Testimonials and Photos

  • Discover your past, the present, and our future with TJHT. This unique team has put together a tour of our history in Poland like no other. Our Jewish story is incomplete without experiencing the agony, loss, recovery and restoration of this crucial chapter. I was moved, devastated, but ultimately inspired by what was and what needs to be now.

    Rabbi Naamah Kelman Dean of the HUC-JIR Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem
  • “An incredible journey into the heart of not just a nation and its history, but nationhood and its various meanings. A unique, unflinching, and utterly transformative look into what it means to be Polish, to be Jewish, and to be a Polish Jew. Forward-looking, honest, and hopeful.”  

    Matthew Wiggler Stanford University
  • “Months after our trip through historical Galicia, the power of our visit is still reverberating within me. Visiting the hometowns of my maternal great-grandparents, Nowy Zmigrod and Mielec, was truly a life-changing experience, connecting me more than ever before to my family heritage and that of the Jews of this region of Poland. As a result of meticulous planning by Taube's Helise Lieberman and Magda Matuszewska, we were able to learn a tremendous amount about the current state of Jewish memory culture in Poland. Meeting young Poles who are dedicated to integrating Jewish history into a contemporary, multicultural Polish consciousness was an inspiring high point of our trip.”  

    Stuart Schear Vice President for Communications, American Jewish World Service
  • “The moment […] allowed my sister and me to share our legacy and brought us closer together; in our version of a roots trip, the bond we achieved along the way, as my sister said, was ‘one root we actually found.’”

    Joseph Berger The New York Times
  • “The moment […] allowed my sister and me to share our legacy and brought us closer together; in our version of a roots trip, the bond we achieved along the way, as my sister said, was ‘one root we actually found.’”

    Joseph Berger The New York Times
  • “ADL has traveled around the globe on many fact-finding missions but we have never received more valued assistance and wise council than what Helise and her team provided for us. We look forward to partnering with the Taube Center in the months and years ahead.”  

    Jonathan A. Greenblatt Chief Executive Officer, Anti-Defamation League
  • “These trips remind young people that Jewish history is not something that ended with the destruction of the Second Temple and resumed with the establishment of the State of Israel. When you go to Poland, what you see is not just history, not just traces, not just markers of the past. You see the incredible evidence of hundreds of years, where millions of Jews lived in this one country, and you see all that they created.”  

    Dr. Samuel Kassow Charles H. Northam Professor of History, Trinity College
  • “We say 'Never Forget' in order to remind future generations of the travesties of the Holocaust, but we should also preach to 'Always Remember' what once was. Jewish Polish history should be celebrated, remembered, and taught to Jews around the world.”  

    Ari Moore Engagement Associate, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, Florida
  • “Kudos to Helise Lieberman and her team of excellent guide-educators from the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland for putting together an incredible experience for us! While fairly knowledgeable about Jewish history and the importance and richness of Jewish life in Poland until WWII, being there and seeing history on-site was an eye-opener. The work of the Taube Center and others dedicated to rebuilding a Jewish presence and future in Poland can be seen in the enthusiasm of Jews of all ages who are discovering their heritage and coming to synagogues, youth programs, and the JCCs in Warsaw and Krakow. The most important lesson we learned is how Jewish life survives and thrives, and the best examples of this were the guides themselves and other people we met.  Each one has a personal story of reclaiming his or her Jewish identity, or of valuing and wanting to perpetuate Jewish history and culture.”  

    Rabbi Joel and Fredi Rembaum Los Angeles + Berlin
  • “The message I was always raised with about Poland was negative. I had an experience [in Poland] which really changed my view of everything. You need to look past some of the negative in order to see the positive. That was something that really struck me in that moment.”  

    Marni Blitz Associate Director, Center for Jewish Life, Hillel at Princeton University
  • “This was such a richly rewarding visit; it’s very exciting and moving to encounter so many new efforts to explore the history of Polish Jews and renew their culture. I am deeply grateful to the Taube Center for all that it is doing for people interested in learning about Jewish life in Poland, past and present. I am now working on ways to collaborate with Helise and other people I met during my visit to bring students from my university to Poland, so that they can make discoveries of their own.”  

    Dr. Jeffrey Shandler Chair and Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University
  • “Through TJHT, I can see how strong and powerful is the desire to revive the actual Jewish life in Poland. They are living with this idea and they are changing the minds of Jews around the world that Jewish life in Poland is much bigger than cemeteries.”  

