Benjamin of Tudela was a medieval Spanish Jewish Rabbi, traveler and explorer. In his journey he passed through large swathes of Europe, Asia, and Africa. His vivid descriptions of Asia preceded those of Marco Polo by one hundred years. With his broad education and vast knowledge of languages, Benjamin of Tudela was a major figure in the history of geography and Jewish history.
While Benjamin of Tudela described his thirteen years abroad in a book, The Voyages of Benjamin, we will learn first-hand about a similar modern-day voyage with Rabbi Arthur Starr who recently served as Rabbi on a cruise around the world. Each week on the ship, Rabbi Starr taught passengers about the Jewish communities that would be visited in the days ahead. He will share his research and experiences including fascinating facts of Jewish life in surprising locations.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting with Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $3 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.
Masks are optional.