Kol Ami's Europe Trip

Congregation Kol Ami of West Hollywood and Temple Beth Hillel Europe Trip: From Tragedy to Rebirth

June 20 - 29, 2017


Group rates are based on a minimum of 15 full paying participants per bus. 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.

Per Person with Double Occupancy: $3, 840

Per Person with Single Occupancy: $4,640

$300 non-refundable deposit due upon registration.

Deadline to Register: February 21, 2017


  • 8 nights' accommodation at selected hotels. The tour price includes all hotel accomodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value.  
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides. 
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure.
  • 1st class train ticket from Warsaw to Krakow, with separate luggage transfer.
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport. 
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners.
  • All gratuities for restaurant staff.
  • Portage at the hotels.



Day One: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  • Arrive at Warsaw International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • 2:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and fellow group members in the hotel lobby to begin the program.
  • The World That Was: Guided visit through the Okapova Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world and a testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus 1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator.

Overnight: Warsaw

Day Three: Thursday, June 22, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Visit the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews and meet with one of the curators.
  • Lunch on at your own expense, en route.
  • Guided visit through the Warsaw Ghetto, including the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Mila 18, and Umschlagplatz, site of the deportation of the Warsaw Jewish community to Treblinka.
  • LaDa'at Focus Visit the Jewish Genealogy Center, including meeting with Directors, Yale Reisner or Anna Przybyszewska Drozd.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner and dialogue at Beit Warszawa, Warsaw's liberal congregation, with Rabbi Gil Nativ and community members.

Overnight: Warsaw

Day Four: Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and load luggage to a luggage truck. (Luggage will be transferred to Krakow separately.)
  • Transfer to Warsaw train station.
  • Travel to Krakow by train. (Train journey is approximately 3 hours.)
  • Arrive to Krakow and stop for lunch at your own expense.
  • Interactive ‘Site & Text' program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland.
    • 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, Krakow's Reform congregation.
    • The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective.
  • Check into the hotel and free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Krakow's Reform congregation led by Rabbi Tanya Segal, at the Galicia Museum.
  • The Krakow Jewish Community Today and a Vision for the Future: Shabbat dinner at the JCC with Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC Director, and local members of the community.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Five: Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Pride in Poland: Success & Challenges Dialogue with a leader of the Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH), a Polish non-governmental organization working for the equal rights of the LGBT community in Poland.
  • Guided visit to the Wawel Royal Castle, one of Kraków's most famous landmarks.
  • Lunch at your own expense.
  • Guided visit to Podgorze, where the Jewish Ghetto was located during the Holocaust, including:
    • The “Pharmacy” gateway to the Ghetto, and the Jewish Ghetto.
    • The Oscar Schindler Factory Museum.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Six: Sunday, June 25, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • In This Place - Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, using personal stories and texts as a guide.
  • Group debriefing at the Oswiecim Jewish Center, on the site of one of Oswiecim's many pre-Holocaust synagogues, including boxed lunch. Before Auschwitz became the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust, it was just an ordinary Polish town known as Oswiecim. The majority of its citizens were Jewish.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • Evening guided walk to Krakow's Market Square.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Seven: Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Krakow and cross the border into Slovakia.
  • Drive through the Tatra Mountains.
  • Stop in the town of Bansca Bystrika, with its beautiful Gothic style buildings and quaint streets, for lunch at your own expense.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Introduction to Budapest with your tour educator.
  • Drive through Slovakia to Hungary and continue to Budapest.
  • Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel for check in.
  • Dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Eight: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Dialogue with Budapest Pride activists. Budapest Pride is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organization working for social and political change from a feminist and anti-racist perspective.
  • Panoramic bus tour along Andrassy Avenue and visit Heroes' Square, one of Budapest's landmarks.
  • Drive through the city and across the river. Ascend Castle Hill to view Budapest from atop the Fisherman's Bastion.
  • Lunch at your own expense.
  • Explore the Story of Jewish Budapest over the past 150 Years, including visits to:
    • The Dohany Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe.
    • The Jewish Museum, housed on the site of Theodor Herzl's birth.
    • The Community Holocaust Memorial.
  • Return to the hotel.
  •  Dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure.
  • Optional: Attend a cultural event (ballet, opera, classical music, or possibly a Budapest Pride Festival event - pending schedule). (Cost not included)

Overnight: Budapest

Day Nine: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Contemporary Jewish life in Hungary - How Did We Get Here? Dialogue with Professor Michael Miller, Associate Professor of the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University.
  • Visit the Holocaust Memorial Center. The Memorial Center focuses entirely on Holocaust research and education, focusing on the Holocaust of the Hungarian Jews. The modern building is organically linked to the Páva Street Synagogue that was once the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest.
  • Stop at the Shoes on the Danube Promenade, a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the Pest side of the Danube, honoring the Jews killed by the fascist Arrow Cross militants during World War II; the memorial represents the shoes left behind on the river bank as they fell into the river after being shot.
  • Lunch at your own expense at Budapest's enormous enclosed market, where you can find anything from fruits and vegetables to souvenirs.
  • Tour of the Hungarian Parliament, one of the oldest legislative buildings in Europe and one of Budapest's most impressive landmarks.
  • LaDa'at Special program with young Jewish leaders from Budapest or at the Jewish Community Center or the Israeli Cultural Institute.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Ten: Thursday, June 29, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Budapest International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day. 



  • Cancellations received up to 90 days prior to departure (ie, until March 21, 2017): entail a cancellation fee of $300 per person (the initial deposit).
  • Cancellations received between 89 and 31 days prior to departure (ie, from March 22, 2017 to May 21, 2017): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost
  • Cancellations received between 30 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (ie, as of May 22, 2017): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost


  • Air Travel to and from Europe
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
  • For a group of 10 - 19 passengers:
    • $10 per participant per day for the ARZA World tour educator, $6 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver.
  • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
    • $8 per participant per day for the ARZA World tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $4 per participant per day for the driver.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one piece per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. ARZA World shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
  • Transportation in evening when dinner is on your 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.
  • Water or snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
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