Italy River Cruise 

In addition to a number of local historians and guides that will be with us in each city, we are pleased to announce that we will be adding the expertise of the following guests and entertainers to enhance your cruise and educational experience! 

Dr. Henry M. Abramson

 Dean Touro College 

Dr. Henry Abramson is a scholar known for his sophisticated yet accessible lectures on Jewish history, watched by thousands of viewers daily on YouTube. The author of seven books on Jewish history and thought, he earned his PhD from the University of Toronto and held visiting and post-doctoral positions at Harvard, Cornell, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His teaching has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Excellence in the Academy Award from the National Education Association, and his research has been supported by awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, and many others. He has addressed popular and scholarly audiences around the world, and his work has been translated into several languages. He currently serves as Dean at the mighty Avenue J campus of Touro College in Brooklyn, NY. 

He has lectured widely on many topics and periods in Jewish history, including studies relevant to the history of the Jews of Spain of Portugal and their diaspora after the expulsions of the late 15th century.


Naomi Nachman

Naomi has become known as a Kosher food media influencer.  Famous for her own cooking show, Sunny Side Up, on the Kosher.com network and also hosts her own weekly show, “Table for Two with Naomi Nachman” on The Nachum Segal Network – in which discusses all food-related and travel topics.  In addition, Naomi writes a monthly column for the Mishpacha magazine covering food and travel her articles are called “Off the Eaten Track”, and is also a contributing editor to The Jewish Home newspaper for the last 13 years, distributed in many states across the country writing weekly recipes.

Naomi has also been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has made a variety of guest appearances on CBS TVNBC Morning NewsFox 5 New York, and the Hallmark Channel and has been quoted by the Forbes Magazine, Wall Street Journal on Jewish food trends. 

Naomi has published cookbooks, Perfect For Pesach and  Perfect Flavors selling more than 28,000 copies.

Naomi is often sought after to do cooking demonstrations, book signings and to produce Kosher Chopped-style cooking competitions across the world, where she shares her immense enthusiasm and passion for food.


CME with Rabbi Edward I. Reichman, MD

PROFESSOR  Department of Emergency Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (Bronx, NY) 


PROFESSOR Department of Epidemiology and Population Health Division of Education and Bioethics Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (Bronx, NY) 

Rabbi Edward Reichman, M.D. is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor in the Division of Education and Bioethics in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He received his B.A. from Yeshiva University; M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. 

In addition to his full-time clinical practice in Emergency Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Rabbi Dr. Reichman lectures internationally on Jewish Medical ethics. He has edited books and penned many book chapters and journal articles on Jewish medical ethics and Jewish medical history. His book The Anatomy of Jewish Law will be released later this year. He is the recipient of a Kornfeld Foundation Study Fellowship and the Michael A. and Jonathan S. Rubinstein Medical Ethics Prize. He was elected to the Davidoff Society for excellence in medical teaching at Einstein and was awarded the Outstanding Mentor Award for two years at Yeshiva University. He has served on the advisory boards of the New York Organ Donor Network, Center for Genetics and Public Policy, the Program for Jewish Genetic Health at Einstein, and the Rabbinical Council of America. 

At Einstein, Dr. Reichman teaches Jewish medical ethics in the Einstein Bioethics Masters Program, offers electives in Jewish medical ethics, and mentors medical students writing their thesis on topics in Jewish medical ethics. 

At Yeshiva University, Dr. Reichman has mentored the Medical Ethics Society since its inception, working closely with the students to coordinate both local and national programming. In addition, he serves as a mentor to students in the Honors Program who choose to write their thesis on topics in Jewish medical ethics. 

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