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Discover your chapter in the long story of our people.

Judaism has survived the ebb and flow of many times, places, and events. The once-flourishing centers of Jewish life in Eastern Europe tell a uniquely vibrant and expansive story of Jewish life. Journey into the remnants of what used to be and discover how that story remains very much alive–in you.

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Wednesday Feb 15

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.

Warsaw
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.

Otwock
A spa town on the outskirts of Warsaw which was a favorite of Chassidic Rebbes. It was home to the Freidiker Rebbe’s Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim. During the war Otwock became renowned due to its infamous sanotorium.

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*Itinerary subject to change

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Thursday Feb 16

Lublin
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.

Majdanek
The Majdanek concentration camp was located three kilometres from the centre of Lublin and was in operation from October 1941 until July 1944.

Leżajsk
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.

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Friday Feb 17

Tarnów
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.

Shabbat in Kraków
Candle lighting to begin
Shabbat Group activity
Kabbalat Shabbat in one of Kraków’s old Synagogues

Shabbat Dinner
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Shabbos Feb 18

Kazimierz
The Jewish quarter in Kraków, known as Kazimierz, comprises the most intact and significant collection of Jewish buildings in Central Europe today, including seven remaining synagogues. It was home to Krakow’s Jews for hundreds of years and was one of the most important Jewish communities in Europe.

Shabbat Lunch

Testimony from one of the Righteous Among the Nations
Shabbat ends

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.

Płaszów
The area of Płaszów was home to two of Krakow’s Jewish cemeteries before the war. It is the burial place of the founder of the Beis Yaacov Girls’ School network, Sarah Schenirer. The cemeteries were destroyed to make way for the Płaszów Labor camp under the command of the infamous Amon Goeth.

Sunday Feb 19

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Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau
The largest of Nazi Germany's concentration camps and extermination camps operational during World War II, the camp took its German name from the name of the Polish town of Oświęcim in which it is located. Most victims were killed in Auschwitz II's gas chambers using Zyklon B; other deaths were caused by systematic starvation, forced labour, lack of disease control, individual executions and purported "medical experiments".

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Monday Feb 20

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Łódź
Jewish people made up about one third of the city's population and owned one third of all the factories before the Second World War. As one of the industrial centers of Poland it was also home to one of the most influential Jewish communities in Poland before the war. The Lodz Ghetto was the longest existing ghetto in Nazi Europe. It was known as a productive ghetto due to its factories producing uniforms and other items for the German army. More than 210,000 Jews passed through the ghetto which was finally liquidated in the summer of 1944. The Radegast Train Station served as the departure point to the death camps in Chełmno and Auschwitz.

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