KIVUNIM believes that the future leadership of the Jewish people must become better informed and more comfortable with the broader world in which we live. At the same time, we must become more knowledgeable about our own international roots and come to a deeper appreciation of the cultures and traditions that have actually created the Jewish people of today.
KIVUNIM often begins its travel program in Greece at the Parthenon working our way up through Chalkida, the capital of the island of Euboea, the historic Oracle at Delphi, the massive monoliths of Meteora, the charming old Jewish quarter of Veria and finally the magnificent port city of Saloniki in northern Greece... and then on to Skopje, Macedonia and finally Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. While exploring the cultures, politics and histories of these countries, KIVUNIM begins a year-long examination of majority/minority, God and gods, language and longevity, nation and nationalism and a massive dose of art, culture and “big ideas.”
Other trips will take students to Morocco including Casablanca, Fes, Marrakesh, Taroudant, Arazane, Quarzazat, Erfoud, Errashadiya, Telouet and Merzouga for the Great Sahara (and points in-between). Students will also assist in the reconstruction of a 500 year old adobe synagogue during their stay. Later in the year they will journey to Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Sevilla and Cordoba in Spain and then on to Istanbul and Izmir in Turkey; to Berlin, Prague and Budapest in Central Europe and end the year in India visiting Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai, Alibaug, and either Cochin or Dharamshala.
Each trip is intensive, with a program on-the-ground prepared by experienced historians and travelers and geared to maximizing our 12-14 days periods to the maximum. In addition to obvious and normal tourist sites, KIVUNIM has arranged for unique and special experiences with fascinating artists, journalists, academics, poets, and the like in each country that we visit. It is through the human encounter that we learn the most about ourselves and the "other."