Warsaw, Lodz and Krakow: August 30 – September 10

Decorative arch at Tempel Synagogue, Krakow

Explore the rich past and discover today’s Jewish revival, bear witness to the Holocaust, dialogue with local rabbis, activists, and community leaders — all in one of the world’s most popular and inviting destinations.

Our journey begins in rehabilitated Warsaw where remnants of the ghetto walls stand near one of Europe’s largest and most haunting Jewish cemeteries. Each day we will draw upon the vast educational resources and the expert scholars and curators of the newly opened POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which includes a reconstructed 17th-century wooden synagogue.

With a panel of Jewish community leaders, activists, and scholars, we’ll also examine the recent turn in Polish politics. In Lodz, we will encounter the remains of Europe’s most oppressive Jewish ghetto, ponder the controversies surrounding it, and also discover the enormous impact of Jewish industrialists in the century preceding the Holocaust.

Krakow will offer us one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe, amidst elegant medieval and Habsburg Empire architecture. The cultural capital reflects the glory of Polish Jewry, which came to an unimaginable end in nearby Auschwitz, a site we will visit along with Schindler Factory, where over 1,000 Jews were saved.

Tour Leaders

Fred Rosenbaum, Founding Director of Lehrhaus, has taught at several universities and is the author of eight books, four of them co-authored with Polish-Jewish survivors. He has received awards as a teacher, educator and author, has visited Poland seven times since 1982, and has led more than 20 study tours on five continents.

Ariel Goldstein, Travel Program Manager at the JCCSF, was born in Uruguay, studied Latin American history in Montevideo, and tourism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has led tours throughout the world and founded a Spanishlanguage, travel-study program in South America. He speaks Spanish, English, Hebrew and Portuguese.

For more information: contact Ariel Goldstein at 415-276-1506 or agoldstein@jccsf.org

Supported by the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, the Koret Foundation, and the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland