Poland Study-Travel Tour

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June 24, 2014

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Poland was once home to the largest Jewish community in the world. Known for its scholars and merchants, rabbis and socialists, Zionists, artists, writers and hoodlums, it was the world center of both traditional Jewish learning and a burgeoning modern secular culture in Yiddish, Hebrew and Polish. The very lands where Jewish life thrived for nearly a millennium were also the site of its near annihilation during the Holocaust. This tour will include an in-depth visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Holocaust memorials, but its focus will be Jewish life, both past and present. 

Join Gratz College on a journey that reveals the Jewish Poland of our ancestors and illuminates the current revival of Jewish life there. We will trace our Polish Jewish roots through centuries-old shtetls and former Jewish neighborhoods, and celebrate the legacy of Polish Jewish culture with thousands of other participants in the world-renowned Krakow Jewish Culture Festival. This specially crafted excursion invites dialogue between the past and the present, offering an extraordinary encounter with our living Jewish heritage.


  • Professor Michael Steinlauf, Gratz scholar of East European Jewish History; senior staff of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland; and a full-time Polish tour director to accompany the trip throughout, along with local scholars and guides
  • Two pre-tour seminars with Dr. Steinlauf at Gratz College 
    Tuesday, May 13, 7 pm: Image before My Eyes: Film and Discussion on Pre-war Jewish Life in Poland 
    Sunday, June 1, 2 pm: Jews in Poland since World War II: Lecture and Discussion
  • Non-stop round-trip airfare from JFK to Poland
  • Entrance fees to all sites including special openings of sites just for this group
  • Musical performances at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival
  • Visits to sites of former shtetls
  • Consultation at the Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center

   Hotels have been carefully selected for this program.

  • Westin Hotel, Warsaw (5 star)
  • Grand Hotel, Lublin (5 star)
  • Bristol Hotel, Rzeszow (5 star)
  • Holiday Inn, Krakow (5 star)


  • 11 full breakfast buffets at hotels
  • 9 lunches
  • 5 dinners

Breakfasts are served buffet-style at the hotels. Most other meals are served at quality restaurants or at the hotels and are based upon set menus or buffets according to Polish traditions. A few lunches are boxed for travel. No pork or shellfish will be served. Options are provided for travelers requesting fish or vegetarian entrees when ordered in advance. Kosher options are limited in Poland, but arrangements can be made for packaged kosher food upon request. Please specify dietary preferences on your registration form.


  • Tips to tour director, guides and drivers
  • Credit card fees
  • Travel protection plans
  • Personal expenses