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Temple Emanu-El of Closter
Poland Tour 2019

price per person from $3230

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5 nights' accommodation at select hotels

Portage is included 

5 touring days with a local English speaking tour guide

Da'at Travel tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

Guided visits and behind-the-scenes access to fascinating and thrilling sites

All site entrance and program fees as per your program

Train ticket from Krakow to Warsaw, with separate luggage transfer

Meals: Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 3 dinners
1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport.

Water on the bus throughout

Tips for the tour educator, local guide and driver

DAY 1: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the USA.

Overnight: Flight


DAY 2: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019

ARRIVAL IN KRAKOW: RECREATING MEMORY

  • Arrive at Krakow International Airport.
  • Meet your tour educator and transfer to the city center.
  • The Kazimierz Jewish Quarter has been the heart of Jewish life in Krakow for 500 years and is now one of the city’s most attractive and bohemian areas. Our tour will include:
    • The Altshul. Built in the 15th century, this is the oldest synagogue still standing in Poland and an important example of Jewish architecture in Europe. It was designed as a fortress synagogue to assist in the defense of the city. We’ll visit its museum which celebrates Krakow’s Jewish heritage through exhibits based on life-cycle events.
    • The Rema Synagogue, named after Rabbi Moses Isserles (the “Rema”), a great Talmudic scholar and codifier of Jewish law. Reconstructed many times, the synagogue still includes some of its original features from the 16th century. It is one of the few synagogues in Krakow still active today.
    • The Rema Cemetery, which was established in 1535. Many renowned rabbis, including the Rema himself, are buried here. But this is also the burial place of a man who may not have existed. A tombstone marks the grave of “Yossele the Holy Miser,” a legendary figure of Polish Jewish folklore.
    • The Tempel Synagogue. Built in the 19th century and repeatedly extended, this Reform synagogue with its 36 stained glass windows is evidence of the growing power of non-Orthodox religious movements in Poland before the war. No longer used as a synagogue, it instead hosts artistic events and is a key venue in the revival of Jewish culture in the city.
  • View of the pharmacy gateway to the ghetto. Learn the story about the Polish “righteous among the nations” pharmacist Tadeusz Pankiewicz, and his role in saving the Jews of Krakow.
  • The Oscar Schindler Factory Museum tells the story of Krakow and its residents under Nazi occupation from 1939 to 1945. The museum is located in the enamel factory owned by Schindler and his wife Emilie, which they used to protect over 1,000 Jews from deportation to Auschwitz.
  • The Galicia Jewish Museum, with its powerful photographs of Jewish life in Polish Galicia. It includes exhibitions on the richness and diversity of Galician Jewish culture as well as haunting images of its destruction.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner at a restaurant and orientation dialogue with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Meals: Dinner.
Overnight: Sheraton, Krakow


DAY 3: MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019

THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • Depart for Auschwitz.
  • In This Place: Visit the Auschwitz–Birkenau complex, the largest of the Nazi concentration and extermination centers and a key location of the Holocaust in all its inhumanity. Over 1.1 million people lost their lives in the Auschwitz camps. Our experience will include:
  • The first camp built at Auschwitz, a mass concentration camp. Here, we’ll visit the Auschwitz museum which contains powerful artifacts and haunting footage of the lives and deaths of prisoners.
  • We will then make the short drive to the Auschwitz II death camp, also known as Birkenau. Largely untouched since the war, it provides intimate insights into the tragedy of the Holocaust. We’ll reflect here on the personal stories of some of the Jews held and killed here and read accounts from survivors.
  • LaDa’at Focus How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • Group reflection at the Oswiecim Synagogue, on the site of one of Oswiecim’s many pre-Holocaust synagogues – a silent witness to what was once an ordinary Polish town known as Oswiecim with a Jewish majority, later to become the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust.
  • Pay a visit to Plaszow, the site of the former Labor Camp depicted in Schindler’s List.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • Jewish Life in Krakow Today – Survival and Strengthening: At the Krakow Jewish Community Center, we’ll talk with JCC director Jonathan Ornstein and members of the local community over dinner about the recent revitalization of Jewish life and culture in the city and their vision for the future.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed lunch, Dinner.
Overnight: Sheraton, Krakow


