Magical French Heritage Riverboat Cruise



JULY 3 - 10, 2024

MS Amadeus Diamond

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Rabbi Steven Weil (CEO - FIDF)

Rabbi Steven Weil comes to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) following an 11-year tenure at the Orthodox Union. The son of a German cattle dealer, Steven grew up on a farm in Upstate New York. He attended Yeshiva University, concurrently completing his ordination at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS) and a Master’s in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business. 

 Steve began his career teaching, and then moved to pulpit work, first in Michigan and then in Beverly Hills, California. In 2009, Steve and his family returned to the East Coast to assume the position of Senior Managing Director of the Orthodox Union, where he led their institutional advancement and community engagement efforts.

Steve is deeply passionate about Jewish continuity, and engagement within and outside the Jewish community. He is an ardent proponent of Jewish education and the future of the Jewish people – its younger generation. With his life-long love and devotion to the state of Israel, Steve has channeled his talents and energy into fostering governmental and organizational relationships, in support of the Jewish homeland.

Steve is thrilled to be part of the FIDF family, and is excited to channel his skills in institutional advancement as well as his vast experience in the Jewish community to support Israel and its heroic guardians, the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Steve resides in New Jersey with his wife and is a proud father and grandfather. 

Rabbi Aubrey Hersh

Rabbi Aubrey Hersh was born and raised in the United Kingdom. For the past 25 years he has been based at the JLE in London, where he is currently Senior Lecturer, and has lectured internationally on History, Philosophy & Halacha.

Since 2003, Rabbi Hersh has run more than 350 heritage tours across Europe, as well as specialising in Holocaust Education working with the Imperial War Museum and Sir Martin Gilbert.

Starting in May 2021, he developed a very popular Jewish History podcast: “History for the Curious”, which now has over 10,000 weekly downloads. The topics range across the spectrum of the last two and a half thousand years and serve a diverse global audience.

Melinda Strauss (Influencer)

Melinda Strauss, a Jewish Content Creator on social media with over 1 million followers on TikTok and Instagram, is well known for her educational videos about Orthodox Judaism, Jewish history, discussing Antisemitism and Zionism, kosher recipes, and sharing her everyday life as a wife, mom of 2 teenagers, a dog mom, and both a type 1 diabetic and the mom of a type 1 diabetic. Born and raised in Seattle WA, Melinda now lives with her family in Woodmere NY.

As part of her passion for sharing Judaism, Melinda will be making videos for social media from the riverboat cruise about her experiences in each destination, as well as tours of the ship and the delicious kosher cuisine on board.

Melinda has been blogging and sharing her recipes since 2011 and she will be debuting her first cookbook in spring 2025. Find Melinda on TikTok and Instagram @therealmelindastrauss and through her website

Saul Bienenfeld

Saul Bienenfeld,  graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law top in his class in 1990, he began his law career at the New York County District Attorneys Office and after completing his commitment to them he formed his own firm.  Saul’s main focus is criminal defense and has defended both white collar and “street” crimes.  Saul is a strong supporter Emunah of America where his wife Debbie serves as Chairwoman of the Board.

Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman

Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman is Rosh HaMesivta of Rambam Mesivta of Lawrence. He is noted for his leadership and activism on behalf of Jewish causes, leading demonstrations against former Nazis residing in the US, French acquiescence to anti-Semitism, Saudi support of terror, and supports a myriad of causes on behalf of Medinat Yisrael.

His continued efforts and protesting against Jakiw Palij, the last Nazi war criminal in the United States resulted in Palij’s deportation to Germany.

These efforts were recognized By the Department of Justice in a ceremony at the White House where they declared,“Deserving of special mention are several generations of high school students at Rambam Mesivta in Lawrence, Long Island, under the leadership of their revered  teacher, Rabbi Zev Friedman, himself a child of Holocaust virus, never stopped crying out publicly for justice in this case.” Rabbi Friedman is a noted lecturer and Maggid Shiur in the Five Towns and has served as a scholar in residence across the United States, Europe and Israel.

