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The Melton Travel Experience: Remarkable Journeys of Heart and Mind

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Melton Travel Seminars have been delighting adults looking for an enriching travel experience for over two decades. With texts in hand, we explore the sites and landscapes of Jewish life in Israel, Italy, Poland Spain, Berlin and Prague* in order to gain new insight and a deeper understanding of the Jewish past, present and future. Born out of the scholarship of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Melton Travel Seminars provide the most comprehensive and multi-layered touring seminars in the Jewish world. Whether you are interested in walking in the footsteps of our matriarchs and prophets, or you want to grapple with the major events of the 20th century, the learning of a Melton Travel Seminar cannot be matched!

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Seminars in Israel

Old-New Land: Herzl's Dream Revisited — Scratch below the surface, to uncover the age-old challenges that have to be addressed by a modern Jewish state. Subjects examined include social, religious, ethnic and legal issues, all within the context of ancient and modern texts. The seminar is designed to neatly supplement our "Wrestling With the Angels" seminar, but also stands alone for those keen on encountering contemporary Israel. 
For a complete itinerary, choose a date: November 2018   |   December 2018   |   May 2019

Biblical In-Sites — You think you know the story... until you study it at the very places mentioned, and the scene and scenery make you reread it and bring it alive! We encounter patriarchs and matriarchs, kings, prophets, soldiers and judges - and the land itself! – as we study Tanakh on site, discussing the text and its implications, with insights gained from being in the locations described in the Biblical text. This seminar visits sites not encountered in previous seminars, to further weave a rich tapestry in exploring the land and its narratives.
For a complete itinerary: February/March 2019   |   July 2019

Within Borders — Melton's popular and acclaimed Scholars Curriculum, Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict, forms the basis for our latest Israel Seminar: Within Borders, taking us to sites and areas pivotal to our understanding of the emergence and development of the conflict. Texts all take on new meaning from the insights gained through on-site encounters. Over the course of 10 days we go "From Dan unto Beer Sheva" - and many places in between - exploring the background to the establishment of the State of Israel and the challenges faced with her neighbors. 
For a complete itinerary, choose a date: October 2018   |   March 2019

Wrestling with the Angels — The natural choice for your first seminar with Melton - even if you have visited Israel previously - providing new depth and understanding. The seminar takes participants along a 3,800-year timeline of the land and its narratives, from the world of Abraham to contemporary Israeli society. A variety of texts serves to bring the sites alive and provide an opportunity to explore pivotal moments in the history of the Jews in the land of Israel.
New dates coming soon. View a sample itinerary.


Seminars in Europe

Greece: “A Journey Through the Ages” — With magnificent Greece as the setting, this Melton Travel Seminar will explore the place of Jews and Judaism over two millennia in that great center of Western civilization. The striking Greek landscapes will be a match for the panorama of Jewish history as we explore the ancient culture clash between Athens and Jerusalem; Jewish settlements dating back 2200 years; the flourishing of Ladino culture following the expulsions from Spain and Portugal; the uniquely Jewish character of pre-Shoah Salonika; and the impact of the Holocaust on all of Greek Jewry. Join us for this unique Journey of Heart and Mind in one of the most fascinating and scenic countries in the world. 
For a complete itinerary:  October 2018   |   May 2019

Prague & Berlin: "A Tale of Two Cities" — We will follow the trajectories of these great and beautiful cities, each in its time playing a unique role in Jewish life, and both succumbing to the great madness that almost led to the destruction of European Jewry. The seminar explores the ways that each city has dealt with its past, dealing also with political change and reintegrating into the surrounding societies: Berlin has become the symbolic phoenix of European Jewish life, while Prague allows us access to the precious legacy of central European Jewish life, ironically due to the Nazis' intention to create a Museum of the Extinct Jewish Race. 
For a complete itinerary: April 2019

Italy: "God's Island of Dew" — "God's Island of Dew" explores this most fascinating community two thousand years after the exile by Rome. For centuries, during both imperial times and the Renaissance, Italy was at the center of European development, and even until the rise of Fascism and the events of the Second World War, modern Italy had a place for its Jews in its burgeoning political life. The seminar allows for an engagement with Jewish and Italian history and culture in ways that only Melton can offer! 
New dates coming soon. View a sample itinerary.


Seminars in Europe & Israel

Between Poland & Israel: Where Did God Dwell?  — At the start of the twentieth century, Poland’s Jewish community was the greatest in the world, having grown and developed over a full millennium. This seminar visits a number of pivotal locations in Poland and Israel, tracing the outlines of a critical chapter in the history of the Jewish people from Medieval times through to the Shoah and considering its central role in the development of the Yishuv (Palestine) and the State of Israel. 
New dates coming soon. View a sample itinerary.

Spain & Israel — Sefarad, Then and Now... Iberia served as the setting for one of the most remarkable chapters in Jewish history: that of Sefarad, embracing tragedy and great creative powers alike. The great poets, thinkers and statesmen of Sefarad help raise critical questions for us: when do Jews flourish? What ties do we have as a minority with the surrounding cultures? What happens when Jews are themselves a majority culture? The seminar explores these issues, both in southern Spain and in Israel. 
New dates coming soon. View a sample itinerary.


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