Follow the trajectory of one of the Jewish people's greatest communities through its zenith and to the nadir, and consider its role in the emergence of modern Israel.
Where Did G-d Dwell?
Melton Travel Seminar
- This seminar, taking place in Poland (for 8 days) and in Israel (for 4 days), will be led by Haim Aronovitz, Director of Melton Travel Seminars. The seminar is open to adults who enjoy in-depth Jewish educational travel, including all Melton students and graduates.
- Accommodations: 11 nights
- Meals: Breakfast and one additional meal daily
- Educational Programming: All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton itinerary.
DAY ONE: Sunday
"POLIN" - EPICENTER OF THE JEWISH WORLD
1:30 p.m. Introductory session
- Excursion through the Warsaw city center, introducing pre-war Poland and its capital, Chopin and all....
- Praga: Old Home to the Jews of Warsaw
- Meeting with a member of the Warsaw Jewish community, over group dinner: To be a Polish Jew
DAY TWO: Monday
WHAT WAS BUILT ? A WORLD THAT WAS...
- Study session at hotel; tour and study at The Museum of Polish Jewry
- Warsaw as the religious, cultural, economic and literary center of European Jewry before W.W.II
- Central Warsaw (through Y.L. Peretz and IB Singer, great writers)
The Destruction of Warsaw During the Second World War
- Exploration of Warsaw Ghetto on the ground and through historical records
- Krochmaina Street: A Microcosim of the Effects of the war on the city
- Visit the Jewish Historical Institute (archives and exhibition)
- "Oyneg Shabbes": Study session on the Ringelblum Archives
- Janusz Korczak and his Orphanage (site visit and study session)
DAY THREE: Tuesday
…AND WHAT DESTROYED?...
- Depart Warsaw from Umschlagplatz; travel towards Bialystok region
- Portrait of a Town over 300 Years
Journey to Tikocyn and Lupochowa Forest
- Packed Lunch
- Into that Darkness
Visit Treblinka and study session
DAY FOUR: Wednesday
BETWEEN JEWS AND THE OTHER
- Today we travel south to Krakow via old Jewish communities, utilizing the route to learn about Polish history
- Stop at Pinczow: History and guided tour of synagogue
- Packed lunch en route
- Krakow as Old Polish Capital, including Stare Miasto and Rynek
- Tour of Jagiellonian University Library Museum
- Free or option to Unwind with Chopin - evening recital
DAY FIVE: Thursday
BETWEEN JEWS and the OTHER
- Krakow's Jewish Heart: Kazimierz
- Visit synagogues and other locations in Kazimierz to learn about a once-flourishing community
- Study session in the Remuh Synagogue cemetery
- Polish Society and the Jews
Meet with a Krakovian "Righteous of the Nations
- Lunch at the Jewish Community Center
- Meeting with Jonathan Ornstein, Director of Krakow Jewish Community Center
- March 1941: Into the Ghetto
- Stop at Ghetto Walls, Plac Zgody and Pankiewicz pharmacy
- Visit Schindler's factory
- Plaszow: Memorial to One Camp
- Towards visit to Auschwitz - group session
DAY SIX: Friday
TO THE NADIR...AND BACK UPWARDS from AUSCHWITZ
- Anus Mundi: Universal and Particular Nightmares
- Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau camps
- Lunch and processing session in Oswiciem
- Which Questions Are We Left With?
- Which Have We Just Formulated?
- Return to Krakow and Prepare for Shabbat
- Kabbalat Shabbat at Remuh Synagogue
- Shabbat Dinner at the JCC
DAY SEVEN: Saturday
A DAY FOR PRAYER, TOURING, RESTING
- Study session: Parshat Hashavua with the Esh Kodesh and the Sefat Emeth
Discussion and seudah shlishiet
- Havdalah service after sunset
DAY EIGHT: Sunday
SO WHAT WAS "OM YISROEL"?
