Poland was home to Jews for almost a thousand years, discover the rich life and heritage as well as the tragic destruction of the Shoah


This was one of the most incredible, professional and impactful jounreys we have ever taken. Every single student and sta member was transfomed.

Rabbi Saj Freiberg

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Rabbi Saj Freiberg

Poland was home to Jews for almost a thousand years and produced some of the greatest Jewish scholars, philosophers, scientists and artists. On the eve of World War Two over three and a half million Jews lived in Poland. A JRoots journey to Poland deals with a thousand years of life as well as the tragic end of one of the world’s greatest Jewish communities


  • 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 former ghetto, the Umschlagplatz monument, Ghetto Uprising monument and Miła 18, the ŻOB (Jewish Combat Organization) memorial site. Overnight: Lublin
    Day 1
  • 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. Majdanek The Majdanek concentration camp was located three kilometres from the centre of Lublin and was in operation from October 1941 until July 1944. Between 95,000 and 130,000 died or were killed in the Majdanek system; between 80,000 and 92,000 of whom were Jews. Leżajsk The grave of R’ 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: Rzeszów
    Day 2
  • Łańcut The former synagogue from 1761 has been stunningly restored with wall decorations from 18th and 19th centuries. Tarnów Before the war, about 25,000 Jews lived in Tarnów, comprising about half of the town's population. By the end of the war the overwhelming majority of Tarnów Jews had been murdered by the Germans. Zbylitowska Góra A site of mass murder of the Jews from Tarnów. Krakow for Shabbat
    Day 3
  • 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. 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. Płaszów The Płaszów Labour Camp was built on top of the old Jewish cemetery where Sarah Schenirer was buried. Commandant Amon Goeth’s house is also located next to the camp. Visit the grave of the Rema
    Day 4
  • 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". Depart Krakow to London
    Day 5