Dec 14 2011

Humanitarian Eastern Europe Tour - July 2012

Experience a unique opportunity to explore Jewish heritage in Eastern Europe with Rabbi, Dr. Michael Schiffman!

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Prague    Krakow    Warsaw

July 4-14, 2012

Tour such significant sites as: the Jewish Quarter of Prague, Kazimierz in Krakow and the old Jewish areas of Warsaw.

Visit Holocaust sites: Terezin and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Meet and work with the people that are involved with Chevra. Enjoy the privilege of meeting and helping Holocaust survivors.

All for only $1299

For information, contact Dr. Schiffman: drschiffman@gmail.com

Day One/July 4: Leave USA for Prague

Day Two/July 5: Arrive Prague. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel to settle in. Afternoon is at leisure. Welcome meeting in the evening to meet the rest of the group.

Day Three/July 6: This morning we will go on a guided tour of Prague Jewish Town called Josefov (Joseph''s Town). Our tour starts with a walk through Old Town. At the birth house of Franz Kafka we will enter the original Jewish quarter. Our guide will inform you about the history of original Jewish ghetto and of the oldest synagogue in Middle Europe, Old-New Synagogue. You will walk through the Old Jewish Cemetery and also visit several synagogues that are part of the unique Prague Jewish Museum complex. This afternoon you are free to explore Prague on your own or join one of several optional tours to see this beautiful city.

Day Four/July 7: Today we will travel to Terezin. Formal military fort Terezín was built in the 18th century by emperor Joseph II and is inherently connected with the history of World War II. Better known as Big Fort, the town of Terezín itself was used as transit camp of Jews and in the same time during visit of International Red Cross Organization it was misused for Nazi promotion purposes.

Day Five/July 8: Today a coach bus will pick us up from our hotel to take us to our next destination, Krakow. We will travel in a private bus with several stops for breaks.

Day Six/July 9: This morning we will visit the historical center for Poland''s Jews on a tour of Kazimierz,the district where "Schindler''s List" was filmed. Kazimierz became the flourishing center of Jewish religion and culture as well as a safe haven for diverse groups of Jewish refugees from all over Europe. The tour aims to retrace this diversity that resulted in the construction of numerous synagogues and a very unique atmosphere which is still present there. The tour ends with a visit to the monument commemorating the victims of the former Nazi concentration camp in Plaszow.

This afternoon you are free to explore Krakow on your own or join one of several optional tours to see this beautiful city.

Day Seven/July 10: Today we will travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Auschwitz was the biggest Nazi concentration and death camp in occupied Europe. Situated at a distance of 70 km from Krakow in the town of Oswiecim. The Auschwitz Memorial Museum is included in the UNESCO''s World Heritage List. During the tour you will visit both parts of the Museum located in Oswiecim and Brzezinka. You will also watch a documentary on the history of the Auschwitz concentration and death camp.

 

Day Eight/July 11: Today we will tour Oscar Schindler''s Factory and have the opportunity to meet with friends of Dr. Schiffman and learn of their experiences.

Day Nine/July 12: Today we will travel by coach to Warsaw. This afternoon you are free to explore the city on your own

Day Ten/July 13: Today we will be privileged to meet with Holocaust survivors and learn of their experiences as well as touring the old Jewish area of Warsaw.

Day Eleven/July 14: Depart for the USA

*Hotel, airport transfers, transportation from Prague to Krakow and Krakow to Prague and 5 tours all for $1299*

*Deposit of $500 due by February 1. The remainder is due by March 15.

*Price does not include food, flights and any optional tours.