A Jewish Vacation in the Arba Kehilot

by Kosher River Cruise Kosher Tour Operator
France is as rich in Jewish history as it is in Van Gogh paintings. Home to almost half a million Jews, France has adopted Jews since the first century. After their expulsion in the 14th century, they found refuge in what is now called in the Jewish world as Arba Kehillot or The Four Communities. 

The Jews that lived in the Arba Kehillot developed a local dialect that was a combination of their roots and their new-found home, a Judeo-Provencal dialect called Shuadit. 

Other than that, the Jews in this community developed their own spin on Jewish traditions and became known throughout the other Jewish communities in Europe. 

Curious to know what a Jewish vacation in the Arba Kehillot looks like? Here's the point-of-view from a kosher cruise.

Wake Up to the Majestic Rhône

Your cabin on a riverboat cruise has an unrestricted view on one of Europe's most significant rivers. This river is the backbone of France's agriculture and energy industries, as well as its tourism, and transportation. 

Having a picnic while you cruise along the Rhône is a gift that keeps on giving. Picture it: you and your significant other, relaxing on the boat, breathing in the fresh air, and being served the finest wine onboard. 

Enjoy a Matzo near the Avignon Synagogue

When you say Jewish Provence, you have to include Avignon in the list. With religious services being held daily, the synagogue in Avignon is full of life. 

The original synagogue was built in the 13th century, tested by time, and eventually got its most needed reconstruction in 1846.

Whenever you pay the Avignon Synagogue a visit, make sure you don't leave without swinging by the matzo bakery and enjoy some treats. The quaint Jewish quarter that faces the Palais des Papes was home to a thousand Jews. 

Maybe a Refreshing Melon Down in Cavaillon

From a very busy synagogue to an inactive one, the next best destination is the synagogue of Cavaillon. This small and inactive synagogue is still preserved because of its generously ornate nature. 

This particular commune in France is known for its melons. Refusing to enjoy one while you're in the area is to miss the local taste that you can't find anywhere else. 

Finally, complete your Jewish vacation in Cavaillon and Jewish Provence by heading over to the synagogue's basement to look at the museum located in it. There you can find scrolls from the Torah and other historical artifacts. 

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