Poland Then and Now: Through Jewish Eyes

September 8-18, 2024
(10 days/9 nights)

Monday, September 8 - Wednesday, September 18 2024 (10 days/9 nights)


Dear Friends:

We are pleased to invite you to join us for a special journey, in cooperation with Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, through Poland:

Poland, Then and Now, Through Jewish Eyes

Monday, September 8 – Wednesday, 18, 2024

We will explore three vibrant Polish cities and their histories in depth:  Warsaw, Kraków, and Gdańsk.

Warsaw is a palimpsest. The country’s capital, once home to more than 300,000 Polish Jews, is the phoenix city almost entirely reconstructed since 1945, and the hub of modern, cosmopolitan Poland. 

Kraków, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the country’s intellectual heart, boasting Europe’s largest medieval market square, and an intact Jewish quarter.

Nowa Huta, a Stalin-created former utopian city near Kraków, challenges traditionalism and provides insight into Poland under communism.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, an iconic symbol of the Holocaust, bears witness to history. 

Gdańsk, a port city with a once bustling shipyard, has been pivotal in resistance movements and played a significant role in the dismantling of Communist Poland. 

This well-crafted tour will prompt a reevaluation of our perception of Poland and explore the enduring impact of World War II, the Holocaust, and Communism. We will delve into contemporary social and political challenges following the October 2023 elections, Poland’s role in the European Union, and its support of Ukraine. 

Throughout the journey, we will engage with Polish and Polish-Jewish culture through our meetings with local activists and leaders, art, food, and drink.

We look forward to journeying with you,

Nancy Sinkoff and Sandy Cheiten

Tour Highlights

Professor Nancy Sinkoff, Scholar in Residence

Warsaw, the Phoenix City

  • Walk to the Palace of Culture and Science 
  • Guided walking tour of Warsaw’s Old Town, and a private tour of the Royal Castle
  • Visit to the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
  • Guided walk through the Jewish Cemetery
  • Shabbat dinner with community members at the JCC Warsaw


Gdańsk, the epicenter of the Solidarity movement

  • Guided city tour
  • Tour the World War II Museum
  • Guided tour of the European Solidarity Center


Krakow, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site 

  • Guided walks through beautifully preserved former Jewish district, Kazimierz
  • Guided tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • Auschwitz Jewish Center
  • Guided stroll through Kraków’s Old Town and Wawel Castle grounds
  • Guided walking tour of Nowa Huta


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Nancy Sinkoff is the Academic Director of the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University. She is the author of Out of the Shtetl: Making Jews Modern in the Polish Borderlands (2004, digital 2020), and of From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History (2020; pb 2022), the 2020 National Jewish Book Award winner in the category of Biography. With Rebecca Cypess, she co-edited Sara Levy’s World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin (2018), winner of the outstanding book prize from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society, and with Halina Goldberg, Polish Jewish Culture Beyond the Capital: Centering the Periphery (2023). Forthcoming is her co-edited volume, ‘A Jew in the Street’: New Perspectives on European Jewish History.

Professor Sinkoff is a recipient of numerous fellowships, including from the Mellon Foundation, the IIE Fulbright Association, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Institute for Advanced Study. She consulted on the eighteenth-century gallery (“Encounters with Modernity”) of Polin: Museum of the History of the Polish Jews.


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 amakuch [@] taubejewishheritagetours.com

Registration deadline and full payment is due by June 10th. Individual links to online payment via credit card will be sent prior to this date.

Double Occupancy

Per Person
PLN 16,730 approx. USD 4,290
  • Early bird 5% discount - register until May 10!
  • Single supplement PLN 2 690 (USD 670)
  • Three-star accommodations
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Group transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and tickets
  • Private guiding services
  • Tour coordinator throughout the program
  • Meetings with guest speakers as indicated in the itinerary

The fee does not include:​

  • Airfare
  • International health and travel insurance (required) 
  • Personal expenses 
  • Gratuities /tips
  • Additional ground transportation is not included in the Itinerary 
  • Additional activities 
  • Alcoholic beverages (with exception of group dinners)
  • Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions, and transfers not specified in the Itinerary
  • Cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance 
  • Staff gratuities 
  • New government taxes, levies, fuel, or industry increases which are beyond our control 
  • Any items of a personal nature or anything (items and services) not specifically stated as included 
  • Optional excursions (if offered) 
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation or other arrangements

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