Before World War II, Poland’s three million Jews represented one of the largest and most influential Jewish communities in the World. Poland’s diverse Jewish community included Hasidim, secular Jewish intellectuals, Yiddish writers, Zionists, and Socialists.
Today, an impressive new museum has opened in Warsaw; Jewish festivals in Krakow and other parts of Poland attract tens of thousands each year, synagogues are re-opening; a chief rabbi has been appointed and Hebrew classes are being offered.
Rabbi Amichai is proud to serve as the scholar in residence on Jewish Heritage Travel’s trip. The itinerary includes Warsaw where a highlight will be the Museum of the History of Polish Jews where we will explore Poland’s 1,000-year Jewish history. Additionally we will visit other sites of interest in Warsaw, including the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the remains of Mila 18, and the Umshlagplatz — site from which Jews were deported to Treblinka.
In historically rich Krakow, we will tour the once thriving Jewish district of Kazimierz with its many surviving synagogues, the pre-war Jewish cemetery and the largest medieval market square in Europe. Additionally, we will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and newly expanded Auschwitz Jewish Center.
Traveling with us throughout will be trip leader Aryeh Maidenbaum and accompanying scholar, Rabbi Amichai — who will help us explore the phenomenon of a renewal of Jewish life in Poland. We invite you to join us on this exciting trip.
May 3 – 15, 2018
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