Rabbi Friedman received his rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva Bnei Torah and his D.P.M. (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, after graduating Brooklyn College.


Day 1, Wed, July 3
Paris (embark)
Embark 4:00pm

Day 2, Thu, July 4
Paris/Troyes (Rashi's home)/Champagne

Day 3, Fri, July 5
Paris Tour/Rouen

Day 4, Sat, July 6

Day 5, Sun, July 7
Le Havre/Beaches of Normandy

Day 6, Mon, July 8
Le Havre/Honfleur/Étretat‘s Cliff

Day 7, Tue, July 9
Giverny/Monet's House/Palace of Versailles

Day 8, Wed, July 10
Disembark 8:00am


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Cabin with panoramic window
C-4Cabin with panoramic window$5,540  Waitlist
C-1Cabin with panoramic window$6,140  Waitlist

Panoramic windows (cannot be opened), ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 161.5 sq. ft.

Cabin with French Balcony
B-4Cabin with French balcony$7,540  Waitlist
B-1Cabin with French balcony$7,690 
A-1Cabin with French balcony$8,540 

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 161 sq. ft.

Suite with French Balcony
SSuite with French Balcony$10,240 

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, mini-bar, bathrobe, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 236.8 sq. ft.

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  • Rates are subject to change without notice.
  • All rates are per person based on double occupancy.
  • $1000 per person deposit due at time of booking.
  • Single rate is 170% in all categories.
  • Capacity for 3rd/4th passenger is not available.
  • This rate does not include prepaid gratuities:
  • $14.00 per guest per day for all categories.
  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended and Kosherica always recommends to purchase the "Cancel for any Reason" policy so that our guests are fully covered. Some of the cruise lines have "cancel for any reason" policies that you can purchase. Just keep in mind that the cruise line policies only cover your cruise portion and not the Kosher portion or flights.
  • Please note the riverboat reserves the right to make changes to itineraries and excursion due to possible unforeseen circumstances such like low or high water which impacts sailings. In such cases the ship-owner reserves the right to transport guests along that section by bus, accommodate them in hotels and /or change the course of that part of the journey. In some circumstances it may be necessary to transfer to another ship. These situations are rare but do happen from time to time and are all part of riverboat vacations.

We are truly looking forward to this incredible sailing. Please remember that we highly recommend buying travel insurance for your entire vacation. In addition, please try to purchase flights and hotel rooms that are refundable. If your flight is not refundable we encourage waiting on purchasing a flight closer to the cruise penalty date. We want you to have all the wiggle room you need to give you peace of mind when booking your dream vacation. We can't wait to explore the world with you!

Cancellation Policy:
Bookings are refundable less $100 administration fee per person until 130 days before sailing. Less than 130 days: 100% of total - no refund.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

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What is included in the price of my cruise?

Virtually everything, with the exception of certain items of a personal nature, for which there is a fair and reasonable charge. Your cruise fare includes shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, standard meals, services and onboard entertainment.

What's not included?

Items that are of a personal nature, for which there is a fair and reasonable charge. Not included in the cruise fare are items that are of a personal nature, airfare, telephone calls, faxes, spa treatments, salon services, photographs, laundry and valet service.

Will I need a passport or visa?

You are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents and for complying with Customs and Immigration requirements. Guests with out proper travel documents will not be allowed to board the vessel. If for some reason you must leave the ship mid-cruise, you will be denied re-entry into the U.S. unless you possess a valid U.S. passport and no refund of cruise fare will be given to any guest failing to bring such documentation. All major cruise lines encourage all guests to obtain passports as soon as possible to avoid backlogs. For more information, please visit the U.S State department website at


Air Travel

Passports will be required for any air travel from the Caribbean as of January 23, 2007. ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport.

Cruise Travel

As early as January 1st, 2008, subject to U.S. Government amendment, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.

Can I phone home?

Ship-to-shore telephone service is available 24 hours a day while the ship is at sea or in port from your stateroom. You'll find a telephone and dialing instructions in your stateroom. If you need to be reached by people at home, have them call or fax the ship directly; or they can contact you via email through your own Internet Service Provider which you can then access via the Internet Café.

