JEWISH POLAND: ROOTS, RESILIANCE, AND RENEWAL

100 Years of Polish Independence

SUMMER 2018

June 22 – July 1, 2018

Embark on a trip like none other — witness the rich, 1000-year-old legacy of Polish Jewry; participate in the Jewish cultural revival underway in Poland; celebrate 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence!

Taube Jewish Heritage Tours is excited to take you on a special VIP journey to Warsaw, Lodz, and Krakow — where Jewish culture is experiencing a rebirth after nearly perishing during the Holocaust and under Communism.

For registration and trip details, please call or email Aleksandra Makuch at +48 503.330.753; email: amakuch@taubejewishheritagetours.com – you can use the contact form below Itinerary.

Trip total cost: $

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 4-star accommodations (double occupancy)
  • Scholar-in-residence
  • Ground transfers as specified
  • Event admissions, meals and transfers inside Poland included
  • Excursions/activities as specified
  • Scheduled activities & tours

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airfare not included in cost
  • Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the program
  • Any scheduled flights and related taxes
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
  • Staff gratuities
  • Any new government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
  • Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included

Highlights

WARSAW

  • Private tour of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Warsaw Ghetto Memorials
  • Curated Tour of Ringelblum Archives, Exclusive viewing of the Warsaw Ghetto Archives
  • Genealogy consultation (on request) at The Jewish Historical Institute
  • The Nozyk Synagogue
  • Grzybowski Square
  • JCC Warsaw Dinner
  • Zabinski’s Villa (from The Zookeeper’s Wife movie)

LODZ

  • Guided walking tour of Lodz based on the Taube Center’s brand new Guide Field to Jewish Lodz)
  • Lodz Cemetery
  • Poznanski’s Factory and Palace
  • Manufaktura Shopping Center

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

  • Private tour and the world-know Yad Vashem exhibit

KRAKOW

  • 30th anniversary of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, celebrating “The State of Israel at 70”, VIP access to the Festival exents
  • Concerts, workshops, lectures
  • Special guided tours
  • Shabbat Dinner for 600+ Guests, hosted by the JCC Krakow …

and many more!

Itinerary:

WARSAW: THE PHOENIX CITY

Arrival in Warsaw

Suggested time of arrival time by 12:00 pm

Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM

TJHT staff will meet participants at the airport for hotel transfers (an approximately 30-minute drive depending on traffic)

Check in, Bristol hotel and refresh
The Bristol Hotel, built in 1901 and renovated after the war, offers pre-war charm, an excellent location and superb service. Next door to the Presidential Palace, the hotel was a backdrop in Leon Uris’s Mila 18.

Orientation and briefing with scholar-in- residence

Welcoming Shabbat dinner

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW: 1,000 YEARS OF JEWISH LIFE IN POLAND

Breakfast in the hotel

Framing the day session

Shabbat services (optional):

  • Nozyk Synagogue, Warsaw’s only synagogue to have survived the war and endured decades of Communism (traditional), is an iconic symbol of Jewish continuity in Warsaw
  • Ec Chaim, a Progressive community, celebrating its sixth year serving the Jewish community of Warsaw, is housed in a building overlooking the Palace of Science and Culture, a gift from Stalin to the Polish People’s Republic

Participants will be escorted

Guided walking tour from the Umschlagplatz following the Route of Martyrdom and Struggle, which includes Mila 18, to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Plaza

Welcome by the Museum’s senior representative, followed by a private guided tour through the Core Exhibition, “1,000 Years of Polish-Jewish History,” led by a curator

Q&A session

Time to explore the Museum on your own

Return to the hotel

Dinner with cultural and civic leaders

Free evening in Warsaw

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW: THE PAST INFORMS THE PRESENT

Breakfast in the hotel

Framing the day session

Visit to the Nozyk Synagogue, the only surviving prewar Jewish house of prayer in Warsaw, Poland. It was built in 1898-1902 and was restored after World War II. It is still operational and currently houses the Warsaw Jewish Community, as well as other Jewish organizations.

Boker Tov Brunch at the JCC Warsaw and meeting with the Director Agata Rakowiecka, JDC representatives, and Jewish communal leaders and activists

Visit to Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute with a special private viewing of the officially-opened, new permanent exhibition, which centers on precious artifacts from the Ringelblum Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto: “What we were unable to shout out to the world” about the Ringelblum archive. 

