Travel Dates: 
July 6, 2015 to July 14, 2015
Destination: 
Poland
Leaders & Speakers: 
Rabbi Dr. Shalom Berger

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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<p><u style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Tentative Itinerary (subject to change):</u></p>

<p><strong style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Monday, July 6 -&nbsp;</strong><strong style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Depart for Warsaw</strong></p>

<p><strong style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Tuesday, July 7 -&nbsp;</strong><strong style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Arrival in Warsaw</strong></p>

<p>The tour begins in the mid-afternoon with a visit to the Warsaw Jewish cemetery.</p>

<p>Although almost all of Warsaw was destroyed in the course of World War II, there is enough remaining to still get a sense of the pre-war Jewish community. The Jewish cemetery contains the graves of leading figures of the 19<sup>th</sup> and early 20<sup>th</sup> century, including Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik, the Modziter Rebbe and Y.L. Peretz. The cemetery also contains the remains of many who perished in the Warsaw ghetto.</p>

<p><span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Mincha at the Nozyk Synagogue, the only remaining synagogue in Warsaw, where we will meet with one of the Rabbis who serve the existing Warsaw Jewish community.</span></p>

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<blockquote style="font-family: Helvetica; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal;" type="cite"><a href="http://www.westin.pl/">Westin Warsaw Hotel</a><span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em; font-family: verdana, helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;">.</span></blockquote>

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<p><strong style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Wednesday, July 8 -</strong><span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">&nbsp;<strong>Warsaw - Majdanek</strong></span></p>

<p>Continuing our visit in Warsaw, we will visit the newly opened <em>Museum of the History of Polish Jews</em> and walk the Ghetto Memorial, including the Rapoport Memorial, Mila 18, and the Umshlagplatz.</p>

<p>Traveling southward towards Lublin, we will visit the Majdanek concentration camp on the outskirts of the city. Of the different camps that we visit, Majdanek is the best preserved.</p>

<p><a href="http://hotelilan.pl">Hotel Ilan</a>, Lublin</p>

<p><strong style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Thursday, July 9 -&nbsp;</strong><strong style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Lublin &ndash; Izbica &ndash; Belzec</strong></p>

<p>Lublin was a model of a Jewish community that existed in the shadow of the king, and remnants of that community can be found in the Zameck Castle and the nearby Grodzka Gate. We will be visiting Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin as well as the resting places of such luminaries as the Maharshal and the Chozeh of Lublin.</p>

<p><span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">With an eye towards Galicia, we will stop at the town of Izbica, a center of Hassidut, home to the Izbicer Rebbe.</span></p>

<p><span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">We will end the day at Belzec, one of the three Operation Reinhard camps where the all-too-successful attempt to execute Hitler&#39;s Final Solution was carried out.</span></p>

<p><a href="http://www.hiltoneasteurope.com/pl-pl/destinations/hilton-garden-inn-rze... Hilton Garden Inn</a>.</p>

<p><strong>Friday, July 10 -&nbsp;</strong><strong style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;"><strong>G</strong>alicia&nbsp;</strong></p>

<p>In contrast with learned Lithuanian Jewry, Jews of Galicia were viewed as pious followers of Hassidic masters. We will investigate those assumptions as we visit such communities as Lesajsk and Lancut. It is a day that will raise other questions about Chasidei Umot haOlam (Markova) and interactions between Jewish and Polish resistance during the war (Tarnow).</p>

<p>Before Shabbat begins, we will arrive in Krakow&nbsp;and we will visit the Ghetto area,&nbsp;including Schindler&#39;s factory.<br />
<span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;"><strong>Sheraton Hotel</strong>,&nbsp;</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">Krakow</span></p>

<p><strong>Saturday, July 11 -&nbsp;</strong><strong>Krakow</strong></p>

<p>Ideally, Shabbat is a Jewish history day rather than a Holocaust study day. In the course of the day we will daven in one or more of several refurbished Batei Knesset that still stand in Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter of Krakow. The long Shabbat afternoon will offer the opportunity for a walk to the Wawel Castle and the medieval Market Square, as well as the original Beis Yaakov building and other spots of Jewish interest. There will also be an opportunity to meet with members of the Krakow Jewish community in the new JCC and to hear their stories of a renewed interest in Judaism.</p>

<p><strong>Sheraton Hotel,</strong>&nbsp;Krakow</p>

<p><strong>Sunday, July 12 -</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Auschwitz-Birkenau</strong></p>

<p>Following Shacharit in the Rema Shul and a visit to the adjoining cemetery, we will spend the day in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and visit the nearby community of Oswiecim.</p>

<p><a href="http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/poland/doubletree-by-hilton-hote... by Hilton Hotel</a>, Lodz</p>

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<p><strong>Monday, July 13 -</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Lodz - Chelmno</strong></p>

<p>Pre-war Lodz was a major center of Jewish life; during the war it was the largest and longest standing ghetto. How and why those things played out can be seen in the remnants of the Jewish community there.</p>

<p>Chelmno was, in many ways, the beginning of the &quot;final solution&quot; with experimental gas chambers.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.radissonblu.com/sobieski-warsaw">W</a><a href="http://www.westin.pl/">estin Warsaw Hotel</a>.</p>

<div><strong>Tuesday, July 14 - Warsaw</strong></div>

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<p>Before Warsaw permitted Jews to live within the city confines, many Jews lived in the neighboring city of Praga, just across the Vistula River.&nbsp;<span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">&nbsp;In the afternoon,&nbsp;</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">transfer to airport for return flights.</span></p>
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