Is internet service available?

You can send and receive emails through your own service provider in the Internet Café for a nominal charge.

How do I plan my on-shore activities?

Naturally, you are free to explore many of the ports of call on your own, however, a variety of shore excursion are arranged for you convenience. Each excursion is carefully researched by our Shore Excursion Staff to ensure your experience ashore is as enriching and enjoyable as your stay aboard. You may pre-book your excursions online by selecting Personalize Your Cruise. You will need to enter your booking number and your name as it appears on your reservation. The excursion selected will be debited to you onboard account . Or, if you prefer, you may purchase the shore excursion onboard at the Shore Excursion Desk. Shore Excursions are subject to availability and not available on all ships and sail dates.

What about laundry and dry cleaning services?

Complete valet services including laundry, pressing and dry cleaning, can be arranged through your stateroom steward/stewardess and billed to your shipboard account.

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You are responsible for obtaining all travel documents as well as compliance with Customs and Immigration requirements. You will be required to comply with all government imposed security measures, which may change without notice.

Visa Requirements

All passengers are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents and for complying with Customs and Immigration requirements.

Please check current VISA requirements with the appropriate embassies or consulates prior to departing on your cruise vacation. Kosherica is providing this application for your convenience.


Paris/Troyes – Judaism arrived in Troyes in the 11th century, through the Champagne fairs. The Jewish population lived in the Brush District (French: Quartier de la Brosse aux juifs), at the corner of Rue Boucherat and Rue Montier la Celle.[1] The medieval Jewish cemetery is located outside the borders of the neighborhood, across from the Troyes library. The Rashi Synagogue is a Jewish Synagogue in Troyes, Grand Est, France. The synagogue is named after the medieval Jewish Rabbi and biblical commentator Rashi, who was born and died in Troyes.

Champagne– The wine region within the historical province of Champagne in the northeast of France is best known for the production of champagne, the sparkling white wine that bears the region’s name.

Rouen– Endowed with a prestige established during the medieval era, and with a long architectural heritage in its historical monuments, Rouen is an important cultural capital. Rouen’s rich historical heritage makes it an unmissable destination. Classified as a historic monument, the Palais de Justice is an emblematic site that bears witness to Rouen’s royal history.

Beaches of Normandy– The Normandy landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was, and still is, the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Honfleur/Étretat‘s Cliff – The harbor of Le Havre is your convenient base for two beautiful land explorations. First will be a tour to the nearby city of Honfleur, with its picturesque old harbor lined with 16th—18th century townhouses. In the afternoon we will explore the Norman coastline on a walk along Étretat‘s cliff-top paths for a view of the steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations.

Giverny is a village in the region of Normandy in northern France. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. The artist’s former home and elaborate gardens, where he produced his famed water lily series, are now the Fondation Claude Monet museum. Nearby, the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny highlights the Impressionist art movement.


The AMADEUS Diamond, which departs from Paris, travels exclusively along the Seine and allows guests to experience the charm of northern France in an unforgettable way. You will feel at home from the moment you board this stylish cruise ship, where contemporary design meets the highest levels of comfort, inviting you to relax and enjoy the exceptional ambience on board.

The ship has been a highlight of the AMADEUS fleet since it was built in 2009, and is the new jewel on the French waterways after its complete renovation in 2019. Your accommodation on board is both elegant and comfortable. All 12 suites and the majority of the 62 cabins have French balconies, as well as modern bathrooms. The ship offers countless options for your leisure time, from golf on the Sun Deck, to a fitness studio, to massage facilities, ensuring that every taste is catered for.

