PACIFIC DELIGHT DEBUTS TOKAYER HERITAGE TOURS EXPLORING DIASPORA COMMUNITIES OF THE FAR EAST THROUGH JEWISH EYES™
After launching kosher Jewish interest tours of India and Southeast Asia in partnership with Rabbi Marvin Tokayer and the Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities (FRJC), Pacific Delight Tours (www.PacificDelightTours.com) will debut its inaugural ‘Tokayer heritage tours’ based upon the 35-year proven itineraries created by Rabbi Tokayer. Departing July 1, 2018, Journey Home: Japan and China Through Jewish Eyes™ will be led by Rabbi Tokayer’s son, Dr. Amiel Tokayer, who was born and raised in Japan and has led a number of Jewish tours to the Far East.
Other upcoming ‘heritage tours’ include Exotic Far East, visiting Mongolia, Manchuria, Siberia and South Korea, from Aug. 4-19, 2018, as well as India My 2nd Home, a tour of Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata and Delhi, from Jan. 16-29, 2019, led by Professor Nathan Katz, one of the world’s leading experts on India and Jewish India.
Journey Home: Japan and China Through Jewish Eyes™ features important highlights of Japan and China including Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, magnificent temples and gardens in Kyoto, the Terra Cotta Warriors of China’s first emperor in Xi’an, and more. The tour also delves into the fascinating Jewish Diaspora communities in China and the intriguing, yet little known history of Jews in Japan including a memorable private concert by the Japanese Hebrew Choir in Kyoto.
“Few people are aware of the deep and historic Jewish connection to the Far East,” states Dr. Tokayer. “Participants will learn the role Japan played in saving 20,000 Jewish lives during the Holocaust,” said Tokayer, and experience fascinating presentations by noted authors and experts including Professor Pan Guang, author of The Jews in Shanghai and director for the Shanghai-based Center for Jewish Studies, and others.
The tour features five-star deluxe hotels including the Hotel Nikko Princess in Kyoto, Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, Capital Hotel in Beijing, Shangri-La Hotel in Xi’an, and Grand Millennium Shanghai HongQiao.
The fully-escorted tour is available from $8,888 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes international group airfare from New York (JFK) via Japan Airlines, deluxe hotel accommodations, intra-Asia flights and transportation including bullet trains in Japan and China, all meals (in accordance with kosher dietary laws), expert lectures, meetings with local Jewish communities in Japan and China, enticing cultural sightseeing and events, English-speaking local guides, hotel taxes and service charges, and all gratuities throughout the duration of the trip. Passport application and visa processing fees are additional.
The tour cost includes a $900 per person tax-deductible donation to FRJC, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational charity devoted to preserving and promoting the underserved remote Jewish communities on the periphery of the Diaspora. Since its inception in 2003, FRJC has distributed more than $1 million for Jewish libraries, scholarships and sustainable farming projects in those endangered Jewish communities. Learn more at www.frjc.org