Get to know: "Sephardic Balkans - Jewish Heritage Tours"

Wednesday, June 16

USA 10:30 am PT / 1:30 pm ET

UK 6:30 pm / France 7:30 pm / Israel 8:30 pm

The talk will last approximately 60 minutes

About this talk

Join us for a dynamic virtual presentation of the Jewish heritage tours offered by Sephardic Balkans LLC. All trips are led by Dr. Joseph Benatov of the University of Pennsylvania, who will take you on a visual tour of the Jewish Balkans. We will focus in detail on the following three itineraries:

  • Jewish Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Trieste (Italy)
  • Jewish Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Greece
  • Jewish Romania, Serbia, and Szeged (Hungary)

Joseph will be available to answer any logistical questions, and if any of the tours look exciting to you, you can reserve a spot for summer 2022.

About Sephardic Balkans LLC: We offer intellectually invigorating Jewish heritage tours across the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Our primary focus is on the Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities of the region. In lands of the former Ottoman Empire - Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Thessaloniki (Greece), Sarajevo (Bosnia), and Belgrade (Serbia) - we encounter a strong Sephardic presence. In parts of northern Serbia, Romania, and Croatia, on the other hand, we speak about the predominantly Ashkenazi make-up of Jewish life. You will be traveling with an accompanying scholar, and you will also learn a lot from our highly professional local guides. On our trips we meet many local people, so you may well establish some meaningful new friendships. We also devote special attention to local cuisines and regional wine varietals, and you can expect to return home with a memorable food-and-wine experience.

About Joseph

Joseph Benatov holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He is originally from Bulgaria and a member of Sofia's Jewish community. Joseph has over 15 years of experience leading travelers across the Balkans, including UNESCO representatives, 92nd Street Y visitors, JDC board members, and Anti-Defamation League officials. He lectures regularly on the history of Jewish life in Bulgaria and on Balkan Sephardic culture. Every summer Joseph leads Sephardic trips to the Balkans. You can find out more at

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