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Between Poland & Israel: Where Did God Dwell?

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


 

Seminar dates:


DAY ONE: Sunday
"POLIN" - EPICENTER OF OM YISROEL

Morning  

  • Meet in hotel at 11:00 a.m.
  • Opening session and introductions
  • Lunch

Afternoon 

  • Impressions of a Capital: Excursion through the rebuilt city center, with some Chopin on the way
    Praga, First Home of the Jews of Warsaw

Evening

  • Group Dinner and Discussion

Overnight: Warsaw


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

Morning

  • Rural Polin: A Major Center of Hassidism
    Travel to Gura Kalwaria, home of the Gerer Hassidim
  • Return to Warsaw 
  • Insights into the Religious, Cultural, Economic and Literary Center of European and World Jewry
    Central Warsaw [through YL Peretz and IB Singer]
  • Lunch

Afternoon

 

  • Into the Ghetto                         
    * Warsaw Ghetto areas, following virtual map and real remains
    * Krochmalna Street: Microcosm of a City Changed by War
    * "Khurben Varshe" The Jewish Historical Institute (archives and exhibition)
    Study Session: "Oyneg Shabbat": A Glimpse Into One of the Great Gems of Jewish Culture

    * Janusz Korczak and his Orphanage
    * Nozyk Synagogue

Evening

  • Free

Overnight: Warsaw


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

Morning

  • Depart Warsaw from Umschlagplatz
  • Portrait of a Town over 300 Years
    Journey to Tikocyn and Lupochowa Forest
  • Lunch

Afternoon

  • Into that Darkness
    Visit Treblinka

Evening

  • Free

Overnight: Warsaw


DAY FOUR: Wednesday
BETWEEN JEWS AND THE OTHER

Morning

  • Today we travel south to Krakow via old Jewish communties
  • Lunch en route

Afternoon

  • Jagellonian University Library Museum
  • Krakow as Old Polish Capital, including Stare Miasto and Rynek

Evening

  • Free or option to Unwind with Chopin - evening recital

Overnight: Krakow


DAY FIVE: Thursday
THE GALICIANER STORY 

Morning

  • “My Beloved Krakie”
    Visit Remuh, Temple, other synagogues;
    Reconstruct Jewish life before the war
  • Polish Society and the Jews
    Meet with Jonathan Ornstein, Director of Krakow Jewish Community Center
    Meeting with one of the Righteous of the Nations or with community activists
  • 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 visit to Auschwitz - group session

Evening

  • Free

Overnight: Krakow


DAY SIX: Friday
TO THE NADIR...AND BACK UP...

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
  • Havdalah service after sunset

Evening

  • 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, site of just-opened Museum of Polish Jewry

Evening

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

Overnight: Warsaw


DAY NINE: Monday
TRANSITIONS

Morning

  • Transfer to airport for 10:35 El Al flight 564 (the cost of the flight is not included in the land package and needs to be booked individually)

Afternoon

  • Arrive in Israel at 15:25 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… 
  • How Did We Rebuild Ourselves Here?
    The Shaping of Israeli Cultural Life
    Discussion with Polish-Israeli personality regarding the 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  

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.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


Not Included

 

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
  • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities.


Additional Information

 

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

 

  
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