JEWISH POLAND

JEWISH POLAND

THE HEART & SOUL OF ASHKENAZI JEWRY

ABOUT THE TOUR

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to invite you to join us on our first Summer Taube Jewish Heritage Tour since COVID-19 and the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

JEWISH POLAND:  THE HEART & SOUL OF ASHKENAZI JEWRY
Sunday, June 23 – Sunday, June 30, 2024

Our journey, led by preeminent scholars Dr. Tomasz Cebulski and Professor Dariusz Stola, will begin in Warsaw with a visit to the internationally acclaimed POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and conclude at the annual Krakow Jewish Culture Festival in the Royal City of Krakow.

We will trace the evolution of Jewish life in the cradle of Ashkenazi Jewry, visiting the very places where some of our grandparents and great-grandparents were born. Together, we will explore the richness of pre-war Jewish life, memorialize the tragic loss, and celebrate Jewish life in Poland today.

We will introduce you to Polish parliamentarians, Israeli, Ukrainian, and U.S. embassy representatives, and Jewish community leaders. Their perspectives will provide you with additional insights and a deeper understanding of contemporary Poland, its European and global role, and the country’s growing Jewish community.

We would be happy to answer any of your questions. Please contact us at  tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

The Taube Center Team and I look forward to greeting you in Warsaw this coming June.

With our best wishes for a peaceful 2024,

Helise

Helise Lieberman,

Director, Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning

Tour Highlights

Warsaw, the Phoenix City

  • Curator-led visits to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, recipient of the European Museum of the Year 2016 award, and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, repository of the UNESCO-listed Warsaw ghetto underground archives
  • A walking tour of the former Warsaw ghetto and the Okopowa Jewish Cemetery, one of the largest in Europe
  • Briefings with Polish parliamentarians, and Israeli, Ukrainian, and U.S. embassy representatives
  • And, a private pierogi-making workshop followed by dinner

 

Krakow, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site 

  • Guided walks through Krakow’s royal Old Town and beautifully preserved former Jewish district, Kazimierz
  • VIP passes to the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, the world’s  largest Jewish culture festival
  • Shabbat dinner hosted by the Krakow JCC, with 600 guests from Poland and around the world
  • Farewell dinner at a top restaurant on the banks of the Vistula River




SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCE

Dr. Tomasz Cebulski, born in Krakow, holds an M.A. from the Department of International Relations at Jagiellonian University, Kraków, and a second M.A. from the Department of Middle and Far East Studies. In October 2014, he received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Relations. Tomasz is the author of Auschwitz after Auschwitz: History, Memory, Politics, published in 2016. He holds multiple guiding licenses including at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the Second World War Museum at Schindler’s Factory in Kraków, and the Polin Museum in Warsaw. An experienced genealogist as well as tour leader, Dr. Cebulski has served as a scholar-in-residence for several Taube Jewish Heritage Tours including delegations from the Workers Circle, and Hebrew Union College, as well as TJHT’s 2019 tour with Prof. Deborah Lipstadt.

Professor Dariusz Stola is the former Director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. A historian of 20th-century Polish history, Dr. Stola is a fellow at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Center for Migration Research, Warsaw University. He has published nine books and more than a hundred articles on international migrations in the 20th century, the Communist regime in Poland, Polish-Jewish relations, and the Holocaust. His book A Country with No Exit? Migrations from Poland, 1949-1989 is the first comprehensive monograph on international mobility from a Communist country. He is the recipient of the Taube Philanthropies’ Irena Sendler Memorial Award and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Helise Lieberman has served as the director of the Taube Center since 2009. A former Hillel director, she was the founding principal of the Lauder-Morasha Day School in Warsaw and has served as a consultant to the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe,  POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the JDC – Baltics. In 2007-2008, Ms. Lieberman received a scholarship to participate in the Senior Educators Program of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at Hebrew University. Ms. Lieberman was awarded the Bene Merito medal by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015 for her contribution to Jewish life in Poland.  A dual citizen, Ms. Lieberman has lived in Warsaw since 1994.

ITINERARY

Please read the two tour policy guidelines carefully. 

As members of the Taube Center global community, we invite you to take advantage of our special early-bird fee. We would be happy to answer any of your questions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

Double Occupancy

Per Person
PLN 20,000 approx. USD 5,000
  • this is the early bird fee which is valid until March 15,
    regular price PLN 21,828 (approx. USD 5,500)
  • Five-star accommodations
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Selected meals featuring national and international cuisine
  • Entrance fees to all venues included in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation via deluxe air-conditioned coach and express train
  • Pre-tour online meeting with Dr. Cebulski and Helise Lieberman
  • Introductory consultation with the Taube Center’s genealogist
  • A comprehensive resource and reading list sent prior to the tour
  • Gratuities

Single Occupancy

Per Person
PLN 24,000 approx. USD 6,000
  • this is the early bird fee which is valid until March 15,
    regular price PLN 26,194 (approx. USD 6,550)
  • Five-star accommodations
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Selected meals featuring national and international cuisine
  • Entrance fees to all venues included in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation via deluxe air-conditioned coach and express train
  • Pre-tour online meeting with Dr. Cebulski and Helise Lieberman
  • Introductory consultation with the Taube Center’s genealogist
  • A comprehensive resource and reading list sent prior to the tour
  • Gratuities

Please select occupancy:

Pay a 15% deposit per item

the most important sites
in jewish poland

OnlinE genealogy consultation prior to the tour start date

space is limited

Optional family heritage journeys

private briefings