    Mikhail Tripolskiy Moscow
  • “Isn’t it great to be a Jew, isn’t it great to be a Jew in Poland?”  

    Ted Block San Rafael, California
  • “We never thought of Poland as a part of the Jewish future. It belonged to history, it belonged to culture, it belonged to heritage, it belonged to tragedy. But tonight, we went to Shabbat services in Warsaw. As we sat two rows behind a survivor and two rows in front of a twenty-something newly discovered Polish Jew, the cantor began to sing ‘Shalom Rav’ - our ‘Shalom Rav.’ Our eyes filled with tears as we listened to a community which was so foreign and yet felt so much like home, as we all sang for peace at a time when we need it so badly.”  

    Anonymous
  • “We were consumed by the power of Jewish resilience and the beauty of our people. It astounded us that we could stand among people we had never met, in a country we had never been to, and have a common voice. It is indescribable to stand in a place of our rich, complicated, and devastating history and feel such hope. And with that hope, we pray for peace, and strength and safety to all those fighting for it. Am yisrael chai.”  

    Sarah, Elana and Yael Cohn
  • “When we think of a Global Jewish Community, we need to be thinking and talking about Poland. I am still reflecting on this experience and will be continually inspired by those ensuring that Jewish life in Poland is not lost, but alive and growing.”  

    Sharon Silverman Assistant Director, University of Vermont Hillel
  • “This was a richly rewarding visit. I am deeply grateful to the Taube Center for all that it is doing for people interested in learning about Jewish life in Poland, past and present. I am now working with TJHT to bring students from my university to Poland, so that they can make discoveries of their own.”    

    Dr. Jeffrey Shandler Chair and Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University
  • “I am so glad I decided to go on this trip. When I made the choice to come to Poland, I had no idea what to expect. All that I could imagine in my mind was grayness, sadness, and a non-existent Jewish community. However, I was so surprised by the amount of life and passion for proliferating the Jewish community and the Jewish story in Poland. The Taube Center did an incredible job of immersing us in the Jewish community, both past and present. A truly eye-opening week that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”  

    Samantha Max Northwestern University
  • “Last summer, our family embarked on a Taube Jewish Heritage Tour as our daughter prepared to become a bat mitzvah. Our experience in Poland, and the three other eastern European countries included, transformed our understanding of Jewish history. Each day, we journeyed to our own family's past, learned about Poland as the one-time center of world Jewish life, reflected on the Shoah, and engaged with so many who are rebuilding Jewish life today…. As we tell and retell our experiences to our friends, we are asked, again and again, how did you organize all of that? With a smile, we tell them the Taube Jewish Heritage Tour professionals took our family history information, translated it into an ambitious itinerary, then provided all the reservations and staffing we would need to make it happen.”  

    The Dollinger Family San Rafael, California
  • “[I] have been fortunate to be coming on March of the Living since the very first March in 1988. This year, I was able to get a free day while in Poland and contacted Taube Jewish Heritage Tours to arrange for a guide to assist me in locating information on my father’s hometown, Glowno. They were extremely helpful in getting information together before my arrival. I met up with the most incredible, helpful and caring guide imaginable, Aleksandra Engler.”  

    Morris Henoch Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • ADL has traveled around the globe on many fact-finding missions but we have never received more valued assistance and wise council than what TJHT provided for us.  We look forward to partnering in the months and years ahead.  

    Jonathan A. Greenblatt Chief Executive Officer, Anti-Defamation League
  • “Thank you for all of your hard work to insure a wonderful and meaningful experience in Jewish Poland. You taught us history. You showed us the darkness, introduced us to the light and gave us a taste of what can be. Our trip to Poland shattered our preconceived images of the country. The story of Polish Jewry has started a new chapter, and we are fortunate to be part of it.”  

    The Mink Family Philadelphia
  • They picked me up and drove to Glowno. I did not think we would be successful but Ola kept my confidence up. Thanks to my 93 year old father’s memory, we were able to find his home, which is now a ladies’ wear shop. Aleksandra was able to get permission to look around and the owners took us upstairs to the old residence of my family where nothing was changed. “Thanks to the wonderful staff in helping me on this important family quest. I highly recommend contacting the Taube Center for any information or tours. They have excellent resources and amazing personnel that will make your journey as successful as mine. Our family and especially my 93 year old father are most grateful for the wonderful work of this agency and especially to our guide, and now my dear friend, Aleksandra. Love to all at Taube Jewish Heritage Tours who made this all possible.”  

