Jewish Poland Summer 2019: The Cradle of Ashkenazi Culture

June 23 – 30, 2019
Join us for an experience of a life time!

For 1,000 years, Poland was the cradle of Ashkenazi Jewish civilization — rich in spiritual, intellectual, artistic, architectural, political and secular traditions, from rabbinic, reform and Hasidic centers, to Yiddish literature, Bundism, and Zionism. Much of world Jewry can claim their ancestral roots to Poland, where for hundreds of years, Jews comprised one-third of the entire Polish population. Today, 75 years after the tragedy of the Nazi genocide and 30 years after Soviet Communist rule, Jewish life is undergoing a remarkable rebirth.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Jewish Poland, hosted by Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland, and led by a scholar-in-residence.

For 1,000 years, Poland was the cradle of Ashkenazi Jewish civilization — rich in spiritual, intellectual, artistic, architectural, political and secular traditions, from rabbinic, reform and Hasidic centers, to Yiddish literature, Bundism, and Zionism. Much of world Jewry can claim their ancestral roots to Poland, where for hundreds of years, Jews comprised one-third of the entire Polish population. Today, 75 years after the tragedy of the Nazi genocide and 30 years after Soviet Communist rule, Jewish life is undergoing a remarkable rebirth.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Jewish Poland, hosted by Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland, and led by a scholar-in-residence.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR CUSTOM-CRAFTED TOUR:

  • Scholar-led tours through Warsaw: The Phoenix City; Former Shtetls of Chmielnik and Tarnow, and Krakow: The Royal Capital
  • Scholar-led tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Holocaust sites
  • Curator-led visit to the world-class POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and other museums
  • VIP access to all events at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, the world’s largest festival of its kind
  • Genealogical consultations prior or after the tour
  • Meetings with Jewish community leaders, Polish government officials, and Embassy officers
  • Shabbat dinner at the Krakow JCC with 700+ guests from Poland and around the world

Taube Jewish Heritage Tours is excited to take you on this special journey of discovery!

REGISTER NOW!
Don’t miss out early bird discount! Register by September 15, 2018 and get a 5% discount! 

Deadline registration is January 24, 2019.

Trip total cost, 8 days/7 nights
These are prices based on delux accommodation:
Price per person, double occupancy: PLN 15,750; approx. $4,500
Price per person, single occupancy: PLN 18,900; approx. $5,400

*All payments are accepted in Polish currency (PLN – Polish Zloty). The price in USD is presented only for orientation purposes and may vary depending on the exchange rate and bank spread.

1 USD = 3.5 PLN (exchange rate as of June 21, 2018)

For tour details, please call us at toll-free phone number: 800 394 1245; or email us at: tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

*TJHT is an official partner of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Highlights

WARSAW: THE PHOENIX CITY

  • Private guided tour of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews: Exploring 1,000 Years of Polish Jewish history
  • Warsaw Ghetto Memorials
  • Okopowa Jewish Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe
  • Curated tour of newly opened exhibition of the Ringelblum Archives at the Jewish Historical Institute; exclusive viewing of the Warsaw Ghetto Archives
  • Genealogy consultation (on request) at the Jewish Historical Institute
  • Warsaw’s Old Town and the Royal Route
  • The Nozyk Synagogue and Grzybowski Square
  • JCC Warsaw Dinner

SHTETL TOUR

  • Transparent, full-scale reproduction in tempered glass of the destroyed bimah, which is designed to emit light in Chmielnik
  • Tarnow and its unique preserved bimah and material heritage remnants

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

  • Private tour of Birkenau and Auschwitz I, including the poignant Shoah exhibit in Block 27, curated by Yad Vashem and opened in 2013

KRAKOW: THE ANCIENT ROYAL CAPITAL

  • 29th Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, VIP access to all Festival events
  • Concerts, workshops, lectures
  • Special guided tours of the former royal capital and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Old Town with the splendid Main Market Square (the largest square in all of Central Europe), Wawel Castle, Jagiellonian University (the oldest campus in all of Central Europe), and Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter
  • Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum, optional
  • Shabbat Dinner for 700+ guests, hosted by JCC Krakow
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines, optional

and much more!

