NYC 2017Travel Adventure
Origins, Evolution & Revolution
May 2 - 7, 2017
 co-sponsored by CBI, CSP & JCFOC
$1,150.00 per person (if register prior to December 15, 2016) 
Discounted price of $975 per person for CBI Benefactors and CSP Patrons

Arie Katz 
Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program 


Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM PDT
Sunday May 7, 2017 at 9:00 PM PDT

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New York, NY 
2130 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

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In our 16th year, the mission of the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program is to share the joy of Judaism, build community, and celebrate our Jewish heritage with a rich adult education program and unique family experiences. 

Whether we are picking apples for Rosh Hashana, celebrating Shabbat while camping, clapping along with Jewish Blues or Rock musicians, hosting a community-wide Shabbat Alive outdoors, learning with internationally-known scholars or making life-long Jewish friends at family and adult retreats, CSP has programs to offer for all ages.

 We ignite passion for Judaism!

 For more information about 

CSP, please call us at 
949.682.4040 or visit us at 


CSP is supported by an Impact Grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County and by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County.




NYC is the center of the Jewish American experience. It’s where American Judaism was born and where it matured. And now, it is where Judaism is being re-visioned. Join us on a 6 day walking/talking/eating/learning adventure to NYC (May 2-7, 2017) co-sponsored by the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (, Congregation B’nai Israel of Tustin ( and the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County (

From the Lower East Side to the Upper West Side, Harlem, Williamsburg, the Bronx and Queens, we will immerse ourselves in our ever-evolving history with the goal of learning about our origins as Jewish Americans and meeting American Jews who are working to revolutionize Judaism in order to insure that our story is one that still has many pages left to share with future generations.

Highlights will include: Jewish Community of Colonial New Amsterdam Walking Tour; Jewish Harlem; Upper East Side Synagogues, Architecture and Fashion; VIP Tour of 9/11 Memorial and meeting with Museum Director Alice Greenwald; Bronx Tales bus tour (visit the Coops, a former left wing cooperative in the East Bronx, the Amalgamated Houses built by the unions in the 1920s and the Sholem Aleichem Houses, cruise along busy Fordham Road, pass the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens. and down the Grand Concourse lined with Art Deco apartment buildings to Yankee Stadium, relax at lunch and shopping on Arthur Avenue); Original Cross-town Pizza Walk; private jazz salon in the Harlem home of a music doyenne; Williamsburg – The Land of Hipsters and Chasidim; Brooklyn Art Museum with Sharon Keller; Greenwood Cemetery with Urban Historian Justin Ferate; Private breakfast at Russ & Daughters Cafe; From Hamishe to Hip: Its Not Your Grandparent's Lower East Side; O! Multitudes! A History of Housing in Early NYC; Tenement Museum - Hard Times Tour and Discussion; East Village/ Tenement Chic North; Art, Sex and Rock & Roll: New York on the Cultural Edge; Otto Kahn Mansion Tour; Central Park Bike Tour; A Morning on Museum Mile with Marc Michael Epstein; Queens for a Day (including a visit to The Rebbe’s Ohel, Forest Hills Jewish Center time with Solomon Schechter and Boris Tomashefsky, Ice Cream at Mike & Minas); Second Hand Rose" – A Journey On and Off the Yiddish Rialto.

And yes, you will have time to catch a Broadway show!

**Warning, there will be LOTS of walking and exploring, and you will have to make some itinerary choices each day. Maximum Group size: 50 people. 

Cost covers all land programs starting Tuesday morning May 2nd and ending on Sunday evening May 7th (excluding optional Broadway shows), all food tours and food tastings, NYC map, and special January orientation; Meals included: Welcome dessert reception on May 2nd, Shabbat dinner May 5th, Shabbat Lunch May 6th and Closing dinner on May 7th. Not included: Airfare to NYC (book now for best rates or to use air-miles), transportation in NY (we will provide meeting points and times and recommend walking and use of Subway and cabs as appropriate), hotel/accommodation (see recommended list of hotels and book early to get best rates, or better yet, book your stay at a friend/relative). Please tell me if you would like an early arrivers add-on guided tour of Ellis Island with Urban Historian Justin Ferate on Monday May 1st in the morning (extra cost of $30 per person plus ferry fee).


Suggested Hotels:

The Beacon -

The Excelsior -

The New Yorker -

Casablanca -

The Edison -

The Library Hotel -

The Wellington -

The Larchmont (all shared bathrooms) -


**Cancellation Policy: Cancellation after December 15, 2016, Full Refund less $180 per person. Cancellation after January 15, 2017, Full Refund less $360 per person. After March 15, 2017, No Refund. Trip Insurance We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance and supplemental medical coverage (which covers preexisting conditions). Please note that most insurance policies require purchase within 14 days of your date of registration for the trip. Please note: We cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failure to secure adequate insurance coverage.