Here is a further update for our trip to Tunisia.
I called the Chief Rabbi of Tunisia, Rabbi Chaim Bitan (Who is located in Djerba), to wish him a Good New Year. This was also an opportunity to confirm that everything is in order for our trip – and he assured me that everything was OK. I asked him about the political situation in Tunisia, and particularly, the position of the Jews. Once again, he assured me that everything is OK – and that they are looking forward to hosting us. I keep in regular touch with contacts in both Djerba and Tunis.
The extra programme during the day on Monday for those who are arriving on the Sunday flight from London is taking shape. We will start the morning with a stroll down Habib Bourghiba Avenue, to see daily life in Tunis, and to visit the starting point of the Jasmine Revolution which sparked the Arab Spring. We will go on to visit the Grand Synagogue of Tunis and in the afternoon will visit Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque village to the North of Tunis.
On Monday night I am arranging transport to a Kosher restaurant in La Goulette, a suburb of Tunis. This meal isn’t included in the tour package, but anyone who wishes to join is welcome to join. Please send me an email back to email@example.com if you wish to join so I can make the advance booking.
I am leaving the highlights of Tunis to Tuesday, when the whole group is together. On Tuesday we will visit Carthage, and back to Tunis to visit the Bardo Museum, the national Museum of Tunisia.
Finally, I need to inform you that the government in Tunisia has introduced a new ‘Exit Tax’ to be paid at the airport by all those leaving the country. This will cost 30 TUN – which is about £11.00. It needs to be paid at the airport when departing the country (or at some hotels in advance). In any case, we will receive further information once we are there on the trip.
I wish you all a Shana Tova and G’mar Hatima Tova – a wonderful new year full of travel to exciting places.
Rabbi Chaim Weiner