    Morris Henoch Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • “We are just beginning to process all that we experienced on the Legacy Study Tour. It was truly an amazing experience for all! I cannot thank you and the Taube staff in Poland enough for an absolutely wonderful experience while we were in Poland. The scholarship and personal attention to making sure our time in Poland went well was absolutely outstanding. Helise Lieberman and all the education components she set up were exceptional."  

    Morgan Blum Director of Education, Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center, San Francisco
  • “Together, with the incredible Anna from the Jewish Historical Institute’s Genealogy department, we discovered new facts about my family and a photo of the headstone of my paternal grandmother, who is buried in the Warsaw Jewish cemetery.  I was there twice and would never found out about it if not for Anna. My son and I were both speechless. My deep appreciation for all you’ve done to connect us with the right guides and community leaders, some who will remain a connection!”  

    Esther Shacket Pompano Beach, Florida
  • “Taube Jewish Heritage Tours did an amazing job coordinating an engaging and educational tour. Coming in with minimal knowledge about Poland and Jewry, I feel like I have learned so much.”  

    Changling Huang Rutgers University
  • “I can't begin to express our gratitude for all that you did for us. You made the trip a dream come true for our daughter. For all of us, it opened our eyes to the sparks that are still burning in Poland. I learned that Poland is not in black and white, and that the people are not blurry! It is a beautiful country and I now understand why the Jews settled and stayed there. Shabbos in Krakow was an unforgettable event. Our guides were second to none. They were lovely and so knowledgeable! Our trip was beyond our expectations and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”  

    The Birnbaum Family Toronto, Ontario
  • “Our Taube Jewish Heritage Tour was an exceptional experience. Thanks to Helise Lieberman for designing the itinerary in both Warsaw and Krakow with great precision and emphasis on historical (Warsaw and Podgorze Ghettos) as well as contemporary Jewish Poland (JCC Krakow). Each of our guides provided a well informed context for our daily excursions and were always willing to go the extra mile to answer our questions and provide context for our understanding of the Polish Jewish culture then and now. The highlight for me was visiting my grandmother’s shtetl, a place that would have remained a mystery had my driver not called ahead to the Town Hall and found out that some Jewish records were still in existence. Indeed, I found my great grandparents death certificates which listed their parents’ names—great great grandparents whose existence was unknown to me. Our trip to Poland, thanks to Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, is a trip that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”  

    Susan Berkon
  • “The tour completely exceeded my expectations! This was my first trip to Europe, and, because I had no substantive knowledge of Poland or Polish culture and history prior to the trip, I didn’t quite know what to expect. However, I was open to the adventure and the opportunity to learn and meet new colleagues. Encountering such a vibrant mix of old and new, historic and modern, was truly energizing and inspiring, and I highly recommend this tour to others looking to broaden their horizons.”  

    Karima Bouchenafa Assistant Dean, School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Rutgers University
  • “Thank you again for an amazing journey into our ancestral roots. What a ride. You provided a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to get a glimpse into our past.  Our mother would often look at us and say ‘Who do you think you are?’ Well, now we know.”  

    Ron and Bruce Honig Marin County, California
  • It is incredibly difficult to summarize how impactful, emotional and intellectually rewarding this trip has been. Taube Jewish Heritage Tours does an exceptional job at immersing students into the culture of both past and present. I certainly plan to return Poland.  

    Chris Lind Rutgers University
  • “An incredible journey into the heart of not just a nation and its history, but nationhood and its various meanings. A unique, unflinching, and utterly transformative look into what it means to be Polish, to be Jewish, and to be a Polish Jew. Forward-looking, honest, and hopeful.”  

    Matthew Wiggler Stanford University
  • “This trip was life changing in so many ways. It even made me realize that I want to have children and a family because I have so much to pass on. The trip made me think about my role as a leader in the world and about what I want to bring to it.”  

    Rebecca Krauthammer Stanford University
  • “I want to thank you for the amazing educational experience and tours you provided for the CET students during our traveling seminar to Poland. The students were particularly impressed with the Taube Foundation and the Taube Center, and were very pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with Polish-Jewish students. For many, it was not easy to get ready for a trip to Poland, but with your help we were able to provide a study abroad experience which our students will never forget!”  

