END OF SPRING SEMESTER | 6 DAYS
Much more than a graveyard
What: For centuries, the Jewish people had a vibrant religious and cultural life in Poland until the destruction of the community in the Holocaust. This trip will explore that rich history, understand its eventual destruction and also look at the re-birth of the Jewish community and of Poland itself. The trip will take you on a journey from Warsaw to Lublin, Galicia, and finally Krakow. You will visit ancient synagogues, shtetls, cemeteries, and death camps, gaining a greater understanding of the Jewish community of Poland pre- and post- WWII. You will also get the chance to visit quaint Polish towns and villages, castles, palaces and the incredible salt mines. We will also examine Israel’s relationship with Poland, one of our strong allies in the increasingly hostile United Nations.
Why: As Winston Churchill once wrote, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” How can we as Jews ensure our future as a people if we do not learn from our past? To understand the loss, we must recall what existed before the war and appreciate its magnificence. Through an exploration of both the beauty and the sadness of Poland’s Jewish history, we will be able to do more than simply say, “Never Again.” We will be able to bear witness to the atrocities of this dark hour in our people’s past while also shining a light on the vibrant Jewish community which once flourished in Poland.
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