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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 One: Saturday, October 26, 2019

DEPARTURE

  • Depart the US.

 Overnight: Flight

 Day Two: Sunday, October 27, 2019

ARRIVAL IN KRAKOW: RECREATING MEMORY

  • 12:00 p.m. Participants who arrived early gather in the hotel lobby of the Sheraton, Krakow and meet your tour educator Ron Singer.
  • Connect to the story of Jewish life in Krakow with an interactive program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland, transformed into the local Jewish life cycle museum.
    • The Rema Synagogue, the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles (the “Rema"), the great codifier of Jewish law.
    • The Rema Cemetery, where many great rabbinical leaders of Polish Jewry are buried.
    • The Temple, once the first “Modern” orthodox synagogue.
  • The Krakow Umschlagplatz memorial, now called Ghetto Heroes Square.
  • 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.
  • 3:30 p.m. The Oscar Schindler Factory Museum. The museum tells the story of the city of Krakow and its residents under Nazi occupation from 1939 to 1945. The museum is housed in the administrative building of Oskar Schindler's enamel factory. Schindler, a successful businessman, and his wife Emilie, managed to provide a safe environment for over 1,000 Jews, and saved them from being sent to Auschwitz. They were later honored with the title of “righteous among the nations.”
  • 5:00 p.m. Visit the Galicia Jewish Museum, which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust and celebrates the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective. Learn and explore the past, present, and future through the unique photo exhibit which captures life through the still media.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. 1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner at Hawelka 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 Three: Monday, October 28, 2019

THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • Depart for Auschwitz.
  • 8:45 a.m. In This Place: Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, reflecting on personal stories and texts. Walk through the Auschwitz Museum exhibits, built in the original blocks of the camp, see the original artifacts and footage, and witness the life and death of the prisoners of this work camp. A short drive will take you to the Auschwitz II death camp, better known as Birkenau. This camp was barely touched or renovated, allowing you a first-hand experience to understand the last moments of the prisoners of this camp.
  • LaDa'at Focus How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • Boxed lunch, en route.
  • 2:30 p.m. 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.
  • 6:00 p.m. Evening program at the Krakow Jewish Community Center with Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC Director. Enjoy dinner with members of the local Jewish community and learn more about the cultural and religious revival happening at the JCC.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sheraton, Krakow

Day Four: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

FROM KRAKOW TO WARSAW

  • Load luggage to the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Warsaw separately).
  • 9:52 a.m. Depart Krakow and travel to Warsaw by train. (Train journey is approximately 2.5 hours.)
  • 12:16 a.m. Arrive in Warsaw.
  • 2:30 p.m. 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.
  • Guided visit to the Gensha Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world. Amble through the earth-laden paths, overgrown thicket, and worn-down tombstones. Rediscover the life that was, through the history, stories, and lives of the Jewish community of Warsaw, buried here. Names of Jewish leaders, artists, rabbis, and intellectuals will begin to shine bright, emanating a luminance that will bear testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
  • Check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

Overnight: Bristol, Warsaw

Day Five: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

THE WORLD THAT WAS AND THE WORLD THAT IS

  • Take a guided journey through the Warsaw Ghetto, including the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall, the Nathan Rapoport Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, following the footsteps of the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes along the Path of Remembrance, commemorating the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising at Mila 18, and reflecting on the last moments of the Warsaw Jewish Community at the Umschlagplatz - the gathering area of the Jews before they were sent to the death camp of Treblinka.
  • 11:00 a.m. 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 rich history of the Polish Jews, beginning from their arrival as merchants through the medieval ages until today. This 43,000 sq. ft. museum includes rare and valuable art, photos, documentation, and footage of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world.
  • 3:00 p.m. Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw. Meet with Rabbi Michael Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland.
  • “Let the World Read and Know What the Murderers Have Done": Explore the Ringelblum Archives, an eye-witness record of life and death in the Warsaw Ghetto. These diaries, letters, underground newspapers, and studies were collected and collated, at great risk, by a group of Jewish historians and leaders living in the Ghetto. We'll see the milk cannisters and metal boxes where Dr. Emmanuel Ringelblum and his “Oneg Shabbat” team hid this material and examine what they reveal about Jewish life under Nazi terror.

Meals: Breakfast.

Overnight: Bristol, Warsaw

Day Six: Thursday, October 31, 2019

THE WORLD THAT WAS & THE WORLD THAT IS

  • 9:30 a.m. Shelter From the Storm: Local guides will escort us to the site of a remarkable display of heroism. During World War Two, hundreds of Jews were hidden at the Zabinski Villa at Warsaw Zoo. Learn how zookeeper Jan Zabinski smuggled Jews to the zoo from the Warsaw Ghetto and see the cellar and abandoned animal enclosures where they hid. We'll also view the piano on which Jan's wife, Antonina Zabinski, would play a special tune to warn that Germans were approaching. Honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, the story of the Zabinskis inspired the book and film, The Zookeper's Wife.
  • 11:00 a.m. Visit the Warsaw JCC, located in a 3,000 square feet multi-level building, the community center has become a vibrant center of Jewish life in Warsaw.
  • Boxed lunch, en route.
  • Drive north of Warsaw to Treblinka. (Journey is approximately 2 hours.)
  • Visit what was once the Death Camp of Treblinka. Leveled down by the Nazi's, there aren't any remains left of what was one of the largest death camps in Poland. It is now a large complex of monuments. Walk on the rebuilt train tracks to the striking monument built from 1,700 stones, marking the number of communities killed and wiped out in Treblinka.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner at Mokotowska 69 and panel discussion with leaders of the local Jewish community including Monika Elliot, program director of JDC, and Magda Dorosz, director of Hillel Warsaw. We'll learn how young Polish Jews are both confronting the country's tortured past as well as rediscovering and celebrating their Jewish roots.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed lunch, Dinner.

Overnight: Bristol, Warsaw

Day Seven: 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  
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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.