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Between Poland & Israel: Where Did God Dwell?
Sample itinerary

Follow the trajectory of one of the Jewish people's greatest communities through its zenith and to the nadir, and consider its role in the emergence of modern Israel.

 

Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary


Tour Includes

 

  • 8 nights accommodation in Poland
  • 3 nights accommodation in Israel
  • 7 days touring in luxury air conditioned bus in Poland and 4 days touring in Israel
  • Group transfer from airport upon arrival in Israel and upon departure from Israel
  • Group transfer to airport upon departure from Warsaw
  • Breakfast daily and 1 additional meal each day (except on Shabbt in Warsaw)
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program


 

DAY ONE: Sunday
"POLIN" - EPICENTER OF THE JEWISH WORLD

1:30 p.m. Introductory session at hotel

Excursion through the Warsaw city center, introducing pre-war Poland and its capital,
Chopin and all....

  • Praga, Old Home to the Jews of Warsaw
  • Meeting with a member of the Warsaw Jewish community, over group dinner:
    To be a Polish Jew 

Overnight: Warsaw


DAY TWO: Monday
WHAT WAS BUILT ? A WORLD THAT WAS...
 

Morning
Study session at hotel; tour and study at The Museum of Polish Jewry

Warsaw as the religious, cultural, economic and literary center of European Jewry before W.W.II

Central Warsaw (through the eyes of Y.L. Peretz and IB Singer, two great writers)

Afternoon
The Destruction of Warsaw During the Second World War

Exploration of Warsaw Ghetto on the ground and through historical records

Krochmalna Street: A Microcosm of the Effects of the war on the city 

Visit the Jewish Historical Institute (archives and exhibition)

"Oyneg Shabbes": Study session on the Ringleblum Archives

*Janusz Korczak and his Orphanage (site visit and study session) 

Evening
Free

Overnight: Warsaw


DAY THREE: Tuesday
…AND WHAT DESTROYED?...

Morning

Depart Warsaw from Umschlagplatz; travel towards Bialystok region

Portrait of a Town over 300 Years
Journey to Tikocyn and Lupochowa Forest

Packed Lunch

Afternoon
Into that Darkness
Visit Treblinka and study session

Evening
Free

Overnight: Warsaw


DAY FOUR: Wednesday
BETWEEN JEWS AND THE OTHER

Morning

Today we travel south to Krakow via old Jewish communities, utilizing the route to learn about Polish history 

Stop at Pinczow: History and guided tour of synagogue 

Packed lunch en route

Afternoon
Krakow as Old Polish Capital, including Stare Miasto and Rynek

Tour of Jagiellonian University Library Museum

Evening
Free (option to Unwind with Chopin - evening recital)

Overnight: Krakow


DAY FIVE: Thursday
BETWEEN JEWS and the OTHER
 

Morning

Krakow's Jewish Heart: Kazimierz

Visit synagogues and other locations in Kazimierz to learn about a once-flourishing community                                       

Visit the Remuh Synagogue and Study session in the adjacent cemetery

Polish Society and the Jews
Meet with a Krakovian "Righteous of the Nations Lunch at the Krakow Jewish Community Center             

Meeting with Jonathan Ornstein, Director of the JCC

Lunch

Afternoon
March 1941: Into the Ghetto
Stop at Ghetto Walls, Plac Zgody and Pankiewicz pharmacy
Visit Schindler's factory

Plaszow: Memorial to One Camp
Towards our visit to Auschwitz
- group session

Evening
Free

Overnight: Krakow


DAY SIX: Friday
TO THE NADIR...AND BACK UPWARDS from AUSCHWITZ
 

Morning
Anus Mundi: Universal and Particular Nightmares
Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau camps

Afternoon

Lunch and processing session in Oswiciem
* Which Questions Are We Left With?
* Which Have We Just Formulated?

Return to Krakow and Prepare for Shabbat

Evening
Kabbalat Shabbat at Remuh Synagogue

Shabbat Dinner at the JCC

Overnight: Krakow


DAY SEVEN: Saturday
A DAY FOR PRAYER, TOURING, RESTING

Afternoon
Study session: Parshat Hashavua with the Esh Kodesh and the Sefat Emeth
Discussion and seudah shlishiet

Evening
Havdalah service after sunset

Free

Overnight: Krakow

DAY EIGHT: Sunday
SO WHAT WAS "OM YISROEL"?

Morning
Early departure for Warsaw by train

Lunch in Warsaw

Afternoon
The Cemetery as Living Space:
Tour and study session in Okopowa Street Cemetery, the great cemetery of Warsaw Jewry over 200 years

Visit Warsaw Ghetto Fighters Square

Evening
Summary discussion with local voice of Warsaw Jewish community and dinner

Overnight: Warsaw


DAY NINE: Monday
BETWEEN THERE AND HERE
 

Morning
Transfer to airport for El Al flight (the cost of the flight is not included in the land package and needs to be booked individually)

Afternoon
Arrive in Israel mid afternoon and transfer to Tel Aviv hotel

From Yellow to Blue: Starry, Starry Night
Transition Session on Tel Aviv Beachfront

Evening
Group Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

DAY TEN: Tuesday
POLISH JEWS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN PALESTINE

Morning
Meet with Shalmi Bar Mor, educator and son of first Israeli diplomat to Poland

Exploration of Tel Aviv from "Lodzia" and Nahalat Binyamin through to today's "Israeli Poles"

Group Lunch, Polish-Jewish style… 

Afternoon
How Did We Rebuild Ourselves Here?
The Shaping of Israeli Cultural Life
Discussion with Polish-Israeli personality regarding Polish Jewry's immense
contribution to Israeli cultural life

Overnight: Tel Aviv


DAY ELEVEN: Wednesday
POLISH JEWS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL PALESTINE AND ISRAEL

Morning
Travel north to the Sharon and Carmel regions, rural communities reflecting Polish contributions before and after the war

Socialist Models and Educational Models
: Giv'at Haviva Educational Center  

Afternoon 
Lunch with Shosh Yonnai at Kfar Hassidim

A Rural Model of Community: The story of Kfar Hassidim  

Return to Tel Aviv

Evening 
Free

Overnight: Tel Aviv


DAY TWELVE: Thursday
STOCKTAKING: WHERE DID GOD DWELL?

Morning

Depart for Jerusalem

Into The Valley of the Shadow of Death
Yad Vashem's Valley of the Communities

Israel: From Past Challenges to Challenges for the Future
Meet with faculty member of Hebrew University

Lunch

Afternoon
A Town That Was Lost... Agnon and Jewish Israeli culture after the Shoah
Study session

Reflections on Loss and Rebuilding: A View of the Shoah and Israeli
Society
- Prof. Gad Yair, sociologist

Final processing session

Evening
Farewell Dinner and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport or back to Tel Aviv

 

 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. In travel beyond Israel, all group meals are kosher. Participants can order additional kosher meals at prices set by our local agents.
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Not Included

 

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
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