“Travel Education is more than luggage, tickets, and sightseeing. It is educational, fun, spiritual, and inspiring. It expands the mind and soul and deepens engagement with PAS and the Jewish people.”Rabbi Charlie Savenor, Director of Congregational Education
Travel from your living room!
Magic Carpet Mondays
VIRTUAL TRAVEL SERIES
With the globe as our classroom, PAS Travel Education not only offers engaging journeys, but also builds our community. Traveling with our clergy, educators, and world-class scholars, we reinforce our ties to Judaism and the Jewish people through reflection on the history and the present state of each destination.
This year, we will launch “Magic Carpet Mondays,” virtual travel experiences that will expand our understanding and connection to relevant locales, introduce us to dynamic guides personalities, and elevate our spirits through a taste of food, art, and architecture. Together we will explore the past and engage with the modern culture of destinations on the Jewish map.
Past Virtual Travels
A Virtual Tour of Auschwitz
Presented on Jun 21st, 2021
Rabbi Harry Pell
Taking place the day before the 80th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, viewers witnessed to a moving tour of Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
Two Continents, One City: A Tour of Istanbul
Presented on May 24th, 2021
From Hagia Sophia to the Blue Mosque, and from the Bosphorus to Istiklal Street, Istanbul is a city of many faces. What other city do you know that has been the capital of both a Christian and a Muslim empire?
Modern Egypt: Renaissance on the Nile?
Presented on Apr 12th, 2021
Dr. Benny Furst
Our second virtual visit to Egypt launches when Napoleon conquers the country in 1799 and continues through today.
Renaissance on the Nile
Our virtual visit to Egypt launches when Napoleon conquers the country in 1799 and continues through today. This dynamic era includes the rapid development of Cairo, discovery of the Ben Ezra Geniza, independence from British colonialism, and both war and peace with Israel.
The Dubai Frame
A Window into the UAE's Sites and Soul
In this virtual tour of the United Arab Emirates, Dan Feferman digs into the nation’s geopolitical, religious, and economic significance in the region and its position as one of Israel's newest peace partners. In addition to meeting some distinguished Emerati guests, we will learn how Dubai has transformed from a little Bedouin fishing village into the most vibrant metropolis of the 21st century in less than a generation.
Dan Feferman is an author, speaker, and researcher who focuses on Israel, the Jewish world, and the Middle East. The co-host of the Jewanced Podcast, Feferman is a fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute and a founding member of the UAE-Israel Business Council.
A Visit to Vilna
The Jerusalem of Lithuania
For our first Magic Carpet Monday, PAS traveled to Vilna, known as “the Jerusalem of Lithuania.” The enchanted city was once European Jewry’s intellectual, spiritual, and political capital. Our journey focused on the city's dynamic, painful, and rich history; the enduring legacy of the Vilna Gaon; and the sometimes-contentious contemporary rebirth taking place within the local Jewish community and the city now called Vilnius.
A Jewish Journey to Russia: Revolutions, Repression and Renaissance
PAS traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg in November 2019. with other adult learners of all ages. The trip was an opportunity to learn about Jewish history as well as contemporary Jewish life in Russia. Read co-chair Alison Abovsky's perspective on the trip.
A Look Back
Celebrating Israel at 70 and PAS at 136
Israel is a septuagenarian! In December 2018, PAS completed our largest trip to Israel with five tracks and over 450 members of the community! Relive memories from the trip on Facebook from the trip. Read about this historic mission in: