Travel Dates: 
August 5, 2013 to August 14, 2013
Destination: 
Italy
Leaders & Speakers: 
Dr. Marc Shapiro

Join Torah in Motion for a unique and intellectually inspiring trip to Poland.

We'll be visiting Warsaw, Lublin, Krakow, Lodz and driving through numerous shtetlach in Galicia and throughout Poland. Poland creates a challenge for Jewish tourists, as it is the heartland of Ashkenazic practice where Jewish life thrived and developed over the course of hundreds of years, yet it is also the center of the destruction of European Jewry during the Holocaust. This trip will aim to celebrate the history of Jewish life in Poland by reviving its Batei Knesset and Batei Midrash, and to commemorate its destruction by visiting the graveyards – marked and unmarked – where so many Jews found their deaths. A unique aspect of the trip will be the personal stories of participants who will have the opportunity to visit their ancestors' home towns and villages. Individual trips that cannot be accommodated by the group itinerary can be arranged for an additional fee and should be coordinated with the tour historian.

And of course, in addition to the special Torah in Motion educational and spiritual nourishment, the Journey Through Jewish History in Poland will feature:

• Beautiful hotels in prime locations;

• strictly kosher food;

• expert local tour guides for sites of general interest.

To register on our U.S. site, click here.

 

See our flyer here.

Here's what people had to say about other Torah in Motion trips:

"I found the trip fabulous; the accommodations everywhere, the food, the guides were all excellent. I am very grateful I was able to attend." --Pessy Weitzner, Toronto, Ontario

"Thank you for a wonderful trip." --Eudice Greenfield, Skokie, Illinois

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn about the  Jewish history of Sfarad in the company of such extraordinary people. I think it is important for Ashkenazim to explore Sephardi history in order to understand where our fellow Jews are coming from.  It was truly elucidating. Somehow one can read about it all day long, but to be there is something else, something much deeper." --Ellen Jaffe, Jerusalem, Israel

 

"Thanks--it was a fantastic trip!" --Neal Shanblatt, Santa Monica, California

 

"We looked for a kosher tour, and received much more--a spiritually uplifing experience that deepened our understanding of and appreciation for our Jewish heritage." --Sam and Susan Joffe, Merrick, New York

 

 

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The tour includes: - All private touring and transfers - Deluxe Coaches with air conditioning - Luxury Hotels - Italian Tour Manager from arrival until departure - All meals including Shabbat Dinners and Lunches - Transfers in Rome & Venice (one transfer is provided each way) - Entrance fees - Local Guides to sites - Luggage handling at all hotels

Not included: •- Flights to and from Europe •- •Tips to Guide and Drivers -• All expenses of personal nature.

Until payment is made in full, prices are subject to currency fluctuations of more than 3%.

Momentum Tours and Travel, Inc. (Fl. License #ST35769), is the designated, responsible Tour Operator for this departure. Torah in Motion acts merely as a liaison between its members and Momentum Tours and Travel. Therefore, all special requests, complaints, claims, etc., must be made to the Tour Operator, Momentum Tours and Travel, or elsewhere, and cannot be made against Torah in Motion under any circumstances. Participation in part of the program is not possible for any traveler unless payment for the entire tour has been made.

Meals: All meals throughout the tour are Strictly Kosher and provided by certified caterers in each city. We reserve the right to increase rates without further notice due to currency fluctuations of 3%. Likewise rates will decrease in the event of currency fluctuation of more than 3%.

Travel Protection Plan: We strongly recommend that each traveler buy a Travel Protection Plan. Momentum Tours & Travel sells group Travel Protection Plans on behalf of Travelex Insurances. Preexisting conditions can be waived if the plan is purchased before or at the time of final payment. However, each traveler must be fit to travel at the time of signing up and deposit is paid.

Passport and visa: No visa is required for this departure. Each participant must possess a valid U.S. or Canadian passport. For travelers not holding a U.S. or Canadian passport, Momentum Tours & Travel does not have responsibility to check for entry regulations. All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the tour has been completed. It is crucial that travelers check the status of the passports.

Disclaimer: Torah in Motion (TiM) and/or its representatives does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, inconvenience, expense, damage or loss of property, death, cancellation,change in itinerary, accident, irregularity or delay due to an act of negligence of, or default of, any hotel, carrier, restaurant, company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour, or by an act of God. Further, TiM is not responsible for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or any other causes. No responsibility shall be incurred for any additional expense, omissions, delays, re-routing or other acts of any government or other authority. The airline, steamship and railroad companies concerned are not responsible for any act, omission, or event, during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passenger contract issued by the airlines, steamship and railroad companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between such companies, and the purchaser of these tours and/or passengers. All baggage is at the owner’s risk throughout the tours, and TIM is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to baggage. Upon registration, each participant will be required to sign an acknowledgement of the terms of travel and a waiver of liability. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour listed herein, and/or to make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable for the convenience, comfort and/or welfare of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour, without any penalty to the Tour Operator. Additional expenses, if any, will be borne by the passenger. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to revise the routing of the itinerary. If due to such circumstances a change becomes necessary in the sole opinion of the Tour Operator, hotels substituted shall be of the same quality as those listed in the itinerary. The Tour Operator assumes no financial liability for any resulting losses, expenses, or inconvenience. No refunds will be made for portions of transport, tours, rooms, or meals, and no credit can be allowed for unused accommodation. The full tour cost will be refunded, however, if the entire tour is cancelled by the Tour Operator prior to the published departure date. The participants agree that Torah in Motion does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, inconvenience, expenses, damage or loss of property, death, cancellation, change in itinerary, accident, irregularity or delay, direct, indirect or consequential losses of any kind whatsoever that may occur as a result of the participation of the undersigned(s) in the Trip. The participant(s) agree(s) to hold harmless Torah in Motion and its personnel, employees and agents, from any claims, damages, losses and/or expenses arising out of his/her/their participation in the Trip and to assume all liability for any and all personal injury, bodily injury, illness or property damage or other direct, indirect or consequential losses that occurs as a result of his/her/their participation in the Trip.

The tour includes: - All private touring and transfers - Deluxe Coaches with air conditioning - Luxury Hotels - Italian Tour Manager from arrival until departure - All meals including Shabbat Dinners and Lunches - Transfers in Rome & Venice (one transfer is provided each way) - Entrance fees - Local Guides to sites - Luggage handling at all hotels

Not included: •- Flights to and from Europe •- •Tips to Guide and Drivers -• All expenses of personal nature.

Until payment is made in full, prices are subject to currency fluctuations of more than 3%.

Momentum Tours and Travel, Inc. (Fl. License #ST35769), is the designated, responsible Tour Operator for this departure. Torah in Motion acts merely as a liaison between its members and Momentum Tours and Travel. Therefore, all special requests, complaints, claims, etc., must be made to the Tour Operator, Momentum Tours and Travel, or elsewhere, and cannot be made against Torah in Motion under any circumstances. Participation in part of the program is not possible for any traveler unless payment for the entire tour has been made.

Meals: All meals throughout the tour are Strictly Kosher and provided by certified caterers in each city. We reserve the right to increase rates without further notice due to currency fluctuations of 3%. Likewise rates will decrease in the event of currency fluctuation of more than 3%.

Travel Protection Plan: We strongly recommend that each traveler buy a Travel Protection Plan. Momentum Tours & Travel sells group Travel Protection Plans on behalf of Travelex Insurances. Preexisting conditions can be waived if the plan is purchased before or at the time of final payment. However, each traveler must be fit to travel at the time of signing up and deposit is paid.

Passport and visa: No visa is required for this departure. Each participant must possess a valid U.S. or Canadian passport. For travelers not holding a U.S. or Canadian passport, Momentum Tours & Travel does not have responsibility to check for entry regulations. All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the tour has been completed. It is crucial that travelers check the status of the passports.