    Jarka Vitamvasova Resident Director, CET Jewish Studies Program, Prague
  • “It's hard to believe that the tour has ended. I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to go on this trip. I finally had the chance to see where I come from. I feel more Polish than I ever have, and I am extremely proud to be part of such a strong culture.”  

    Katherine Witkiewicz University of Illinois at Chicago
  • “Your emotions evoked a passion within us that enhanced our studies in Poland…”  

    Professor Jared Stark Eckerd College
  • “I am so grateful that this trip gave me the opportunity to experience beautiful Poland, and I am grateful to all of the trip's leaders for making the experience so worthwhile. It is truly a trip I will never forget. Every day, the lectures, walking tours, and museums we experienced taught me so much about Polish history, politics, and culture. From the varying viewpoints of all of the different panelists to the differences in experience and opinions that each one of us brought to the group, I was introduced to a wealth of global perspectives on many different issues.”  

    Hannah Antman Boston University
  • “The moment […] allowed my sister and me to share our legacy and brought us closer together; in our version of a roots trip, the bond we achieved along the way, as my sister said, was ‘one root we actually found.’”  

    Joseph Berger The New York Times
  • “In a Jewish day school and at home, I was never taught to think of Poland as more than a cemetery for millions of Jews. To see a functioning, modern European society was a nice shock to the system, and I left optimistic about Poland. It was especially nice to spend time with people from the Jewish community, and to really feel their energy and optimism.”  

    Jacob Portes Stanford University
  • “I loved Taube Jewish Heritage Tours’ programming - the tour guides were all amazing. By being exposed to the entire history of Polish Jews, we learned that Poland is not a graveyard for Jewish society - Judaism and Jewish culture are alive and well in Poland.”  

    Elishevea Rosen Rutgers University
  • “This program introduced me to a whole side of Poland that had been hidden to me. Not only will it improve my understanding in teaching Poland, but also makes me want to help the community of Jews here.”  

    Reuven Spero Educator, Alexander Muss High School in Israel
  • “I never would have imagined that young Poles, Jewish and non-Jewish, could be doing so much for the memory and rejuvenation of the Jewish people.”  

    Doni Kandel Educator, Alexander Muss High School in Israel
  • “We came to Poland expecting to say Kaddish, and we left reciting Shehekhiyanu.”  

    Alan Rothenberg San Francisco, California
  • “I never dreamed that Poland could be a land of living Judaism. Both the Jews there, and the non-Jews who are involved with the Jewish community, changed what I thought of Poland.”  

    Rabbi Marvin Goodman Executive Director, Northern California Board of Rabbis
  • “I highly recommend TJHT; their excellent resources and amazing personnel will make your journey as successful as mine.”  

    Morris Henoch Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • “I imagine your entire team as wizards with magic wands, wandering through Poland and turning horror into hope.”  

    Gil Troy Education Chair, Birthright Israel/Taglit
  • “Our ambition was simply to say the word 'Jew' in a normal tone of voice.”  

    Stanisław Krajewski Warsaw
  • “In Kazimierz, one sees and feels the revival of Jewishness of this place.”  

    Stanisław Krajewski Warsaw
  • “I learned that Poland is not in black and white, and that the people are not blurry! It is a beautiful country and I now understand why the Jews settled and stayed there.”  

    The Birnbaum Family Toronto, Ontario
  • “It is indescribable to stand in a place of our rich, complicated, and devastating history and feel such hope.”  

    Sarah, Elana and Yael Cohn
  • “We discovered a new Poland. We met [...] trailblazers who enlightened us.”  

    Joseph Berger The New York Times
  • “The current rebirth is the spiritual and intellectual heir of the 1000 years history that preceded the war. We should be defined by what the community has accomplished and the rich potential that lies ahead.”  

    Rabbi Elyse Winick Jewish Chaplain, Brandeis University
  • Our trip to Poland shattered our preconceived images. The story of Polish Jewry has started a new chapter, and we are fortunate to be part of it.  

    Mink Family Philadelphia
  • “And as I leave, I think to myself: When am I going to come back?”  

    Talli Dippold Director of Jewish Life, Queens University of Charlotte
  • “I have been to Poland many times and have guided many tours here. Yet, in a few short days, TJHT has not only educated me but has opened my eyes to consider new dimensions of the Polish-Jewish experience.”  

    Aubrey Isaacs Educator, Alexander Muss High School in Israel
  • “Pure Freilach! That's the best way to sum up our trip to Poland."  

    Judy and Howard Sacks Kenyon College