Trip Includes:

10 days, 9 nights (see full itinerary below)

Experienced Be’chol Lashon trip leaders and local Abayudaya guides

Ground transportation

Most meals, featuring local and international cuisine

Accommodations at 4-5 star hotels

Abayudaya Centennial Celebration and other program costs

Honored on Centennial Tree at Stern Synagogue in Nabagoye

Abayudaya Centennial Trip

Travel with Be’chol Lashon to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda!

Trip Highlights:

Learn about the political, religious and cultural diversity of Uganda.

Tour the Ugandan Parliament as special guests of Parliament member and Abayudaya spiritual leader Rabbi Gershom Sizomu.

Dip your feet in Lake Victoria, the source of the mighty Nile River.

Experience a Ugandan Shabbat while Rabbi Sizomu’s daughter becomes a Bat Mitzvah.

Eat, sing and dance with the entire Abayudaya community to celebrate 100 years of Judaism in Uganda.

Engage in discussions about Be’chol Lashon’s mission, Jews as a multicultural people, and identity politics in America.

Dates

June 23 – July 2, 2019

Want to participate but can’t travel to Uganda? See options. >

Cost

Leader: $10,000

– Includes a student scholarship

Supporter: $6,000

Friend: $3,600

– Special student and young adult fee

Deposit: $500 per person

Questions?

Please email us or call 415.386.2604.

Itinerary

Centennial Trip

Sunday, June 23

Day 1

Day 1

Begin your introduction to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, by flying into the famed Entebbe airport and staying in the nation’s capital, Kampala, ranked East Africa’s best capital city. Settle into your hotel room and then head out meet your fellow travelers and discuss the upcoming week over your first dinner in Uganda. Learn a few phrases in the local language, Luganda, and a few more in Uglish, a uniquely Ugandan-English dialect!

Monday, June 24

Day 2

Day 2

On your first full day, get your footing by exploring one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. Kampala, home to over 1.5 million, is the epicenter of the country’s diversity. Spend the day visiting Kampala’s cultural highlights, taking in the views from the Gaddafi Mosque overlooking the city. Taste the local cuisine and try a “rolex”—a rolled up chapati snack, not the watch—or order a luwumbo, a local meat stew made with, surprise, banana leaves.

Tuesday, June 25

Day 3

Day 3

Tour the Ugandan Parliament as personal guests of Parliament member and Abayudaya leader Gershom Sizomu. At night, enjoy the African and international cuisine of Kampala and get a taste for the nightlife of this rapidly developing city.

Wednesday, June 26

Day 4

Day 4

Depart Kampala in the morning and head east to Mbale, close to the border with Kenya. En route, stop for lunch in Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile River, and begin acclimating yourself to Ugandan life outside of Kampala. Board the bus again and arrive in Mbale to check into your well appointed hotel and head out to dinner in Mbale.

Thursday, June 27

Day 5

Day 5

Wake up in Mbale, the hub for the Abayudaya villages and home to the Abayudaya’s Tobin Health Center that has been so critical in improving healthcare in the community. Learn about the region, the history of the Abayudaya and current community development efforts. Take a challenging hike through the lush jungle to Sipi Falls and shop in Mbale’s bustling market as the community prepares for the Centennial festivities.

Friday, June 28

Day 6

Day 6

Wake up in Mbale, the hub for the Abayudaya villages and home to the Abayudaya’s Tobin Health Center that has been so critical in improving healthcare in the community. Learn about the region, the history of the Abayudaya and current community development efforts. Take a challenging hike through the lush jungle to Sipi Falls and shop in Mbale’s bustling market as the community prepares for the Centennial festivities.

Saturday, June 29

Day 7

Day 7

On Saturday, experience the uniqueness of a Ugandan Shabbat, made particularly special as Gershom’s daughter, Navaah, becomes a Bat Mitzvah. Celebrate with the Abayudaya community into the evening with dinner, music and dancing.

Sunday, June 30

Day 8

Day 8

On Centennial Sunday, wake up to a community buzzing with activity in preparation for the festivities. Meet community members from across the Abayudaya villages, dignitaries visiting to show their support and others who have travelled from far and wide to join the Abayudaya on this special day. Eat a communal lunch with thousands of other attendees, be entertained by dance troupes and experience the African penchant for grandiose speeches.

Monday, July 1

Day 9

Day 9

On Monday, depart to the shores of Lake Victoria outside Kampala for one last night at a beautiful resort conveniently located on the way to Entebbe airport. Reflect and relax before heading home, or to the next stop on your travels.

Tuesday, July 2

Day 10

Say farewell to your fellow travelers before being shuttled to Entebbe or heading out for your next stop in Uganda!

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Questions?

Please email us or call 415.386.2604.

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