Disclaimer: Torah in Motion (TiM) and/or its representatives does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, inconvenience, expense, damage or loss of property, death, cancellation,change in itinerary, accident, irregularity or delay due to an act of negligence of, or default of, any hotel, carrier, restaurant, company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour, or by an act of God. Further, TiM is not responsible for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or any other causes. No responsibility shall be incurred for any additional expense, omissions, delays, re-routing or other acts of any government or other authority. The airline, steamship and railroad companies concerned are not responsible for any act, omission, or event, during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passenger contract issued by the airlines, steamship and railroad companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between such companies, and the purchaser of these tours and/or passengers. All baggage is at the owner’s risk throughout the tours, and TIM is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to baggage. Upon registration, each participant will be required to sign an acknowledgement of the terms of travel and a waiver of liability. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour listed herein, and/or to make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable for the convenience, comfort and/or welfare of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour, without any penalty to the Tour Operator. Additional expenses, if any, will be borne by the passenger. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to revise the routing of the itinerary. If due to such circumstances a change becomes necessary in the sole opinion of the Tour Operator, hotels substituted shall be of the same quality as those listed in the itinerary. The Tour Operator assumes no financial liability for any resulting losses, expenses, or inconvenience. No refunds will be made for portions of transport, tours, rooms, or meals, and no credit can be allowed for unused accommodation. The full tour cost will be refunded, however, if the entire tour is cancelled by the Tour Operator prior to the published departure date. The participants agree that Torah in Motion does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, inconvenience, expenses, damage or loss of property, death, cancellation, change in itinerary, accident, irregularity or delay, direct, indirect or consequential losses of any kind whatsoever that may occur as a result of the participation of the undersigned(s) in the Trip. The participant(s) agree(s) to hold harmless Torah in Motion and its personnel, employees and agents, from any claims, damages, losses and/or expenses arising out of his/her/their participation in the Trip and to assume all liability for any and all personal injury, bodily injury, illness or property damage or other direct, indirect or consequential losses that occurs as a result of his/her/their participation in the Trip.

<h3><strong>Day 01, Monday: Departure to Italy</strong></h3>

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<p>Departure on your flight to Rome.</p>

<h3><strong>Day 02, Tuesday: Arrival in Rome</strong></h3>

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<p>Arrival in Rome airport, followed by transfer to the hotel. Begin sightseeing (from the hotel) at 1 PM in the former ghetto area of Rome. Rome is the oldest Jewish community in the Diaspora, and its ghetto remained longer than anywhere else in Europe. As part of our tour, we will see the Jewish Museum, the Great Synagogue, and the Trastevere, where there is evidence of the medieval Jewish community. We will also visit the Campo Di Fiori where, on Rosh Ha-Shanah 1553, the Talmud was burned. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. Hotel Augusta Lucilla Palace.</p>

<h3><strong>Day 03, Wednesday: Rome</strong></h3>

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<p>Breakfast. This morning begins with a visit to the Arch of Titus and its famous Menorah which, as we will learn, does not correspond to other ancient descriptions. We will then visit the Colosseum, with its legacy of horrors and bravery as slaves fought for their lives to the roars of spectators cheering and booing. This massive structure was actually built with slaves brutally seized after putting down the Jewish Revolt in Eretz Yisrael. Continue to the ruins of the Roman Forum, an international center filled with great palaces and all the pomp that we connect with names like Caesar, Nero and Cicero. Later, drive to the Spanish steps and soon find yourself in the romantic setting of the glorious Trevi Fountain, beloved spot for many great films made in &ldquo;Roma.&rdquo; After lunch, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore Rome on your own or join an optional tour of the Vatican Museum (not included). In the evening, meet for dinner. Hotel Augusta Lucilla Palace.</p>

<h3><strong>Day 04, Thursday: Rome &ndash; Pitigliano &ndash; Florence</strong></h3>

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<p>Breakfast. Depart Rome this morning and drive towards the hills of Umbria and Tuscany. En route, visit the remote town of Pitigliano, where Jews settled in the 16th century as anti-Jewish sentiment became stronger in the Papal States. Pitigliano became known as &ldquo;Little Jerusalem&rdquo; as the Jewish community grew increasingly prosperous throughout the following centuries. Visit the former ghetto, synagogue and Museum. Lunch boxes are provided this day. Continue along typical Tuscan roads to Florence and upon arrival, stop on the hillside Piazza Michelangelo for an amazing panoramic view of the city below. Even the dome of the synagogue is visible. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner. Regency Hotel.</p>

