3000 Years of Jewish India

11 Nights/12 Days
• Mumbai, Cochin, and the Backwaters of Kerala
January 22 – February 2, 2017

Two Post Tour Extensions
• Taj Mahal & Golden Triangle
• Exotic Khajuraho & Holy Varanasi

Picture yourself in southern India, the only place on the planet where Jews have always lived in peace. It’s a beautiful, cool night, and you are walking in the footsteps of the Jews who first arrived as spice traders 3000 years ago, and settled there 2,000 years ago.

Today you can still explore their centuries old synagogues, traditions, and neighborhoods. Perhaps you are on a private, luxurious houseboat making your way through misty canals and the serene waterways known as “the Backwaters.”

With more time, continue on to the Taj Mahal and the Golden Triangle, explore exotic Khajuraho, spend an extra weekend in Mumbai, visit still more wonders of southern India … or head for a mountain retreat or one of the world’s top beaches.

Meet Your Experts

Your Hosts

Iris and Howard Burkat
Iris and Howard Burkat

Iris Burkat and Howard Burkat, Managing Partners of Burkat Global, LLC, have traveled to more than 60 countries. Burkat Global was born out of this passion for travel and their professional marketing and services development experience in New York’s high-end travel, personal finance and entertainment industries.

Burkat Global’s first tour, 3000 Years of Jewish India, in January 2014, grew out of many trips to India over more than 30 years, and one very special visit to Jerusalem and the Israel Museum’s Cochin synagogue installation that sparked their interest in Jewish India.

Your Scholar in Residence

Dr. Weil discussing the history of this synagogue in Mumbai.
Dr. Weil discussing the history of this synagogue in Mumbai.

Unique to Burkat Global, Dr. Shalva Weil, senior researcher at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, will be the scholar in residence for our 2017 tour, traveling with us and teaching our group.

In the United States, Dr. Weil has lectured at Stanford University and Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. Throughout, Dr. Weil will share her decades of research, knowledge and experiences living among the Bene Israel Jews in India as well as the Indian Jewish community in Israel.

Working with Dr. Weil, Burkat Global will supply pre-tour reading and video lists, maps and timelines to help prepare you to get the most out of your 3000 Years of Jewish India journey. We do promise though… there will be no quizzes.

Your Tour Director/Guides

Your tour director throughout was born and raised in Mumbai as a Bene Israeli Jew and has been working as a licensed tour guide for the past 23 years. Specializing in Jewish tours he has worked with many elite Jewish groups like the UJA Canada, the Jewish Museum of New York, the Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Historical Society of Hong Kong. In addition to Jewish history, he specializes in Indian antiquity and religions.

Your special guide in Mumbai was born and brought up as a Bene Israeli Jew. With a passion for guiding, she has been leading groups for eight years to rave reviews. She has led many Jewish groups (including previous 3000 Years of Jewish India tours) around Mumbai and its outskirts.

Our 2014 groupWho Should Go On This Trip?

This trip is for everyone, of any background. Our travelers have ranged in age from 23 to 80. They have been Jews and non-Jews, mobile and less mobile, from across the United States, Germany, the UK, Canada, and Israel.

There is as much walking as you want, but there is always a handy tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) available if you prefer to ride.

You will meet interesting people and make great friends!

Read more: Tour Highlights


Questions? Contact Iris at iburkat@burkatglobal.com 

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