D-Day Commemoration Tour in France

As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the beginning of the end of WWII, join us September 8-17 for this extraordinary Jewish heritage tour through Normandy and Paris.

Immerse yourself in the rich past, present, and future of Jews and Jewish life in France while enjoying the extraordinary culture and cuisine of this iconic destination. 



Standing on the bluffs of D-Day beaches, exploring the stories behind the monuments and memorials of the region, is only the beginning: 

  • Stroll Claude Monet’s famous Giverny home and gardens.
  • Learn about the lives of wealthy French Jews through history as we tour the 18th century Paris mansion of the Comando family. 
  • Visit the villages where America put its best foot forward and many made the ultimate sacrifice: Juno, Omaha, Sword, Arromanches, St-Lo, Caen, Bayreuth, Ste-Mere Église, the American Cemeteries.
  • Learn about the fall of France in 1940 and visit the places associated with the Nazi occupation and ensuing persecution of France’s Jews by the Gestapo and their Vichy collaborators: Vel d’Hiv marker & Drancy.


  • Meet members of France’s Jewish community today and discern their concerns about resurgent anti-Semitism and terrorism in France; and their view about the future. See Federation overseas dollars in action in Paris!
  • Revel in the sophistication of today’s Paris, from the Marais’ once Jewish ‘ghetto,’ now hub of avant garde galleries and ateliers to  a private Seine dinner cruise and much more of the City of Lights.  
  • Visit Chambon-sur-Lignon, a charming provincial village near Lyon, to present a gift from our community to the Maire and the villagers in recognition of their resistance against the Nazis and their heroic rescue of numerous Jews by hiding them, sheltering them, and assisting in their escape to neutral Switzerland.
  • Stay in 4 and 5 star hotels, enjoy numerous included kosher (where available) or pareve meals, Shomer Shabbat itinerary.

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Eligibility: minimum $1,800 pledge to Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey's 2019 campaign (per couple)

$3900 per person (double occupancy) land only, air extra
Send in your $500.00 per person deposit today or register online! Make your check payable to JEWISH FEDERATION IN THE HEART OF NEW JERSEY and send to: 230 Old Bridge Turnpike, South River, NJ 08882

For questions, contact Lisa Adler: lisaa@jewishheartnj.org, 732.588.1800

Info Sessions

There are no information sessions scheduled at this time


Personal images from a D-Day hero keep memories alive. Read the blog.