Poland Journey for Adults – Tentative Itinerary

July 10-16, 2017

* This itinerary is subject to change

 

Breakfasts and dinners will be served at the hotels; lunches will be packed most days.

 

Sunday, July 9, 2017 – Departing Home”

 

Monday, July 10 – “Beginnings”

  • Arrival in Warsaw; you will be met by your Ramah Educator/Guide and licensed Polish Guide
  • Drive into the city and begin tour of Warsaw sites, time and weather permitting
  • Warsaw Jewish Cemetery – explore 1000 years of Jewish life and culture via the gravestones of influential personalities, from great Chassidic rebbes to Yiddish theater actors and secular Hebrew writers.
  • Tour the new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Ghetto Heroes Trail (Mila 18, Rappaport Memorial)
  • Visit the only remains of the Warsaw Ghetto wall
  • Umschlagplatz – the deportation station; from here most of Warsaw’s Jews were deported to Treblinka.
  • Dinner at restaurant and check into the hotel
  • Overnight: Mercure Centrum Hotel, Warsaw (or similar)

 

Tuesday, July 11 – “The Shtetl: What Was Lost

  • Drive northeast of Warsaw to the small town of Tykocin. Together we will pray Shacharit in the refurbished Great Synagogue and bring Hebrew chants back to the shul, originally built in 1642.
  • We continue to Lopuchowo forest, just outside of Tykocin, where in 1941 the Nazis executed the Jews of Tykocin and buried them in mass graves.
  • Treblinka Death Camp – as World War II was coming to an end the Nazis destroyed the evidence of what had happened there. We will learn about the camp and talk about the memorial that was constructed on its location by the Polish government.
  • Return to Warsaw
  • Dinner at restaurant and return to the hotel
  • Overnight: Mercure Centrum Hotel, Warsaw (or similar)

 

Wednesday, July 12 – “Hope is the Last to Die”

  • Check out of the hotel
  • Shacharit services at the Nożyk Synagogue
  • Drive to Lublin
  • Majdanek Concentration Camp – the camp was both a concentration camp as well as an extermination facility.
  • Drive to Krasnik and visit the double synagogue with its painted walls
  • Return to Lublin and check into the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight: Grand Hotel, Lublin (or similar)

 

Thursday,July 13 – “Galicia: There Once Was a World”

  • Check out of the hotel
  • Shacharit at Yeshivat Hochmei Lublin – one of the most important Talmudic academies in pre-War Europe.
  • Drive from Lublin to Krakow – time permitting, we will stop in some towns and shtetls in the region of Poland known as Galicia.
  • Lancut – a quaint town with a castle and a beautiful 18th century synagogue
  • Tarnow – a city with hints of what was once a thriving Jewish community
  • Zbylitowska Gora – a nearby forest in which the Jews of Tarnow, including 800 children, were executed by the Nazis and buried in mass graves.
  • Arrive in Krakow and check into the hotel
  • Dinner at restaurant
  • Overnight: Qubus Hotel, Krakow (or similar)

 

Friday, July 14 – The Banality of Evil”

  • Early morning departure in the direction of Auschwitz
  • Extensive visit to Auschwitz and nearby Birkenau (referred to as Auschwitz II)
  • Return to Krakow and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat candle lighting: 8:27 pm
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at one of the synagogues in Krakow
  • Shabbat dinner with members of the local community at the JCC
  • Overnight: Qubus Hotel, Krakow (or similar)

 

Shabbat, July 15 – “Shabbat in Krakow

  • Shabbat Shacharit services at one of the synagogues in Krakow
  • Tour several sites in the Old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz
  • Lunch at restaurant and Shabbat rest time
  • Optional walking tour of the Wawel castle
  • Summary session
  • Final group dinner at restaurant
  • Shabbat ends; Havdalah: 9:49 pm
  • Bus tour of various sites in Krakow
  • Overnight: Qubus Hotel, Krakow (or similar)

 

Sunday, July 16 – Returning Home”

  • Check out of the hotel
  • The group bus will leave for the airport after breakfast, no later than 9 am

 

 

“That a future generation might know

– children yet to be born –

and in turn tell their children.”

(Psalms 78:6)