* NOT including flight
R' David Sabbah
R' Raphy Garson
2 people per room
(single option is extra)
with the beloved bus time
GET SET FOR AN inspiring experience THROUGH poland
- Celebrate Jewish life where it once stood
- Visit the sites of the work and death camps
- Hear stories that will awaken the meaning of life and power of the human spirit
- Learn about the joy of Chassidic Jewery in magnificent shuls and kevarim
MON - Fly Out
TUE - DAY 1: Warsaw
Land in Warsaw
Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery
Visit the life of the Jewish people pre-war through the Jewish Cemetery of Warsaw. The cemetery allows us to understand the richness and diversity of life pre-war.
A walking tour of Warsaw will include the former ghetto, the Umschlagplatz monument, Ghetto Uprising monument and Miła 18, the ŻOB (Jewish Combat Organization) memorial site.
WED - DAY 2: Lublin/Majdanek
Before the war, Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin was the most important Yeshiva in Poland, if not the world. It was led by the dynamic Rabbi and member of the Polish Parliament – Rabbi Meir Shapiro. We visit this place, still standing in its original splendor.
The Majdanek concentration camp was located 3km from the center of Lublinand was in operation from Oct 1941 – July 1944. Between 95,000 and 130,000 died or were killed there, 80,000-92,000 were Jews.
The site of one of the Operation Reinhard Death Camps, where a memorial stands for the 600,000 Jews murdered there.
THR - DAY 3: Lezajsk/Tarnow/Schindler’s Factory
The former synagogue from 1761 has been stunningly restored with wall decorations from 18th and 19th centuries.
The grave of R’ Elimelech of Leżajsk attracts pilgrims from around the world making the surviving cemetery one of the largest sites of Jewish pilgrimage in Poland and still an important Chassidic center.
Before the war, about 25,000 Jews lived in Tarnów, comprising about half of the town’s population. By the end of the war the overwhelming majority of Tarnów Jews had been murdered by the Germans.
Zbylitowska Góra – A site of mass murder of the Jews from Tarnów.
Kraków Ghetto and Schindler’s Factory
Over the bridge from Kazimierz is the former WWII ghetto situated in the Podgórze area of the city where traces of the ghetto wall can still be found as well as Schindler’s ‘Emalia’ enamel factory.
The Płaszów Labour Camp was built on top of the old Jewish cemetery where Sarah Schenirer was buried. Commandant Amon Goeth’s house is also located next to the camp.
FRI - DAY 4: Auschwitz/Birkenau
Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau
The largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps and extermination camps operational during World War II.
Shabbat in Kraków
Group activity & Kabbalat Shabbat in one of Kraków’s old Synagogues
SAT - DAY 5: Krakow
Walking tours of Krakow
Kazimierz – The former Jewish quarter in Kraków comprises the most intact and significant collection of Jewish buildings in Central Europe today, including seven remaining synagogues.
Testimony from one of the Righteous Among the Nations
After Shabbat Drive to Lodz
SUN - Day 6: Lodz/Chelmno/Fly Out
Jewish people made up about one third of the city’s population and owned one third of all the factories. The Radegast Train Station was situated in Łódź ghetto, which served as the departure point to the death camps in Chełmno and Auschwitz.
An old shetl where close to 1,100 Jews lived in during 1939. Local shuls were destroyed and the Jews were sent to the Dabie ghetto. They perished in Chlemno in 1941.
Chelmno was the first death camp of the Nazi’s Final Solution which was operational in Autumn 1941 before the famous Wannsee Conference. Gassings took place in experimental gas vans, claiming the lives of over 200,000 Jews.
Return from Warsaw, and fly out.