New From World Jewish Travel: A Travel Advisory Page and Safe Alternatives to Traveling to Israel and the Diaspora
In response to the current travel advisories affecting Israel and the Diaspora, World Jewish Travel (WJT) is stepping up to ensure safe travel decisions while offering exciting alternatives for explorers. We're dedicated to helping travelers make informed choices and providing secure options to experience the richness of Jewish culture and heritage.
Recent geopolitical tensions have deeply impacted tourism worldwide, particularly Israel and Europe. This season, there's a noticeable drop in Christian tourism to cherished sites like Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. Likewise, Jewish tourism to Israel has dwindled, mostly limited to solidarity missions.
WJT is here to fill in the gaps. We've launched a Travel Advisory Page powered by updates from the Israel National Security Council. This tool equips travelers with the latest insights, featuring a color-coded risk map and country-specific risk ratings to help assess the safety of destinations.
Recognizing the need for innovation in uncertain times, we've curated alternative educational pathways to explore Jewish and Israeli culture, namely a Virtual Diaspora Portal, a Virtual Christian Israel Portal, and a WJT Scholar Portal. These pathways offer a safe yet immersive journey into the heart of Jewish traditions, bypassing the risks tied to physical travel.
Our Virtual Diaspora page provides a glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of global Jewish communities like Jewish Prague and Jewish Amsterdam. Meanwhile, the Virtual Israel page brings the cultural wealth of Israel straight to your home, offering a taste of the Holy Land, especially during the Christmas season. Additionally, on our YouTube channel, we've compiled a curated list of Christian virtual tours, extending the spectrum of experiences available to those seeking to explore Christian sites in Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem From their homes.
In our dedication to fostering learning and exploration, we've introduced the WJT Scholar page, offering a wealth of online educational opportunities. From insightful lectures about the origins of Jewish communities in Qesher to captivating tours of different Jewish iconic sites in various cities like Copenhagen, these resources aim to enrich your understanding of Jewish heritage.
Jack Gottlieb, Founder and CEO of World Jewish Travel, said, With the unprecedented threat faced by Jewish and Israeli travelers globally, along with the restricted travel to Israel, we’re pleased to be able to offer the Travel Advisory Map and access to an array of virtual alternatives. People can now virtually visit their favorite sites, take a tour or attend a lecture.