Being retired means you have all the time in the world to do what you want-like traveling! But which places make for an unforgettable Jewish vacation? Let’s take a look:
Heritage Tour in Asia
Asia is full of diverse cultures, and there are even Jewish heritage sites in places you’d least expect. There are tours are led by rabbis that can provide in depth discussions on them. If you want, there is a 15-day tour take takes you to Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Burma.
Here are some notable places you must visit:
Singapore: Maegan Aboth- this synagogue offers Mikveh and serves as a school for more than a hundred students. They have kosher restaurants and serve Shabbat meals and catering services as well.
Myanmar: Musmeah Synagogue – this synagogue is the only and last standing synagogue in Burma which is also home to more than 120 Torah scrolls.
Thailand: Chiang Mai Temples – If you are into temples, then Chiang Mai is a place to visit. Home to over 300 temples, this city has temples dating 13th and 18th century old. The most famous is the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Senior Volunteering in Israel
Volunteering is not only for young people who want exposure. It is great for retirees too! If you want to have a meaningful vacation without worrying about lodging and accommodation, then volunteering abroad is for you.
Aside from having a unique experience, you can also apply your skills here too. Many organizations are always in need of doctors, social workers, lawyers, etc.
Here are some organizations that are looking for volunteers:
Pantry Packers – This is great for tourists who are in the country for a short time. Pantry Packers distributes foods to families and senior citizens in Israel that belong to poor communities.
Skilled volunteers for Israel – This is perfect for retirees who still want to put their skills to good use. Skilled volunteers for Israel invites professional North American and British Jews to volunteer in Israel in a limited-term volunteer engagement.
Kosher River Cruise in Europe
Europe is a known destination for Jewish travel tours, including kosher river cruises. Many of these are all-inclusive luxury cruises that even have synagogues on board. Moreover, their programs include educational heritage tours. They also have well-known rabbis and scholars on board that hold lectures and discussions
The glatt kosher meals being served are also strictly supervised. This is perfect for those who want to keep kosher on their travels.
Going on a vacation is sure a lot of fun, but it would better if you also gain unique and memorable experiences, and. And since you have the luxury of time, you can have a more carefree and relaxed trip.