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Warsaw and Krakow (double occupancy)
  • Tour leader: Helise Lieberman, Director, Taube Center
  • Professional scholar-in-residence
  • Full-time Program Coordinator
  • All private services throughout the tour, as specified
  • Ground transfers as specified
  • VIP access to all events of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival
  • Full breakfast buffet daily at the hotels (kosher-friendly meals available on request)
  • Scheduled meetings and briefings
  • Meals (kosher-friendly, no pork, no shellfish) as specified in the itinerary. All dinners will include cover charge, water and coffee/tea. Alcoholic beverages are not included

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • Airfare is not included
  • International health and travel insurance (required)
  • Taxis
  • Optional excursions, some of which we can recommend and/or help you arrange
  • 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 TJHT control
  • Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included
  • Transfers on other days than the announced arrival and departure dates
  • Pre-or post-tour hotels or other arrangements
  • Meals not mentioned and alcohol beverages
  • Services not mentioned

Itinerary (subject to change):

WARSAW: THE PHOENIX CITY

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is often referred to as the Phoenix City.  More than 85% of the center of the city was destroyed during World War II.  The city is a palisest, with layers of visible and invisible Jewish history and a skyline full of eclectic architectural styles. The city, the largest in Poland, is now a European economic and cultural hub and the home of Poland’s largest Jewish community.

Arrival in Warsaw

Suggested time of arrival time by 12:00 pm

Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM

Transfer to the hotel on your own. Arranged pick ups on request, additional fee.

Check in, 4-star accommodation

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Guided walking tour of Warsaw Old Town

6:00 pm Welcome and Orientation with scholar-in- residence and Taube Center’s representatives

6:45 pm Welcome dinner with a special guest

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW: 1,000 YEARS OF JEWISH LIFE IN POLAND

Breakfast in the hotel

Framing the day session with scholar-in-residence in the hotel

10:00 am Coach to the Umschlagplatz Monument, commemorating the 300,000 Jews deported from the Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka

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

2:30 pm Lunch in the POLIN Museum

Post visit Q&A session with curator over coffee and tea

Return to the hotel

Dinner in the Old Town on your own

Free evening in Warsaw

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW: THE PAST INFORMS THE PRESENT

Breakfast in the hotel

Framing the day session

10:00 am Brief walking tour of Pilsudski Sq, Saxon Gardens and Grzybowski Sq. en route to the Nozyk Synagogue

Meeting with Poland’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, at Nozyk Synagogue

12:00 pm Coach to Okopowa Jewish Cemetery.

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 the mass grave of victims of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Coach to Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

2:00 pm Lunch

Visit to Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute with a private viewing of the new permanent exhibition that tells the story of the hidden archives of the Warsaw Ghetto, which were collected by Jewish researchers imprisoned in the ghetto, hidden underground, and rescued after WII. They are conserved at the Jewish Historical Institute for all to cherish.

Return to the hotel

Free time

Dinner and Warsaw wrap up session led by a special guest and scholar-in-residence

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW/CHMIELNIK/TARNOW/KRAKOW

Early breakfast in the hotel

Check-out

Departure to Chmielnik via coach (an approx. 3-hour drive). Boxed lunch provided.

CHMIELNIK – RELIGIOUS MOSAIC

Chmielnik is a showpiece of Polish religious mosaic, during the so-called “Golden Age” of Polish Kingdom it was one of the centers of Polish protestant movement, consolidated around local congregation, dissolved after disastrous wars of the middle 17th century.
The history of the town is also inseparably connected with the history of Jews, who since the end of the same century became the main organizers of local social and economic life. The Jewish community was ultimately destroyed during the Holocaust, but the memory of Chmielnik’s Jewish past is kept and can be discovered with a visit to a surviving synagogue, serving now as a museum and cultural center. The glass bimah, unique on a world-wide scale, is the highlight of the synagogue’s interior.

Lunch break

Drive from Chmielnik to Tarnow (an approx. 2-hour drive)

TARNOW

Tarnów’s vibrant Jewish community included large numbers of both Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, and the city remains a pilgrimage site for many modern Hasidic Jews. On the day WWII broke out in Europe there were about 25,000 Jews living in Tarnów, making up about 45% of the city’s population. Between June 1942 and September 1944 virtually the entire Jewish population of Tarnów was either shot or deported – almost certainly to their deaths, ending almost exactly 500 years of Jewish cultural life in the city.

