Travel as a Jewish Educational Tool

  • Erik H. Cohen
Part of the International Handbooks of Religion and Education book series (IHRE, volume 5)


This chapter briefly outlines some of the major sociological trends in the general field of educational travel, and then explores in depth the use of travel as an educational tool in contemporary Jewish education. Types of Jewish educational travel covered include tours to Israel from the Diaspora, Shoah-related tourism, visits to Jewish communities (past and present) in other Diaspora countries, Jewish summer camps, and Israeli travel within Israel and the Diaspora. Key challenges and issues in Jewish educational travel are discussed. Many parameters of the subject are addressed, including the impact of age, nationality, previous educational background, level of religiosity, the framework of the tour, and the role of the staff and the guides. Also explored are the ways that preconceived images of the destination and goals of the travel impact on the experience. The chapter draws on empirical research conducted by experts in the field of educational tourism, including recent research on specific educational programs. Directions for future research in the field are indicated.


Jewish Community Jewish Identity Israeli Society Jewish Education Travel Experience 
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I would like to thank Allison Ofanansky for helping me to organize and edit this manuscript.


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  1. 1.Bar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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