- Early departure for Warsaw by train
- Lunch in Warsaw
- The Cemetery as Living Space: Tour and study session in Okopowa Street Cemetery, the great cemetery of Warsaw Jewry over 200 years
- Visit Warsaw Ghetto Fighters Square, site of the Museum of Polish Jewry
- Summary discussion with local voice of Warsaw Jewish community and dinner
DAY NINE: Monday
BETWEEN THERE AND HERE
- Transfer to airport for 10:35 El Al flight 564 (the cost of the flight is not included in the land package and needs to be booked individually)
- Arrive in Israel mid afternoon and transfer to Tel Aviv hotel
- From Yellow to Blue: Starry, Starry Night
Transition Session on Tel Aviv Beachfront
- Group Dinner at hotel
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY TEN: Tuesday
POLISH JEWS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN PALESTINE
- Meet with Shalmi Bar Mor, educator and son of first Israeli diplomat to Poland
- Exploration of Tel Aviv from "Lodzia" and Nahalat Binyamin through to today's "Israeli Poles"
- Group Lunch Polish-Jewish style…
- How Did We Rebuild Ourselves Here? The Shaping of Israeli Cultural Life
- Discussion with Polish-Israeli personality regarding the immense contribution to Israeli cultural life
- Optional: Visit to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY ELEVEN: Wednesday
POLISH JEWS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL PALESTINE AND ISRAEL
- Travel north to the Sharon and Carmel regions, rural communities reflecting Polish contributions before and after the war
- Socialist Models and Educational Models: Giv'at Haviva
- Lunch with Shosh Yonnai at Kfar Hassidim
- A Rural Model of Community: The story of Kfar Hassidim
- Return to Tel Aviv
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY TWELVE: Thursday
STOCKTAKING: WHERE DID GOD DWELL?
- Depart for Jerusalem
- Into The Valley of the Shadow of Death - Yad Vashem's Valley of the Communities
- Israel: From Past Challenges to Challenges for the Future - Meet with faculty member of Hebrew University
- A Town That Was Lost... Agnon and Jewish Israeli culture after the Shoah (Study session)
- Reflections on Loss and Rebuilding: A View of the Shoah and Israeli Society - Prof. Gad Yair, sociologist
- Final processing session
- Farewell Dinner and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport or back to Tel Aviv
Note: Itinerary subject to change. Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays observed in the destinations being visited.
Details will be available soon.
Note: We will do our best to assist you with extensions both before and after the seminar.
Flight ArrangementsWe will be pleased to assist you in any and all flight arrangements, including additional travel plans, through our partners at Gil Travel. Please contact Neha at +215-568-6655 ext.366 with your flight requests.
Need to Know
- Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 fully paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we may adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
- Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
- A non-refundable sum of $500 is required for registration. This sum will be put towards the overall cost of the seminar. If the seminar is cancelled, the registration fee will be refunded.
- Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private bathrooms. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. All meals provided in Israel are kosher. In travel beyond Israel, group meals are kosher unless otherwise specified. Participants can order additional kosher meals at prices set by our local agents.
- All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
- Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
- Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.
- Porterage at hotels. Please note that room service is not included.
- Flights and personal insurance are not included.
- Transfers from / to the airport unless as part of an organized group travelling together.
- Personal Expenses, including meals not mentioned above or drinks during meals, unless specified above, or room service.
- Travel and health Insurance.
- Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
- If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
- Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
- Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays observed in the destinations being visited.
- Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.
We strongly recommend that comprehensive health coverage and trip cancellation insurance be purchased.
Gil Travel recommends RoamRight Travel Insurance. Consider travel protection for:
- Trip Cancellation
- Trip Interruption
- Emergency Medical Expenses
- Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation of Remains
- Trip Delay
- Baggage & Personal Effects
- Baggage Delay and more…
Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 21 days from the time you make your initial trip deposit, the entire non-refundable amount of the trip must be insured, and you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. However, the travel protection plan itself can be purchased any time prior to departure.