Coffee break in Tarnow

Drive from Tarnow to Krakow (an approx. 60-minute drive)

Arrival in Krakow

Check-in, Holiday Hotel and time to refresh

The stylish Holiday Hotel Kraków City Centre is conveniently located in the heart of Kraków’s Old City, only minutes away from the main Market Square, Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, Wawel Castle, the central train station and bus terminal, and Kraków’s biggest shopping centers. This luxury hotel itself is a unique architectural blend of a 19th century palace encompassed by modern buildings.

Dinner on your own

Krakow Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue

Overnight in Krakow

KRAKOW: THE ROYAL CITY

Breakfast in the hotel

Framing the day session

Tour of Kazimierz, Jewish quarter of Krakow, a UNESCO Heritage Site. The tour includes visiting 3 out of 7 remaining synagogues and the Remuh cemetery. Guided visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum, an entry in to the heart of prewar Galicia, and meeting with the Director.

Lunch break at JCC Krakow and meeting its Director

Afternoon tour of Podgorze, former ghetto district of Krakow

Back to the hotel

Dinner on your own

Krakow Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue

Overnight at 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.

Return to Krakow and reflection session

Free time

Dinner on your own

Krakow Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue

Shabbat services (optional)

9:00 pm Shabbat dinner with the Jewish community of Krakow and 700+ guests from Poland and around the world hosted by the JCC Krakow

Overnight at Krakow

KRAKOW/ MEMORY & HERITAGE PRESERVATION

Breakfast in the hotel

Optional Shabbat services

10:00 am – 12:30 pm Guided tour of Krakow’s Old Town and its Jewish history, from medieval times to the start of WWII

Lunch on your own and free afternoon

6:00 pm Summary session of the trip

7:00 pm Farewell dinner

9:00 pm VIP reception with an overview on Szeroka street

6:00 pm – 1:00 am Shalom on Szeroka Street: Final Concert of the 29th 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

Photo: Pawel Mazur / Kraków Jewish Culture Festival

DEPARTURES FROM KRAKOW

Breakfast in the hotel

Departures on your own. Arranged pick ups on request, additional fee.

Trip total cost, 8 days/7 nights
These are prices based on delux accommodation:
Price per person, double occupancy: PLN 15,750; approx. $4,500
Price per person, single occupancy: PLN 18,900; approx. $5,400

*All payments are accepted in Polish currency (PLN – Polish Zloty). The price in USD is presented only for orientation purposes and may vary depending on the exchange rate and bank spread.

1 USD = 3.5 PLN (exchange rate as of June 21, 2018)

 

TAUBE CENTER FOR THE RENEWAL OF JEWISH LIFE IN POLAND FOUNDATION

TOUR TERMS & CONDITIONS

This is very important information, so please carefully review these Terms and Conditions, before making your reservation. By making a reservation with Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation, you are deemed to have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions.

Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation
Taube Center is an educational NGO institution, dedicated to the shared mission of intercultural learning and promoting of Jewish heritage in Poland. Taube Center operates its Taube Jewish Heritage Tours heritage travel program in Poland and Eastern Europe. Taube Center represents that it has the skills and personnel required to provide the relevant services.

This document outlines what Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, (tour program of Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation, based: Tlomackie ⅗ street, 00-090 Warsaw, Poland, tax ID: PL5252457055) agrees to provide when you, (the Client) sign up for a tour, and what you agree to do in return (“Tour Conditions”). TJHT provides land-only tour services.

This is very important information, so please carefully review these Terms and Conditions, before making your payment. By paying the tour fee to TJHT, you are deemed to have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions.

Deposit
A non-refundable deposit of 10% of the total fee of 1,575 PLN (double occupancy), approx. *$450 or 1,890 PLN (single occupancy), approx. $540 per participant is required at the time of signing up for the tour. The deposit, which forms a part of the total fee, will be deducted on the final invoice.

