POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, and Taube Jewish Heritage Tours invite you to participate on an exclusive tour through 1000 years of Polish Jewish history led by the Museum’s Core Exhibition Chief Curator Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.
The eight-day journey will begin with a privately curated visit through the POLIN Museum’s core exhibition that serves as the foundation for this special tour. This uniquely designed program will introduce personalities and events, and explore sites and cities represented in the exhibition’s eight galleries, bringing the centuries-long narrative of Polish Jewish experience to life.
Exclusive access to POLIN Museum of the Historyof Polish Jews, and private meetings with directors,curators, and founders
Private guided tours: Warsaw, Lublin, Zamość,Sanok, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Kraków
Reception with Jewish community leaders, Polish government officials, and embassy representatives
Deluxe accommodations, Polish, Jewish, and international cuisine, Taube Jewish Heritage Tours will provide service throughout tour.
Facing the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes on the site of the Warsaw ghetto and the prewar Jewish neighborhood, POLIN Museum completes the memorial complex. The mission of the Museum is to recover and transmit the history of Polish Jews in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect.
At the heart of the Museum is its multimedia narrative exhibition, a theatre of history presenting the thousand-year history of Polish Jews from 965 to the present in eight galleries.
Recipient of the 2016 European Museum of the Year Award and 2016 European Museum Academy prize, POLIN Museum has been recognized internationally as setting a new standard for history museums.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland, and Advisor to the Director. She is University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University.
She was honored for lifetime achievement by the Foundation for Jewish Culture and received the Yosl Mlotek Prize for Yiddish and Yiddish Culture, honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, University of Haifa, and Indiana University, and the 2015 Marshall Sklare Awardfor her contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry. She was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for her contribution to POLIN Museum. Most recently she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She serves on Advisory Boards for the Council of American Jewish Museums, Jewish Museum Vienna, Jewish Museum Berlin, and the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, and is an advisor for museum and exhibition projects in Lithuania, Ukraine, and Israel. Her publications include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image Before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times (with Jonathan Karp), Anne Frank; Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (with Jeffrey Shandler), and They Called Me Mayer July: A Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust (with Mayer Kirshenblatt).
Airport pick-ups/greeted by TJHT staff.
Upon exiting baggage claim into the terminal, please look for your name and the TJHT sign. The drive to the city takes approx. 30-40 minutes.
Check in, Bristol Hotel
Founded 1901 by Ignacy Paderewski – world recognized composer and piano virtuoso, the Hotel Bristol has been at the heart of Poland’s rich history and international cultural life. Following a meticulous and extensive restoration, the Hotel Bristol offers a mesmerizing experience, reminiscent of Warsaw’s Belle Époque from the beginning of 20th century coupled with contemporary comforts and conveniences, keeping its tradition of a unique, luxurious masterpiece with artistic spirit.
Recommendations for dinner provided
Overnight in Warsaw
Official program to start at 10:00 am
10:00 am Private van to the POLIN Museum
Welcome and greetings by Prof. Dariusz Stola, Director, and Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator and Advisor to the Director, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews; Marian Turski, Chairman of the POLIN Museum Council and Deputy Chairman of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland; and Piotr Wiślicki, Board President of the Association of the Jewish Historical.
Introduction to POLIN: its history public-private partnership, location, symbolism, architecture, role, key programs (Core Exhibition, temporary exhibitions, GEOP, collections, accomplishments, awards, donors)
Venue: Conference room, the POLIN Museum
7:00 pm Dinner with Museum representatives: distinguished donors, public and private partners and senior staff.
Overnight in Warsaw
WARSAW – LUBLIN
Breakfast in the hotel
8:30 am Departure via private van to Lublin (an approx. 3-hour drive)
Framing the day session with Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. Screening of the movie, Raise the Roof, on board the van
11:30 am Arrival in Lublin
11:30 am Guided walking tour of Lublin’s Old Town, including visit to the Grodzka Gate and a private meeting with director, Tomasz Pietrasiewicz, a recipient of the POLIN award
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Lunch in the Old Town
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Guided visit continues with a multimedia of the exhibition The History of Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva and a tour of the former Yeshiva
3:30 pm Coach to Kazimierz Dolny
4:30 pm Brief guided stroll, visit to the synagogue (now a museum and guest house) and the cemetery.
Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea and light refreshment in the town formerly known as Kuzmir in Yiddish. The synagogue held Gwozdziec synagogue construction workshops.
7:30 pm Arrival in Lublin.
Check in, Alter Hotel
The only five-star Hotel in Lublin. In the center of the Old Town, a unique boutique hotel with a swimming pool and a car park has found its place.
Overnight in Lublin
LUBLIN – ZAMOŚĆ – ARŁAMÓW
Breakfast in the hotel
9:00 am Drive to Zamość.
10:30 am Guided visit to the Zamość synagogue and renaissance Old Town.
12:00 pm Drive to Arłmów with a stop in Łańcut to view the Łańcut Synagogue, a Baroque synagogue and a rare surviving example of the four-pillar, vaulted synagogues that were built throughout the Polish lands in both wood and masonry from the sixteenth through the early nineteenth centuries.The synagogue was renovated in the mid-20th century, and underwent renovations in the years 1983-1990.
Lunch in Lańcut
4:00 pm Arrival in Arłamów
Overnight in Arłamów at Hotel Arłamów
A unique place in the mountains, where picturesque hills and valleys cover the pristine Carpathian Wilderness. Located on a hill in the middle of a forest, the luxurious property is unique and exceptional. It also has a remarkable history, which other hotels in Bieszczady do not have.
ARŁAMÓW – SANOK – KRAKÓW
Breakfast in the hotel
9:30 am Drive to Sanok
10:30 am Arrival in Sanok to view to reconstructed interiors of Połaniec synagogue
Drive to Krakow (an approx. 3-hour drive)
Arrival in Krakow.
Check in, Stary hotel
Hotel Stary is the first price winner of the renowned Paris contest Prix Villégiature as „the most beautiful hotel interior design in Europe”. The charming atmosphere, elegance and style of the building blend together with the modern surroundings. Proud of the centuries – old history of the tenement, we implement modern, highest quality standards of hotel industry.
Dinner in the Old Town
Overnight in Kraków
KRAKOW: KAZIMIERZ AND THE OLD TOWN
Breakfast in the hotel
Guided 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.
Guided tour of Krakow’s Old Town and its Jewish history, from medieval times to the start of WWII
Dinner on your own
Overnight in Krakow
AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, COACH TO WARSAW
6:30 am Early departure for Auschwitz-Birkenau (boxed breakfast provided)
8:30 am – 11:00 am Study tour of Auschwitz I concluding with a visit to Block 27, curated by Yad Vashem.
11:00 am – 11:30 am Break (boxed lunch provided)
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Visit to Birkenau
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Return to Warsaw and reflection session
8:00 pm Shabbat dinner/Evening program
Overnight in Warsaw at Bristol hotel
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