sample itinerary

MAIMONIDES POLAND ITINERARY

Monday

Depart USA

Participants meet up with group at Atlanta airport


Tuesday

Arrival in Warsaw

Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery

Visit the life of the Jewish people pre-war through the Jewish Cemetery of Warsaw. The cemetery allows us to understand the richness and diversity of life pre-war.

Warsaw

A walking tour of Warsaw will include the Nozyk Synagogue, the former ghetto, the Church of the Apostates, the Umschlagplatz monument, Ghetto Uprising monument and Miła 18, the ŻOB (Jewish Combat Organization) memorial site.

Overnight: Warsaw


Wednesday

Treblinka Death Camp

The site of the infamous Nazi death camp in which over 800,000 Jews were murdered.

Tykocin, Lopuchowo

Lublin

Before the war, Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin was the most important Yeshiva in Poland, if not the world. It was led by the dynamic Rabbi and member of the Polish Parliament – Rabbi Meir Shapiro. We will also visit the Old Lublin cemetery. Walking tour of the Old Town of Lublin

Overnight: Lublin


Thursday

Majdanek Death Camp

The Majdanek concentration camp was located three kilometers from the center of Lublin and was in operation from October 1941 until July 1945.

Kraznik

A small town close in which we can tell the remarkable story of those who put their lives at risk to save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust.

Leżajsk

The grave of Elimelech of Leżajsk attracts pilgrims from around the world making the surviving cemetery one of the largest sites of Jewish pilgrimage in Poland and still an important Chassidic center.

Overnight: Tarnov


Friday

Tarnov

Zbylitowska Góra

A site of mass murder of the Jews from Tarnów.

Shabbat in Kraków

Candle lighting to begin Shabbat

Kraków Old Jewish Cemetery

Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat dinner

Overnight: Krakow


Shabbat - Saturday

Krakow

Optional Shabbat Service

Kiddush

Walking Tour of Krakow

Kazimierz

The former Jewish quarter in Kraków comprises the most intact and significant collection of Jewish buildings in Central Europe today, including seven remaining synagogues.

Shabbat Lunch

Shabbat ends

Kraków Ghetto and Schindler’s Factory

Over the bridge from Kazimierz is the former WWII ghetto situated in the Podgórze area of the city where traces of the ghetto wall can still be found as well as Schindler's ‘Emalia’ enamel factory.

Overnight: Krakow


Sunday

Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II - Birkenau

The largest of Nazi Germany's concentration camps and extermination camps operational during World War II, the camp took its German name from the name of the Polish town of Oświęcim in which it is located. Most victims were killed in Auschwitz II's gas chambers using Zyklon B; other deaths were caused by systematic starvation, forced labour, lack of disease control, individual executions and purported "medical experiments".

Overnight: Lodz


Monday

Łódź Cemetary and Ghetto

Jewish people made up about one third of the city's population and owned one third of all the factories. The Radegast Train Station was situated in Łódź ghetto, which served as the departure point to the death camps in Chełmno and Auschwitz. We will visit the Jewish Cemetery of Lodz as well as the site of the ghetto.

Chelmno

Chelmno was the first death camp of the Nazi’s Final Solution which was operational in Autumn 1941 before the famous Wannsee Conference. Gassings took place in experimental gas vans claiming the lives of over 200,000 Jews.

Concluding program

Depart from Warsaw Airport