Nora Kaplan Learn-in-trips started in 2009 as a family business in Salamanca, Spain, where after moving from South America, Nora with her husband Victor Mizrahi and son Sebastian founded a company specializing in language studies and cultural trips abroad. At the beginning of the pandemic, when physical traveling became almost impossible, Sebastian co-founded Qesher with Dora Koranyi, an initiative that features weekly virtual tours about the different Jewish communities from around the world.
It was during this period that a close collaboration started between Qesher and Moises Hassán-Amselém, scholar and owner of Jewish Spain Tour, a travel agency with more than 15 years of experience in the field. Moises has been one of Qesher’s main speakers on the subject of Sephardic Jewry. Learn-in-trips is proud to present the result of its cooperation with Qesher and Jewish Spain Tour: an all-inclusive journey through the main highlights of the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry.
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Nora has an extensive background in education, teaching English as a foreign language at every level in Argentina, Venezuela and Spain. Besides Learn-in-trips, she also runs her own accredited language school in Salamanca. She is also a researcher in the field of applied linguistics, with several publications in international journals. She holds a Master’s degree in TEFL and a PhD in Discourse Studies, both from the University of Salamanca and the Central University of Venezuela.
Originally from Venezuela, Sebastian studied Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds degrees in History and Tourism from the University of Salamanca. He worked in different sectors of the tourism industry in both Israel and Spain and spent 10 years in England acting as Learn-in-trips representative for the UK and Ireland. Sebastian currently lives in Budapest, where he co-founded the project Qesher - Discover, Learn, Connect.
Moisés Hassán-Amselém was born in Seville of Moroccan heritage. He is an honorary lecturer on Holocaust-Shoa Studies and Antisemitism at the "Pablo de Olavide" University in Seville. He obtained a law degree in 1995. However, he decided to make a complete career change and focus on the Jewish history of Spain. Therefore he set out to found Jewish Spain Tour, a fully licensed Tour Operator specializing in Jewish travel inside the Iberian Peninsula as well as in Morocco.
Based in Seattle, Alexis Kort has nearly two decades of experience creating and implementing study abroad programs for Jewish teens and adults. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas and has spent time with Jewish communities in Peru, Russia, Uganda and India. She holds a BA in Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and a Master's degree in Religion from the University of London.