• Panorama-Restaurant
• Panorama-Bar und Lounge
• Amadeus-Club with Internet station
• Sun Deck with Lido-Bar, lounge chairs, shade awnings, giant Chess Board, Golf Putting Green and Shuffl eboard
• Fitness Room
• Hair Salon, Massage Room
• Gift Shop, Laundry Service
• Complimentary bicycles on board
• Wi-Fi available
• Elevator


• Ample closet space
• Choice of bed configuration: double or twin bed
• Flat-screen television
• Individual climate control
• En-suite bathrooms with shower/WC in staterooms, bathtub/WC in Suites
• Bathrobe in Suites, Hair dryer
• Direct dial telephone
• In-room safe

• Built: 2009 Complete renovation: 2019
• Length: 110 m | 361 feet
• Width: 11,4 m | 37,5 feet
• Draft: 1,30 m | 4,4 feet
• Height above water: 5,85 m | 19,2 feet
• Speed: 25 km/h | 15,5 mph
• Decks: 4
• Staterooms/Suites: 62/12
• Max. passengers: 146
• Crew members: approx. 40

Kosherica is thrilled to partner with one of the most respected riverboat companies for our Glatt Kosher riverboat sailings aboard the stunning Amadeus Riverboats.

Our riverboat will have our all star Rabbinical staff and mashgichim that work day and night to ensure that the hashgacha is top notch. Our sailing will also have our usual group of world class chefs that will work tirelessly to provide Glatt Kosher Gourmet cuisine that is known as the best in the industry. Everyone knows that sailing with Kosherica means you get the best customer service, highest quality Glatt Kosher food, top notch organization and a world class experience that is the best in the Jewish travel Industry. Sail with Kosherica and Sail with the Best.

Please note, Kosherica is expecting to sell out of this long awaited vacation. Please make sure to book in advance.


New Passport Requirements

Very important! Please read the following information regarding changes to passport requirements. These changes impact U.S. Citizens and non-U.S. Citizens. For more information, please see the U.S. State Department website for passport information. Expired passports are not acceptable.


Kosherica cruises requires that all guests travel with a valid passport during their cruise. This will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to meet their ship at the first port should they miss their scheduled embarkation and allow guests that must disembark the ship before their cruise ends due to an emergency to fly back to the U.S without significant delays and complications.

For more information, please visit or call the National Passport Information Center toll free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TYY at 1-888-874-7793.

For travel outside of the western hemisphere countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens must have and carry a passport valid for six months beyond the duration of the cruise.

Non-U.S./non-Canadian citizens: You must have and carry a passport valid for six months beyond the duration of the cruise. Please carefully verify the existing identification requirements for your particular travel situation. In addition, non-U.S. citizens who have previously been admitted to the United States for permanent residence must carry their Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551), commonly known as a Green Card. Resident aliens not in possession of this must obtain one at the nearest office of the U.S. Immigration Service.

Visas: Some countries require that you obtain official authorization (called a visa) before entering the country. Usually there is a fee required. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. If your itinerary requires a visa prior to boarding, Holland America Line will send a visa information letter to your travel agent. The visa letter will have information for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Citizens of other countries should contact the nearest representative embassies or consulates for the proper information.

Non-U.S. or Canadian citizens may be required to hold a Canadian visa when traveling to Alaska or Canada. Please visit the Canadian government website at to verify your nationality’s requirements.

Schengen visa holders (applies to those EU-member citizens only): New requirements pertaining to proof of medical insurance coverage have been adopted for all Schengen visa holders. This requirement does not apply to U.S. or Canadian citizens. All guests should keep themselves advised of changes in government requirements. If you have questions about visa requirements, call Zierer Visa Service at 866-788-1100 or local 202-745-4470. You may also choose to send an e-mail message to: [email protected] or visit their website at:

Travel Restrictions

  • People with medical conditions or women who are in the last weeks of their pregnancy are asked to consult a doctor before sailing/booking a cruise.
  • Women cannot have begun their 24th week of pregnancy at any time before or during the cruise. If you are pregnant or sailing with a guest who is pregnant they must provide a physician’s letter stating the expected due date, medical fitness to travel and the pregnancy is not high risk. Please also include your name, booking number, ship and sailing date.
  • Infant Policy and Booking Procedures.
    • Infants must be at least 6 months of age on the day of boarding.
    • Infants must be at least 12 months of age on the day of boarding if the cruise has 3 or more consecutive full days at sea.
    • NO EXCEPTIONS will be granted.

Please note, babysitting is not available for children age 2 and under.

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