Joseph Benatov leads annual summer trips to the Sephardic Balkans. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He is originally from Bulgaria and a member of Sofia’s Jewish community. Joseph has over 15 years of experience leading travelers across the Balkans, including UNESCO representatives, 92nd Street Y visitors, JDC board members, and Anti-Defamation League officials.
He also lectures regularly on the history of Jewish life in the Balkans and has published on the fate of Bulgaria’s Jews during the Holocaust. Joseph takes a keen interest in Balkan cuisine and winemaking, so be prepared for some fine wine-and-dining along the way. Join Dr. Benatov and experience the rich history of Bosnia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia, and Macedonia.