REMEMBERING THE PAST REJOICING IN THE PRESENT

April 9-20, 2018

Some trips are designed for fun. 
Others expand minds. 
This journey will do both while feeding your Jewish heart and soul.

 

On April 12th, 2018, thousands of Jews and non-Jews from five continents will begin a march from the anguish of the past to the pride of the present, a pilgrimage beginning at Auschwitz on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and ending at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Israel's 70th Independence Day.

 

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center invites you to join us for this extraordinary journey of remembrance and celebration.

 

In Poland, we will walk the streets where 400,000 Jews were sealed into the ghetto and onto the path that led to their death.  But we will also meet the vibrant Warsaw Jewish community that has arisen from the ashes, defying the Nazi dream of a Poland free of Jews. Finally, we will gather with delegations from across the world to pay homage to those we lost, following the
three- kilometer path from Auschwitz to Birkenau that has been trod by more than a quarter million people over the three decades of the March of the Living.

 

In Israel, we will pause on Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) to remember the men and women who gave their lives to turn the dream of a Jewish state into a reality, and then we will make the transition from the pain of the past to the pride of the present.  On Israel’s Independence Day, we will join hands with our friends from all over the world to march across Jerusalem to the Western Wall to commemorate 70 years of Jewish achievement – and then kick up our heels in a celebratory Mega Concert.

 

The March of the Living from Poland to Israel will bring you face-to-face with the anguish of our past, the richness of our present and the promise of our future.

 

Day 1: Monday, April 9

Visit to Museum of the History of Polish Jews with multimedia exhibit about the Jewish community that flourished in Poland for 1,000 years

 

Walk the Path of Remembrance from the monument to the heroes of the ghetto uprising past 16 granite blocks dedicated to heroes and events of the ghetto

Visit to Okopowa Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe

 

Meet with members of the Center for Progressive Judaism (Reform) and Synagogue Ec Chaim

 

Overnight: Warsaw

 

Day 2: Tuesday, April 10

Visit to Treblinka and the Tykocin Synagogue

Tour of Praga Zoo to learn the story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, subjects of the film The Zoo Keeper's Wife, who were honored as Righteous among the Nations – Righteous Gentiles.

 

Dinner at the Warsaw JCC and meeting with young members of the Jewish community

 

After-dinner meeting with Helise E. Lieberman, from the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland


Overnight: Warsaw

 

Day 3: Wednesday, April 11

Check out of hotel

 

Leave for Krakow

 

Visit the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, including Ghetto Heroes Square (where 33 chairs made of cast iron and bronze memorialize the Jewish dead), the Remah Synagogue and Cemetery, Temple Synagogue, and Izaak Synagogue

 

Erev Yom HaShoah - International March of the Living Program

 

Overnight: Krakow

 

Day 4: Thursday, April 12

Yom HaShoah- World Wide March of the Living

 

Visit Apteka Pod Orlem, a pharmacy owned by the only non-Jewish Pole allowed to live in the ghetto, a "righteous gentile" who risked his life to help Jews acquire medicine, food and falsified documents

 

Trace the path of Krakow Jews to the Plaszow Labor Camp and Oskar Schindler’s Factory

 

March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau, ending with a special ceremony and singing of “Hatikvah”

Late Evening:  Depart for Israel


Depart Poland late evening

 

Day 5: Friday, April 13

Early arrival in Israel and drive directly to Mitzpe Ramon

Check-in and breakfast at Beresheet Hotel

Challah baking workshop at Lasha Bakery

Kabbalat Shabbat

Special Shabbat dinner celebrating THIS year in Jerusalem!

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon-Beresheet

 

Day 6: Saturday, April 14

(Optional) Guided morning hike and exploration

Relaxation Day

Sunset Champagne and Jeep Havdalah Tour of the Ramon Crater

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon

 

Day 7: Sunday, April 15

Leave for Jerusalem, stopping twice en route: first at the Machal Memorial to foreign volunteers who lost their lives to support Israel's struggle for independence; then at the Burma Road, built during the War of Independence to circumvent hostile Arab villages cutting off Jerusalem from critical supplies coming from Tel Aviv

 

Lunch cooked in the Overland kitchen by Shmil Holland, Israeli chef and food scholar

 

Visit to the 9/11 Memorial, Western Wall and Old City

 

Dinner overlooking the walls of the Old City

 

Overnight: Jerusalem-Isrotel Orient

 

Day 8: Monday, April 16

Visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center

 

Meet with Israeli soldiers and police officers who participated in the March of the Living in Poland as part of Edim b’Madim, Witnesses in Uniform, an integral part of Israeli military training

 

Tour of Mahane Yehuda market

 

Guest speaker 

 

Attend rehearsal for the transition to and celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut at Mount Herzl

Overnight: Jerusalem-Isrotel Orient

 

Day 9: Tuesday, April 17

(Optional) Morning yoga

 

Drive to Tel Aviv

 

Tour of Jaffa Flea Market

 

An exclusive fashion / art tour of of Tel Aviv

 

Join gathering in Rabin Square for the sounding of the sirens, signaling Erev Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day Eve)

 

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel


Erev Yom HaZikaron- Kikar Rabin

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv-Royal Beach

 

Day 10: Wednesday, April 18

Memorial Day ceremony at a Tel Aviv high school

 

Stories from the battlefield: meet a veteran soldier, a high school student soon to be drafted into the army and an officer currently serving in the army

 

Picnic Lunch

 

Bridge ceremony marking the stark contrast between the solemnity of Memorial Day and the joy of Independence Day

Independence Day Eve: Let the party begin as Tel Aviv explodes in celebration as we sample the fireworks and the festivities from Rabin Square

 

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv-Royal Beach

 

Day 11: Thursday, April 19

 

Yom Haatzmaut


Morning coffee with Uri Savir, the Israeli diplomat whose book was turned into the Broadway hit play Oslo.

 

Drive to Jerusalem

 

Gather in Kikar Safra to watch the traditional flyover by Israeli Air Force and then march to the Kotel

 

Final dinner

 

Mega Event Concert at Armored Corps Museum, Latrun

 

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Day 12: Friday, April 20

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Includes:

·         All group airport transfers in Poland and Israel

·         Deluxe bus transportation throughout the trip for all programmed activities

·         Services of a licensed Tour Guide-Educator throughout the trip

·         Flight on March of the Living charter flight from Krakow to Ben Gurion

·         Polish staff and security throughout the trip

·         Accommodation in 5-star hotels throughout the trip

·         Meals throughout the trip (as per listed in the itinerary)

·         All site entry fees and activities in the itinerary

·         Participation in the official March of the Living activities- VIP seating at main event in Krakow

 

 

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·         Airfare NY-Poland and Tel Aviv-New York

·         Travel insurance (recommended)

·         Transfers to and from the airport-  this can be arranged upon request.

·         Guests at meals

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