<h3><strong>Day 05, Friday: Florence</strong></h3>

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<p>Breakfast. Begin your walking tour of Florence with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia), home of Michelangelo&rsquo;s statue of David. Later, continue to the extraordinary synagogue whose dome punctuates the skyline of the city. Visit the attached Jewish Museum with its fine collections. After lunch, continue on the walking tour and be inspired by the beauty of Florence as you walk the charming streets and great squares. Visit the Uffizi Gallery. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Celebrate Shabbat in Florence. Attend services followed by Shabbat Dinner. Regency Hotel.</p>

<h3><strong>Day 06, Shabbat: Florence</strong></h3>

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<p>Breakfast. Attend services this morning. After lunch, choose to relax or join a short walk to Piazza Delle Signoria. Your tour will take you by the famous Duomo. Dr. Shapiro will also offer a class in the afternoon dealing with an Italian Torah theme. Later, Seudah Shlishit is served. Regency Hotel.</p>

<h3><strong>Day 07, Sunday: Florence &ndash; Sienna &ndash; Livorno &ndash; Pisa &ndash; Florence</strong></h3>

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<p>Breakfast. Begin the day with a drive through the Chianti District. Stop in Pisa, the town associated with Galileo (and, of course, the Leaning Tower). It was also the site of important Jewish scholars and even a printing press. Today, traces of the Jewish past are seen at the cemetery and the Pisa synagogue. Unlike most other Italian towns, Pisa never had a ghetto; its Jewish population lived in different areas of the city. Next, continue to Livorno for lunch, hosted by the Jewish community. Livorno was the home of many important figures, including R. Hayyim David Azulai and R. Elijah Benamozegh, and we will learn about them. We will then travel to Sienna where we will see the town square and the fascinating synagogue before returning to Florence later in the afternoon. Dinner. Regency Hotel.</p>

<h3><strong>Day 08, Monday: Florence &ndash; Venice</strong></h3>

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<p>Breakfast. Depart Florence and drive north towards Venice. Upon arrival in the floating city, transfer to a small boat and travel in this romantic way to the Dei Dogi hotel. The hotel is housed in a former prestigious palace in the lagoon of Venice. The hotel also boasts a peaceful secret garden and it is located only a brief walk from the ghetto, where lunch is served. After lunch. tour the Jewish Ghetto (Europe&rsquo;s first official ghetto). The tour will include the various synagogues and the Jewish Museum. At one time, Venice was a world power; and its Jewish community was one of the most important in the world, with noted rabbis, poets, merchants, and actors. Return to the hotel for check-in and time to rest. Later, dinner is served at the ghetto. Dei Dogi (Boscolo Venezia) Hotel.</p>

<h3><strong>Day 09, Tuesday: Venice</strong></h3>

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<p>Breakfast. Today, enjoy the unique flavor of Venice as you sightsee in this legendary city. See the area of Piazza San Marco and visit to the Doge&rsquo;s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs (with artwork by Tintorreto, Veronese and Bosch), and see the San Marco Basilica (outside view). Continue, via Venice&rsquo;s characteristically narrow streets and alleys, to the Rialto Bridge, which spans across the Grand Canal of Venice Island. After lunch, continue by boat to the Venice Lido for an exclusive visit to the Jewish cemetery, which was in use for hundreds of years but only &ldquo;rediscovered&rdquo; at the beginning of the twentieth century. Return to the hotel by way of the Murano Island in the late afternoon. Farewell Dinner. Dei Dogi (Boscolo Venezia) Hotel.</p>

<h3><strong>Day 10, Wednesday: Venice &ndash; Home Flight</strong></h3>

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<p>Breakfast. Transfer by boat to the airport for your flights back home.</p>

Testimonials

"Thanks to Torah in Motion, we were able to view Italy from two perspectives. Marc taught us Jewish-Italian history, taking us to fascinating places few tourists get to see. Native Italian guides showed us the iconic sites of Rome, Florence and Venice. This made the tour a wonderful, educational experience."

- 
Mady and Ethan Kra

"Magnificent sites and thorough explanations from our past heritage given by an excellent and knowledgeable Marc Shapiro."

- Hanna Zehnwirth

"Kudos to Marc – he made the trip a truly memorable and enjoyable experience."

- Steve and Mali Schwartz