DAY 4: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019

FROM KRAKOW TO WARSAW

  • Load luggage to the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Warsaw separately).
  • Depart Krakow and travel to Warsaw by train. (Train journey is approximately 2.5 hours.)
  • Arrive in Warsaw.
  • The World That Was: A guided visit to the Jewish Cemetery of Warsaw (Gensha) on Okopowa Street is a chance to mourn what has been lost but also to recall the strength of Jewish life in Warsaw. From 1806, many of the great figures of Polish Jewry, including rabbis, communists, scientists, and Yiddish writers, were buried here in one of the world’s largest Jewish cemeteries. One of the world’s largest Jewish cemeteries, it was badly damaged in World War II and then neglected for many years. Since the 1990s, Jewish and non-Jewish volunteers have been repairing and trying to trace the names of the many Jews buried here. We’ll walk among the earth-laden paths, an overgrown thicket, and worn-down tombstones and talk about the Jews of Warsaw.
  • Visit the Lauder Morasha School, which is celebrating 30 years of Jewish education in Poland. During your visit, you will meet with Karolina Szykier-Koszucka, the Chief of Jewish Education and Communication, tour the school, and interact with students and faculty.
  • Check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.
Overnight: Bristol, Warsaw


DAY 5: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019

THE WORLD THAT WAS AND THE WORLD THAT IS

  • Visit the newly-opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews located in the center of what once was the Jewish ghetto. Explore the 1,000 years of the rich history of the Polish Jews, beginning from their arrival as merchants through the medieval ages until today. This 43,000 sq. ft. the museum includes rare and valuable art, photos, documentation, and footage of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world.
  • Take a guided visit to the Warsaw Ghetto. Here, we’ll see the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall and the Nathan Rapoport Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and retrace, at the Path of Remembrance, the steps taken in 1943 by heroic fighters during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. At Mila 18, we will commemorate the doomed uprising and at Umschlagplatz, the holding area before transportation to the Treblinka death camp, reflect on the fate of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Still Standing: Warsaw had over 400 synagogues before the Holocaust. We’ll visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the only stand-alone synagogue that remains today. Badly damaged during the war, it was eventually returned to the Jewish community, restored, and is now an active synagogue. Meet with Rabbi Michael Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland.

Meals: Breakfast.
Overnight: Bristol, Warsaw


DAY 6: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019

THE WORLD THAT WAS & THE WORLD THAT IS

  • New Jewish Life in Poland: Talk with staff from the Warsaw JCC about the joys and challenges of rebuilding Jewish communal life in Poland after the shattering ruptures of previous years. We’ll see how the JCC provides an open, pluralistic environment that allows Jews, people of Jewish descent and their non-Jewish spouses and friends to experience modern Jewish culture and community.
  • Drive north of Warsaw to Treblinka. (Journey is approximately 2 hours.)
  • For many years, the world knew little about Treblinka. This extermination camp was leveled completely by the Nazis and very few inmates survived to give witness. However, it is now understood that this was one of the largest killing centers of the Holocaust. We will walk on the rebuilt train tracks that transported prisoners to this remote forest camp and pause at monuments that commemorate the approximately 850,000 people, mainly Jews, murdered here. At the symbolic cemetery, stones mark the 17,000 cities or towns from which victims came from. Our focus will be on Treblinka as a place of Jewish heroism and not just of death. The educator Janusz Korczak was killed here because he refused to abandon the children from the orphanage he ran. We will also recall the prisoner revolt and escape attempt on May 2, 1943.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at a restaurant and panel discussion with leaders of the local Jewish community.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed lunch, Dinner.
Overnight: Bristol, Warsaw


DAY 7: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016

RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to Warsaw International Airport.
  • Depart Warsaw to the US arriving the same day.


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2019 Land Only Status  
Oct 26 $3230 On sale

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Accommodation Details



Sheraton Grand Krakow Image

Sheraton Grand Krakow
Krakow

The Sheraton Krakow hotel is ideally located on the bank of Wisla river near famous Wawel Castle with stunning views to both. It is just 10-minute walk to the Market Square at the Old Town.

Hotel Bristol Image

Hotel Bristol
Warsaw

The hotel is located on fashionable "Royal Route", near the Old Town, Royal Castle, National Theatre, and in the neighborhood of Presidential Palace.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 08 Jul 2019

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full-paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.


PAYMENT POLICY
Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
  • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.


CANCELATION POLICY
Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.


TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We, therefore, recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
The trip price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.


MEALS
Are included as specified in the itinerary.


TOUR EDUCATOR OR GUIDE
All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.


GRATUITIES INCLUDED:
All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.


PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals, etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.