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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Taube Center Team and I look forward to greeting you in Warsaw this coming June.
With our best wishes for a peaceful 2024,
Director, Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning
Warsaw, the Phoenix City
Krakow, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site
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.
ARRIVAL IN WARSAW: THE PHOENIX CITY
A TJHT representative will meet all guests at the Chopin International Airport. Transfers will be provided based on your arrival information.
We recommend that participants arrive by 2:00 pm. If participants would like to arrive earlier, TJHT will be happy to make hotel and transfer arrangements on their behalf. The fee is not included in the price below.
Transfer to the hotel and check in.
Time to refresh and explore the city of Warsaw on your own. Recommendations for go- to- sites and eateries will be provided.
WELCOME TO JEWISH POLAND
WARSAW – the capital of Poland, has been popularly dubbed the “The Phoenix City ”, as it lost well over half of its pre-war population and was almost completely destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt after the war from the rubble and ruins in a nationwide effort. Divided by the Vistula, Poland’s major river, the city’s right and left banks narrate the city’s complex history. Today, Warsaw, Poland’s largest city with over three million people living in its metropolitan area, is a vibrant political and economic center of the country, reflecting the resurgence of Poland’s economy over the past three decades as a member of NATO since 1999 and the EU since 2004. The meticulously rebuilt Old Town with the Royal Route and the 2016 European Museum of the Year POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews are two of the major cultural cornerstones of this Central European capital. Home to more than 350,000 Jews from across the cultural and religious spectrum in the center of the Ashkenazi world before the Holocaust, Warsaw is now home to Poland’s largest Jewish community counting several thousand people, which hosts a JCC, Hillel, Moishe House, and a primary school and a high school, as well as various religious denominations. From the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Warsaw is also the center of international support as well as a main hub of aid efforts for Ukrainian refugees.
The Tour Begins
Introductory Session with Dr. Tomasz Cebulski, Professor Dariusz Stola, Helise Lieberman, Director, Taube Center, and tour staff
Introduction to Warsaw with a guided stroll to Warsaw’s Old Town and a private tour of the Royal Castle and opening reception
Welcome dinner at one of Warsaw’s most famous restaurants
Walk back to the hotel
Overnight in Warsaw
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