*1 USD = 3.50 PLN (exchange rate as of June 21, 2018)

Final Payment
All payments are accepted in Polish currency (PLN – Polish Zloty). The price in USD is presented only for orientation purposes and may vary depending on the exchange rate and bank spread. All listed prices are per person and based upon double occupancy. For participants choosing single rooms, single supplement will apply. All our prices (listed on our website and promotional materials: electronic and printed hardcopies) and for our custom tailored programs are based on tariffs effective on date of printing. In case of currency fluctuation of more than 3% or amendments in local government taxes, we will adjust pricing accordingly in order to be able to operate the tour. If the full amount is not paid during registration process, final payment is due 90 days prior to the departure of the tour (March 25, 2018). The registration fee will be deducted on the invoice. We reserve the right to cancel a reservation if final payment is not timely received and impose the published cancellation fees. Cancellation fees may appear.

Tour Fees
All payments are accepted in Polish currency (PLN – Polish Zloty). The price in USD is presented only for orientation purposes and may vary depending on the exchange rate and bank spread. The fee per person for this tour, based on minimum number of participants 14 (fourteen), double occupancy and deluxe accommodation is:

PLN (Polish Zloty) USD (US Dollar)
Fee per person, double occupancy 15,750 Approximately *$4,500
Single occupancy 18,900 Approximately *$5,400

*1 USD = 3.50 PLN (exchange rate as of June 21, 2018)

All our prices (listed on our website and promotional materials: electronic and printed hardcopies) and for our custom tailored programs are based on tariffs effective on date of printing. In case of currency fluctuation of more than 3% or amendments in local government taxes, we will adjust pricing accordingly in order to be able to operate the tour.

Credit Card Payment
If you prefer to pay via credit card, please chose this option when registering.

Cancellation and Refund

Your deposit is 100% refundable for 14 days from the date it is received, but no later than 136 days before the tour starts. The Participant shall bear the following costs referring to the total tour fee in case of cancellation:

a) 10% of the value of the cancelled tour (the deposit) – for 136-90 days before the start of the tour,

b) 30% of the value of the cancelled tour – for 89-60 days before the start of the tour,

c) 50 %  of the value of the cancelled tour – for 59-21 days before the start of the tour,

d) 100 %  of the value of the cancelled tour – for less then 21 days before the start of the tour.

Please note, other suppliers such as airlines, might impose additional cancellation fees. All cancellation must be sent in writing to:
tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

Changes
Itineraries are subject to change. TJHT needs to be flexible enough to take advantage of whatever comes along so that we may provide you with the best possible tour. Uncompleted portions of the tour itinerary are not cause for refund. Participants requiring individual travel arrangements in conjunction with this tour must announce this as early as possible to:
tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com
Individual arrangements can be made pre or post the tour. For any change made 90 days or less prior to the tour, a service fee of $100 per person will be charged by the travel agency. All expenses involved with individual travel arrangements will be carried by the individual traveller.

Meals
Breakfasts are served buffet-style at the hotels. Other meals are served at restaurants or at the hotels, and are based upon set menus (no pork, no shellfish). However, options are provided for participants requiring special meals such as a kosher, vegetarian, or fish option. Lunches will be based upon a single course with coffee/tea or as a boxed lunch. Dinners will include a cover charge for bread, water, a soft drink, coffee or tea is included, and 1 glass of wine per person is included.

Minimum Number of Participants
The minimum number of participants is 14 and maximum is 30. In the event the required number has not been reached, the tour can be cancelled. Should this occur, TJHT will refund your deposit and payment in full.

Payment Confirmation
TJHT will issue a payment confirmation for each and every payment made.

Feedback Policy
We welcome feedback from our participants. Should you have a complaint on TJHT, you should inform your Tour Coordinator during the course of the tour and if matter cannot be resolved after our representative’s best endeavors to do so during the tour, your complaint should be made in writing to the TJHT at tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

Airport Transfers
TJHT offers complimentary transfers on the listed arrival and departure dates. These are June 22 and July 1. For pre-tour arrivals or post-tour departures, individual transfers can be arranged and must be paid by the individual participants.

