Travel to Eastern Europe with Kol Ami June 2019

 

CONGREGATION KOL AMI TRAVEL TO EUROPE JUNE 11 - JUNE 20, 2019

EUROPE TRIP: FROM TRAGEDY TO REBIRTH EXAMPLE ITINERARY

D a y O n e :

DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.
  • Overnight: Flight

D a y T w o :

ARRIVAL TO WARSAW

  • Arrive at Warsaw International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • 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

D a y T h r e e :

THE WORLD THAT WAS

  • 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

D a y F o u r :

RE-CREATING MEMORY

  • 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

D a y F i v e :

SHABBAT IN KRAKOW

  • 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

D a y S i x :

THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • 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

D a y S e v e n :

FROM KRAKOW TO BUDAPEST

  • 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

 

D a y E i g h t :

THE FOLKLORE OF HUNGARY

  • 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

D a y N i n e :

JEWISH LIFE IN BUDAPEST

  • 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

 

D a y T e n :

RETURN TO THE USA

  • 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.

 

Pricing:


Pricing includes the land package only. Air fare is each individualist's responsibilty. The temple can help with making arrangements. Pricing is also based on a requirement of ten participants. In the event that there are 15 participants, the price will decrease by $500 per person.
Price per person in a shared room is $4,876. Single room reservations are available for an additional $700 dollar supplement.
A deposit of $350 per person is due by Monday, October 30, 2018
. Pay now to reserve your spot! Email [email protected] or call 323-606-0996.

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