
who are looking for a memorable, fun filled vacation encompassing
are offered to suit your dates and budget.