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 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 40 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.


  • 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!

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

Deadline registration is January 25, 2019.

Trip total cost
These are prices based on delux accommodation:
Price per person, double occupancy: PLN 15,870; approx. $4,900
Price per person, single occupancy: PLN 17,850; approx. $5,525

*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 = 3.23 PLN (exchange rate as of March 5, 2018)

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

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



  • 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
  • Wilanow Palace, a wonderful baroque royal residence


  • 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


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


  • 30th anniversary of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, celebrating “The State of Israel at 70”, 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 600+ guests, hosted by JCC Krakow
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines, optional

and much more!


  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Warsaw and Krakow (double occupancy)
  • Tour leader: Helise Lieberman, Director, Taube Center
  • Scholar-in-residence: Dr. Tomasz Cebulski, PhD, Polish Jewish and Holocaust Studies
  • Full-time Program Coordinator
  • All private services throughout the tour, as specified
  • Ground transfers as specified
  • VIP access to 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


  • Airfare is not included
  • 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
  • Services not mentioned

Itinerary (subject to change):


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

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

Check in, Sofitel Warsaw Victoria hotel and refresh

Located in the heart of Warsaw, the luxurious 5-star Sofitel Warsaw Victoria is surrounded by Polish historic and cultural attractions.

4:00 pm Welcome and Orientation with scholar-in- residence Dr. Tomasz Cebulski and Taube Center director, Helise Lieberman

Optional Shabbat services

Guided walk down through the Grzybowski Sq., former heart of Jewish Warsaw, to Warsaw’s Jewish Community Center

Welcome Shabbat Dinner with members of Warsaw’s Jewish leaders and community members at the JCC

Walk back to the hotel

Overnight in Warsaw


Breakfast in the hotel

Free time

Shabbat services (optional):

  • Nozyk Synagogue, Warsaw’s only synagogue (traditional) to have survived WWII and endured decades of Communism 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 (Stalin built the Palace to symbolize Soviet control of Poland)

 Participants will be escorted by a member of the TJHT staff to the synagogues

Briefing in the hotel with Dr. Tomasz Cebulski, scholar-in-residence: Introduction to the POLIN Museum, its concept, development and impact.

Depart from the hotel

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

Lunch in the Museum

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

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

Return to the hotel

Dinner in the Old Town

Free evening in Warsaw

Overnight in Warsaw


Breakfast in the hotel

Framing the day session

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

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 Wilanow

Afternoon guided visit to The Wilanów Palace. The Palace Museum is located at the end of the historic Royal Road, which led from the Old Town with its Royal Palace to what was once King Jan III Sobieski’s country residence in Wilanow. In addition to tours of the palace, there is also a world-famous poster museum and landscaped park.

Return to the hotel

Free time

Dinner on your own (recommendations provided)

Overnight in Warsaw


Breakfast in the hotel

Framing the day session

Briefings with: U.S. and Israeli Embassy representatives

Coach to Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

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.

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

Free time

Dinner and Warsaw wrap up session led by Konstanty Gebert; an international reporter and columnist for Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s biggest daily. He is the founder of the Polish Jewish intellectual monthly Midrasz. He is a board member for the Taube Centre for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland and for the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He has taught in Poland, Israel, and the United States.

Overnight in Warsaw


Early breakfast in the hotel


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

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)

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

Overnight in Krakow


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.

Lunch break at Cheder Café

Tour of Podgorze, former ghetto district of Krakow

Back to the hotel

Krakow Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue

Overnight at Krakow



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

Krakow Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue

Overnight at Krakow


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, Krakow Jewish Culture Festival

Free time

Taube Foundation’s 2018 Irena Sendler Memorial Award ceremony followed by a Krakow 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


Breakfast in the hotel

Morning Shabbat services optional OR free time OR optional tours:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 30th anniversary of 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



Breakfast in the hotel


Trip total cost
These are prices based on delux accommodation:
Price per person, double occupancy: PLN 15,870; approx. $4,900
Price per person, single occupancy: PLN 17,850; approx. $5,525

*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 = 3.23 PLN (exchange rate as of March 5, 2018)


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.

A deposit of approx. *$560 (1,800 PLN) per participant is required at the time of signing up for the tour/registration process.

*1 USD = 3.23 PLN (exchange rate as of March 5, 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 21, 2018). The registration fee will be deducted on the invoice. Your deposit is fully refundable until 90 days prior to the tour. After this date cancellation fees are imposed. 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) and deluxe accommodation is:

PLN (Polish Zloty) USD (US Dollar)
Fee per person, double occupancy 15,870 Approximately *$4,900
Single occupancy 17,850 Approximately *$5,525

*1 USD = 3.23 PLN (exchange rate as of March 5, 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

Cancellation after February 1st will result in forfeiture of your deposit
Cancellation after March 21st will result in forfeiture of the full trip price.

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

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:
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.

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 single course or as 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 for each departure varies, so please ask if in doubt. 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

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:

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.

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.