2019 Ride for The Living
Warsaw pre - tour

June 23 — 26, 2019

Are you participating in the sixth annual Ride For The Living?

Why not join Taube Jewish Heritage Tours and JCC Krakow on a special three-day tour of Warsaw before the Ride?


The tour begins in Warsaw on Sunday, June 23, and ends in Krakow on Thursday, June 27, just in time for the Ride of the Living program and the final events of the Jewish Culture Festival.


Ride for The Living is a four-day event that gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in Krakow’s Jewish past, present, and future. It includes an inspiring one-day, 60-mile (97 km) bike ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to JCC Krakow and three days of tours and events highlighting the richness of Krakow’s Jewish life. Participants also enjoy the JCC’s Shabbat dinner after the ride on Friday, June 28, which will attract more than 700 guests from Poland and around the world.


Warsaw, the capital of Poland, has been called the “Phoenix City” because it was almost completely destroyed during World War II and rebuilt from the rubble and ruins. Today, Warsaw, Poland’s largest city with more than two and a half million people, is a vibrant political and economic center, reflecting the resurgence of Poland’s economy over the past 30 years as a member of NATO and the EU. 


More than 300,000 Jews from across the cultural and religious spectrum lived in Warsaw prior to the Holocaust. Today it is again home to Poland’s largest Jewish community and hosts a JCC, a Hillel, and a day school, a Macabbi club, as well as several congregations of different religious denominations.


During this special tour, you will explore the city, learn about 1,000 years of Polish Jewish history at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, discover the buried testimonies from the Ringelblum Archive and meet members of Warsaw’s Jewish community.

How did The Ride start?

The Ride was inspired by Robert Desmond, who rode his bicycle 1,350 miles (2,180 km) from London to Auschwitz, visiting WWII sites of liberation along his journey. After joining the JCC and learning about the rebirth of Krakow’s Jewish community, Robert realized his ride should not have ended in a place of loss, but rather at a place of hope – JCC Krakow. He then decided on finishing his ride, cycling from Auschwitz to the JCC Krakow, joined by members of the local Jewish community and friends from around the world.

Subject to change



Arrivals in Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)


Suggested arrival time by 12:00 pm


Transfer by taxi to the hotel. (Depending on traffic, the ride should be about 30 minutes and cost no more than 60 PLN)


We strongly recommend that you take a licensed taxi, which can be found outside the terminal. A dispatcher will assist you. Please make sure to let them know that you will pay by credit card. We DO NOT recommend changing money in the airport or in the hotel. There is an exchange place a few yards from your hotel. Also, ATMs abound and most restaurants and cultural venues accept major credit cards.


Check in time is 2:00 pm

Early check-in available on request (additional fee may be required)


3:30 pm Welcome, introductions, and orientation in the hotel


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Introductory guided walking tour of Warsaw’s Old Town, with its 15th century Jewish roots, a stroll down the Royal Route to the University and Nowy Świat Street, a charming example of prewar Warsaw.


6:00 pm Welcome dinner in JCC Warsaw


Overnight in Warsaw



Breakfast in the hotel


9:00 am – 10:00 am The guided tour begins with acoach to the Grzybowski Square, with its  panorama of Jewish history, and a visit to the Nożyk Synagogue, Warsaw’s only synagogue to have survived WWII and the Communist period.  An iconic symbol of Jewish continuity in Warsaw, the synagogue continues to serve Warsaw’s Jewish community.


10:30 am Coach to the Umschlagplatz Monument, commemorating the 300,000 Jews deported from the Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka in 1942.


10:45 am – 12:00 pm 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.

The Museum, situated on the plaza vis-a-vis the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial, creates a dynamic historical complex, which memorializes the past and honors 1,000 years of the Polish Jewish experience.  The Museum, with its eight gallery core exhibition, opened in 2013, has been recognized internationally and draws guests from Poland and around the world.


12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch in the POLIN Museum


1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Audio-guided tour through POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews


Coach back to the hotel/Free time


Dinner on your own. Recommendations for shopping, restaurants and cultural events will be provided. 


Overnight in Warsaw



Breakfast in the hotel


10:00 am Coach to the Okopowa Jewish Cemetery


10:15 am – 12:00 pm Guided visit to the Jewish Cemetery on Okopowa Street

 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


Transfer via coach


12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Visit the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, the largest repository of Polish Jewish material heritage in the world for aguided tourthrough its permanent exhibition of artifacts from the Oyneg Shabbes Archives.
Created by historian and sociologist Emanuel Ringelblum, along with the clandestine network of researchers in the Warsaw Ghetto, the Archives document life and death in the Ghetto and throughout Nazi-occupied Poland in detailed and intimate real-time narratives.


2:30 pm Free time or pre-scheduled genealogy consultations at the Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center


6:30 pm Dinner


Overnight in Warsaw



Breakfast in the hotel


9:00 am Coach to Praga, a district of Warsaw on the east bank of the Vistula River


9:30 am – 10:30 am Guided visit to the Zabinski Villa, the site where the zookeeper and his family hid Jews during World War II.
The story has been presented in a film: “The Zookeeper’s Wife”, based on Mrs. Zabinski’s diary.


10:30 am – 12:00 pm Guided walking tour of the Praga district

Through the centuries, the district called Praga was an independent town, which became formally attached to Warsaw in the late 18th century. For years, it was a secondary part of the city that survived the devastation of war as the Soviet Red Army encamped there, witnessing the near total destruction of Warsaw’s city center. Today, it is a fascinating district, moving toward gentrification but with many traces of its past complete and an array of restaurants, artistic studios, galleries, alternative theaters and underground clubs.


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch in Praga district


Coach to the hotel


2:50 pm Meeting in the hotel lobby with your luggage


3:47 pm Departure via fast train to Kraków


6:06 pm Arrival in Kraków


Transfer from the train station to the hotel, check in to the hotel


Dinner on your own. Recommendations will be provided.


Overnight in Kraków



Breakfast in the hotel

Check out and transfer of luggage to the respective hotels


Join the Krakow JCC’s Ride for the Living 2019 Program!

Register today

Registration deadline is June 1, 2019

Price per person

Double occupancy
$ 1,230 PLN 4,421
  • 5 days/4 nights
  • Visit to the world-class
    POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Visit the exhibition of selections from
    the Ringelblum Archives at the Jewish Historical Institute
  • Visit to the Zabinski Villa of which story has been presented in a film: “The Zookeeper’s Wife”