“No Show” Policy
In case of “no show” of a participant, who is covered by a host institution, due to any reason, the host institution will not be reimbursed by TJHT if the participant is a “no show” or if the participant cancels her/his arrival for less than 8 days prior to the start of the tour.

Travel Protection Plan & Medical Insurance
Please note that individual Travel Insurance is not included in the tour price and all medical costs and other costs involved must be paid by the participant. Therefore, we strongly recommend to all of our participants to purchase comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure to meet any contingencies.

We strongly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance and Medical Insurance to protect your trip investment and yourself while traveling.

Please note that Travel insurance providers have different rules regarding coverage and how pre-existing conditions can be waived. It is up to the individual traveller to obtain the rules for all policies.
TJHT recommends using:

Passport and Visa
Each participant must possess a valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the tour has been completed. However, residents of Australia must obtain a visa. Visas can be given upon entry at major airports, but not at the border crossings from Poland. If you are traveling from a country different than the above, please inquire whether a visa is needed.

Baggage Handling/Lost or Damaged Baggage
Participant will be allowed check-in and hand- carry luggage according to the respective airlines’ regulations. Excess baggage must be paid locally by the participant. TJHT will not be responsible for the loss, damage or theft of any item(s) belonging to a participant throughout the duration of the tour.

Hotel Accommodations
Will be provided in accordance with the itinerary or similar. TJHT reserves the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. There will be no refunds for any difference in the cost of those accommodations. All rooms are standard twin-bedded/double rooms with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded room category. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel’s management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. All hotel rates are based on Taube Jewish Heritage Tours agreements with its suppliers and are not negotiable. Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 PM and check-out time is prior to 12:00 PM. Early check-ins are available on request at:
tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

Disclaimer of Liability
The Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland (hereinafter “Tour Service Provider”) and/or its representatives shall act only as independent contractors for various suppliers of services in connection with its tours in making arrangements for accommodations, transportation, meals, or any other tour or guest service, and does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, inconvenience, expense, damage or loss of property, death, cancellation, change in itinerary, accident, irregularity or delay due to an act of negligence of, or default of, any hotel, carrier, restaurant, company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour, or by an act of God.

Further, the Tour Service Provider is not responsible for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or any other causes. No responsibility shall be incurred for any additional expense, omissions, delays, re-routing or other acts of any government or other authority. The airline, steamship and railroad companies concerned are not responsible for any act, omission, or event, during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passenger contract issued by the airlines, steamship and railroad companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between such companies, and the purchaser of these tours and/or passengers.
The Tour Service Provider is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to baggage.
The right is reserved to withdraw any tour listed herein, and/or to make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable for the convenience, comfort and/or welfare of the parties and the integrity of the tour, without any penalty to the Tour Service Provider. Additional expenses, if any, will be borne by the participant. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to revise the routing of the itinerary. If due to such circumstances a change becomes necessary in the sole opinion of the Tour Service Provider, hotels substituted shall be of the same quality as those listed in the itinerary. The Tour Service Provider assumes no financial liability for any resulting losses, expenses, or inconvenience. No refunds will be made for portions of transport, tours, rooms, or meals, and no credit can be allowed for unused accommodation.
The full cost of the tour will be refunded, however, if the entire tour is cancelled by the Tour Service Provider prior to the published departure date (additional transaction fee may occur). Unless otherwise noted, all prices are per person, based on double occupancy (two persons sharing a hotel room); single supplement noted. Prices are based on rates in effect (including foreign exchange rates) at the time of printing and are thus subject to increase or decrease without notice.
For information concerning international destinations, contact the Travel Advisory Section of the U.S. State Department (202) 6475225.
For medical information, call the Public Health Service (404) 332-4559. By embarking upon his/her travel, the traveller voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Traveller is hereby warned of such risks, and is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against them. Traveller’s retention of tickets, reservations, or bookings after issuance shall constitute a consent to the above, and an agreement on his/her part to convey the contents hereto to his/her travel companions or group members.

Miscellaneous
We reserve the right to change, amend, insert or delete any of these Terms and Conditions, or policies contained therein, from time to time. The latest copy of these Terms and Conditions is maintained and made available on our website. Participants are responsible for periodically checking our website to update themselves on the latest Terms and Conditions.