A Personal Note from Rahel
India is a vast country of dramatic contrasts, extraordinary cultural richness, and religious diversity. Any visitor to India can choose from a wide array of tours. What distinguishes ours is its "insider's perspective."
I was born in Calcutta to a family with Baghdadi roots; I live in the United States today and speak widely about the Indian Jewish communities — always adding music wherever I go. My tour partner, Joshua Shapurkar, is a member of the Bene Israel community of Mumbai and has been leading general and Jewish tours for twenty-five years. Together we have an intimate knowledge of the Indian Jewish communities and close relationships with its members.
You, too, will be treated as part of our broader family. You will meet and interact with community members, enjoy local hospitality, experience India's magnificent cultural tapestry, and enjoy its rare Jewish treasures. We will attend Shabbat services together in Mumbai and Calcutta. I will lead services in the Baghdadi-Indian tradition in the Maghen David Synagogue, where my father was rabbi, and share my memories with you as we walk together through streets and bazaars. Our accommodations are deluxe — and you won't have to worry about meals or transportation in India: almost everything is included.
Please join us on this unforgettable adventure!
The itinerary was intense and exhilarating. Every day was special and we learned so much. Shabbat in Calcutta was extraordinary. We had a wonderful experience!
— Marilyn L., Long Beach, NY
I very much appreciated the thought and love that went into the organization and planning of this trip; it was a very soulful experience. There were so many highlights, from seeing my grandfather’s synagogue and gravestones to learning about Indian history and politics; spending time with people in the group, and getting a chance to see this incredible, beautiful, accepting, friendly and energetic country without ever having to worry about logistics. I am so impressed by how smoothly everything went — all I had to do was get on the bus!
— Joy D, Alexandria, VA