Return to the hotel

Dinner on your own (recommendations provided)

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW/LODZ

CITY OF FOUR CULTURES: THE “PROMISED LAND” OF 19TH CENTURY POLAND & CONTEMPORARY POLISH-JEWISH LIFE IN TRANSITION

Breakfast in the hotel

Framing the day session

Departure by coach to Lodz

The full-day tour of Lodz led by a guide and educator, will include visits to the Jewish cemetery; the Radegast memorial; meeting with the Jewish community leadership; visit to the Matanel Kindergarten, and a session at the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center

Time to enjoy Manufaktura, Israel Poznanski’s former textile factory complex

Dinner in the Delight at Andel’s Restaurant, an impressive venue with its historic red brick façade and renovated interior, housed in a former weaving mill on the grounds of Manufaktura, the city’s premiere shopping, arts and cultural center

Late return to Warsaw

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW: WARSAW’S JEWISH ROOTS

Breakfast

Free time to shop

Late morning briefings by U.S. and Israeli embassy representatives

Guided tour of Okopowa Jewish Cemetery

The Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, was established in 1806. The cemetery, a portal into more than 200 years of Jewish life in Warsaw through the present day, contains over 250,000 graves, as well as mass graves of victims of the Warsaw Ghetto.  The cemetery closes early on Fridays and is not open on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays.

Pierogi (a typical Polish dish akin to kreplach) lunch in the Old Town

Visit to the Zabinski Villa, the site where the zookeeper and his family hid Jews during World War II. The story is now a film, The Zookeeper’s Wife, based on Mrs. Zabinski’s diary.

Return to the hotel

Free time

Dinner on your own (recommendations to be provided and reservations arranged)

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW/KRAKOW

KRAKOW: THE ROYAL CITY

Breakfast in the hotel

Check-out

Luggage loaded on the bus

Departure to Krakow by express train

Light lunch served on the train

Transfer to the Stary Hotel,

The Hotel Stary is the marvelous reincarnation of a magnificent 15th Century Merchants House, right in the heart of Old Krakow. The Stary Hotel reopened in June 2006, and in 2007 won the prestigious price in Paris Prix Villegiature contest, in the category of “the best hotel interior architecture in Europe”.

Check-in and time to refresh

Walking tour of Krakow’s Jewish quarter, Kazimierz.

Kazimierz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to seven pre-war synagogues, as well as to today’s reviving Jewish community.

28th Krakow Jewish Culture Festival event

Dinner at the JCC Krakow

28th Krakow Jewish Culture Festival Concert at the Tempel Synagogue. With its beautiful interior, Tempel Synagogue is not only a place of worship, but also a center of Jewish culture, hosting numerous concerts and programs, especially during the Festival.

Overnight in Krakow

KRAKOW/AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

INTO THE HEART OF DARKNESS

Breakfast in the hotel

Framing the day session

Early departure for Auschwitz-Birkenau

Study tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau concluding with a visit to Block 27, curated by Yad Vashem.

Visit to the Auschwitz Jewish Center
The Auschwitz Jewish Center (AJC) is the only Jewish presence in Oświęcim – the town the Germans called Auschwitz. In 2000, the AJC opened its doors to honor the former Jewish residents of the town and to teach future generations about diversity, tolerance and respect.

Return to Krakow and refresh

Dinner on your own

28th Krakow Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue

Overnight at Krakow

KRAKOW/ MEMORY & HERITAGE PRESERVATION

Breakfast in the hotel

Guided tour of Krakow’s Old Town and its Jewish history, from medieval times to the start of WWII

Lunch in Krakow Old Town

Cultural events, 28th Krakow Jewish Culture Festival

Free time

Taube Foundation’s 2018 Irena Sendler Memorial Award ceremony followed by a Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue

Shabbat services (optional)

Shabbat dinner with the Jewish community of Krakow and 600+ guests from Poland and around the world hosted by the JCC Krakow

Overnight in Krakow

KRAKOW: SHALOM ON SZEROKA STREET 

Breakfast in the hotel

Morning Shabbat services optional OR free time OR optional tours:

A) Shtetl Tour including Tarnow to see its unique preserved bimah and other material heritage remnants

B) Wieliczka Salt Mines, one of the largest tourist attractions in Poland, registered on the UNESCO list and visited by over a million tourists each year

C) Schindler’s Factory Museum. Oskar Schindler’s Factory of Enameled Vessels ‘Emalia’ is now a museum devoted to the wartime experiences in Krakow under the five-year Nazi occupation during World War II.

D) Guided visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum, an entry in to the heart of prewar Galicia, and meeting with the Director

Farewell dinner and VIP reception

Shalom on Szeroka Street: Finale Concert of the 28th Krakow Jewish Culture Festival – a six-hour, outdoor concert with 30,000 participants, featuring the Festival’s major musical ensembles and soloists.

Overnight in Krakow

 

KRAKOW: DEPARTURES

Breakfast in the hotel

Departures