August 31-September 8, 2020

               Led by Prof. Shalom Sabar and Dr. Kathy Aron-Beller

The seminar seeks to analyse the background of Franco-German Jewry, known as Ashkenazi Jewry. Its roots go back to the ninth century when small communities of wealthy and learned Jews with their entourage settled in the Rhineland and northern France. They were treated as favored immigrants from Italy, Provence and Spain. The tiny communities of Franco-Germany grew to become centers of commerce and finance, and above all, seats of Jewish learning. Major themes in the seminar include: the study of the Torah and Talmud which reached its peak in the XI-XIIIth centuries, Rashi and the Tossafists, Hasside Ashkenaz, persecutions and massacres from the First Crusade to the 1348 Black Plague and the eventual expulsions. Our visit will take us to important Jewish sites in Alsace, Lorraine and the Rhineland.


Mon                 Arrive in Zurich and transfer to Strasbourg, the intellectual and

Aug 31              cultural capital of Alsace.

                         Late afternoon orientation in the hotel.

                         Kosher dinner                                                                                                                         STRASBOURG


Tue                   Lecture: The Defining Characteristics of the Jews of Ashkenaz, K.Aron-Beller

Sep 01              Lecture: The Heroic Age of Ashkenazi Jewry as reflected in Illuminated Hebrew Manuscripts from

                          Medieval France and Germany, S. Sabar

                          City sightseeing tour of Strasbourg.

                          Visit the synagogue.

                          Go by boat via the canals.

                          Tour the Petite-France and continue to the visit the Cathedral.                                       STRASBOURG


Wed                  We travel to Worms in the Rhineland to visit the grave of R. Meir of Rothenburg, the great religious leader

Sep 02             of Ashkenazi Jewry in the thirteenth century. 

                         The synagogue we visit was the place where great and famous rabbis,  including Rashi, prayed and studied.                             Worms suffered severely during the massacres of the First Crusade.

                          Packed kosher lunch.

                          In the afternoon we will visit Speyer to see the Jewish Quarter and the well preserved medieval mikve.                                                                                                                                                                                      STRASBOURG

Thu                   Lecture: Daily Life in the Rhineland: Economics and Family Life,  K. Aron-Beller 

Sep 03              Lecture:  Jewish Folk Art and Traditions of Alsace, S. Sabar

                          Travel to Traenheim to visit the hidden synagogue.           

                          Continue to Obernai, the site of the 18th century synagogue.

                          Packed kosher lunch.

                          Travel to Colmar to visit the 19th century synagogue and tour the old medieval city paying attention

                           to the quarters of Poissonerie and Petite Venise.                                                               STRASBOURG


Fri                      Lecture: The Hasidai Ashkenaz Experience, K.Aron-Beller

Sep 04              Lecture: Jewish Rituals in Christian Eyes: Illustrated “Ethnographies” on Jewish Life

                           by German Hebraists, S. Sabar

                          Travel to Bischeim, a suburb of Strasbourg, which contains a mikve and synagogue from the          

                           Middle Ages as well as a local museum with Jewish objects from the area.                     STRASBOURG

                           Shabbat Services and kosher dinner.                                                                                              


Sat                     Shabbat services.

Sep 05              Lecture:  Jewish-Christian Exchange, K. Aron-Beller

                           Kosher lunch. 

                           Visit the Musée Alsacien.                                                                                                        STRASBOURG 


Sun                    Lecture: Expulsion and Beyond: The Case of Strassbourg, K.Aron-Beller

Sep 06              Lecture: Das Schuletragen - Carrying the Wimpel to the Synagogue: A  Special Custom and its

                           Artistic Development, S. Sabar

                           Travel to Nancy, capital of Lorraine, which is considered one of the most refined and

                           attractive cities in France.

                           Visit the old city with its gilded Central Square and cream color buildings. 

                           Packed kosher lunch.

                           Visit the synagogue.

                           Continue to Metz where we visit the synagogue.                                                                  STRASBOURG


Mon                   Lecture: Creating Communities: The Jews of Alsace, K.Aron-Beller                                                                     Sep 07               Lecture: Between Germany and Alsace: Jewish Life in the Works of Moritz Oppenheim                       

                           and Alphonse Levy,  S. Sabar

                           Travel north to Haguenau situated on the edge of a major forest to see its Jewish quarter and synagogue.

                           Proceed to Pfaffenhoffen to visit the 18th century synagogue.

                           Packed kosher lunch.

                          Travel to Bouxviller where there are fine examples of original  timbered buildings.                 

                           We will visit the Alsace Jewish Museum, which is housed in a former synagogue.

                           Continue to Ingwiller to visit a synagogue from 19th century.

                           Farewell dinner in a kosher restaurant.                                                                                  STRASBOURG


Tue                     Transfer to the Zurich airport for departure

Sep 08


                                          PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE



Prof. Shalom Sabar,      Depts of  Jewish and Comparative Folklore and Art, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Dr. Kathy Aron-Beller,    Lecturer in Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University 

Price for land arrangements only:  Euro 2705 per person in a double room

                                                     ***EARLY REGISTRATION BY Oct 31, 2019:  Euro 2655 per person in a double room***

Single supplement: Euro 565

                                                     Price is based on minimum participants

Price for airfare from Israel: USD 570

                                                     (Based on airfares in effect at time of publication and subject to change)

                                                      People joining us from abroad should try to meet us at the hotel in Strasbourg

Deposit:   Euro 650 with registration, of which Euro 350 is non-refundable.


Remainder of payment is to be paid by May 1, 2020   Please register promptly as our trips fill quickly.                                                         




         HOTEL GOLDEN TULIP, Strasbourg

         9 Rue Des Magasins

         Tel: +33.388.101047

         4 stars, A/C, wifi, safe, minibar,fitness room,

         Swimming pool and spa               


                 HOTEL SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Cancellation fees:                                                  

                   Feb 1-Mar 14, 2020.…..………….............15%

                   Mar 15-May 14, 2020…... …….................30%

                   May 15-July 14, 2020…..……..............….50%

                   July 15, 2020-Departure.…….………..…100%                


      Trip includes:                                                                                                                                                                                           

  • Lectures by Prof. Shalom Sabar and Dr. Kathy Aron-Beller

  • JHS Tour Escort

  • Local English speaking tour guide

  • 8 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel with daily buffet breakfast

  • Meals according to the itinerary

  • Local transport by a tourist bus

  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not included in the price:   

  • Obligatory health and cancellation travel insurance 

  • Tips (Euro 80)

  • Visa fees (if needed)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Program subject to change:  All rights are reserved by Jewish Historical Seminars to make

staff substitutions if necessary and/or make changes to the program and conditions as

required by force majeure, including cancellation of the trip at any time due to drastic

changes in the situation. Participants are reminded that weather conditions cannot be

predicted and cancellations or changes to visits may be unavoidable.


Further information:      Contact Debbie Zuberi:  Tel: 972.2.534.5191 or  972-54.2212503

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                                         The trip is run in conjunction with Diesenhaus Jerusalem,                             

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