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Poland Trip 2024
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Ohel Avraham- Jeff Seidel’s Jewish Student Information Centers(JSIC)

Refund policy for trips

(including all trips and missions outside of Israel): For cancellations prior to 1 week before the event, we will offer a 50% refund. For cancellations received within 1 week of the event, we will offer 50% credit towards future trips. If no notification is given prior to the event, we cannot offer any refund or credit for the cancellations. 
If a cancellation is necessary, the participant must notify Jeff Seidel at jseidel@jeffseidel.com.

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 Students are responsible to take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to any trips. JSIC is not responsible for insurance and it is not included in the Shabbaton/trip price.

Privacy Policy: JSIC will never disclose your personal information or share it with any outside organization.

Please note that all transactions and prices are in US dollars (unless otherwise specified).

Jeff Seidel’s Student Centers are in no way connected to or empowered to act on behalf of any of the universities mentioned here.

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Our Student Mission is led by one of the premier educators of Yad Vashem, Mrs. Hazy Flint.  2 security guards will be traveling with us at all times.

Poland Trip Spring 2024 Tentative Itinerary

April 4-7, 2024

 

WEDNESDAY APRIL 3rd

Flights arriving from European Destinations
Rendezvous & Overnight Hotel in Warsaw

THURSDAY APRIL 4th

  • Flight arriving from Tel Aviv
  • Bus to Lublin and tour of Majdanek Concentration Camp
  • Grave of Hasidic Master Rabbi Elimelekh of Lizansk
  • Restored Lancut Synagogue
  • Dinner and Overnight in Krakow

FRIDAY ARIL 5th

  • Tour of Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration Camps & Special Ceremony
  • Pre-Shabbat Lchaims, Candlelighting, Prayer Services, Friday Night Dinner, and Oneg Shabbat
  • Overnight in Krakow

SATURDAY APRIL 6th

  • Optional Shabbat Morning Services
  • Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Tour
  • Shabbat Lunch
  • Exploring the Krakow Ghetto, Wawel Castle & Market Square
  • Havdala and Dinner
  • Special Stop on way to Warsaw
  • Bus to and overnight in Warsaw

SUNDAY APRIL 7th

  • Bus to Treblinka Extermination Camp
  • Tour of the Warsaw Ghetto, Umschlagplatz Plaza, Mila-18, Ghetto Wall, Story of the Uprising
  • Closing Session
  • Flights leaving to European Destinations
  • Flight leaving to Tel Aviv

POLAND MISSION Sample FALL Itinerary


 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18th   

  • PM – Flights leave from Europe to Warsaw
  • Rendezvous & Overnight in Warsaw

THURSDAY OCTOBER 19th   

  • Flight leaves Tel Aviv
  • Bus to Lublin and tour of Majdanek Concentration Camp
  • Grave of Hasidic Master Rabbi Elimelekh of Lizansk
  • Restored Lancut Synagogue
  • Dinner and Overnight in Krakow

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20th   

  • Tour of Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration Camps & Special Ceremony
  • Pre-Shabbat Lchaims, Candlelighting, Prayer Services, Friday Night Dinner, and Oneg Shabbat
  • Overnight in Krakow

SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st 

  • Optional Shabbat Morning Services
  • Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Tour
  • Shabbat Lunch
  • Exploring the Krakow Ghetto, Wawel Castle & Market Square
  • Havdala and Dinner
  • Surprise Nighttime Stop
  • Bus to and overnight in Warsaw

SUNDAY OCTOBER 22nd 

  • Bus to Treblinka Extermination Camp
  • Tour of the Warsaw Ghetto, Umschlagplatz Plaza, Mila-18, Ghetto Wall, Story of the Uprising
  • Closing Session
  • PM Return Flights to Europe and Tel Aviv

Poems By Taylor Freeman

After her visit to Poland

Poem 1

2 Poems

I think about my future constantly
I think about the man I am going to marry
I think about my career
I think about my home
I think about children
And I think about children innocence, and their hopes and aspirations
I think about their free spirit and curiosity
Today, as I stood in a forrest in the middle of Krakow,
I thought about these children
Yet they are no longer with us
No longer with innocence, and hopes, and aspirations
No longer free spirits, no longer curious
They were not allowed the chance to be or to do
And the trees stood silent, but the stories roared
And the shofar roared
And the mothers roared
All louder than the gunshots

We are louder than gunshots
We are louder than ghettos, and concentration camps, and selections
We are louder. We are resilient. We are forever.
We are Jewish.

 

– Taylor Freeman
UPENN


 

 

Today, I stood in a gas chamber
And I didn’t cry
I saw the ovens
And I didn’t cry
I stood aside graves
And I didn’t cry
We sung next to 7 tons of ashes
And I didn’t cry
I don’t know why I didn’t
I hear large numbers: 6 million Jews, 870,000 at Treblinka, 18,000 in one day at Majdanek
I think comprehension is impossible
When numbers are no longer statistics
But mothers gone, and children separated, and cousins shot dead, and neighbors gassed
And I don’t think I will ever understand
But I think later
I will weep

 

– Taylor Freeman
UPENN

 

Jeff Seidel – Poland Trip May 2019

Poem 2

Today, I stood in a gas chamber
And I didn’t cry
I saw the ovens
And I didn’t cry
I stood aside graves
And I didn’t cry
We sung next to 7 tons of ashes
And I didn’t cry
I don’t know why I didn’t
I hear large numbers: 6 million Jews, 870,000 at Treblinka, 18,000 in one day at Majdanek
I think comprehension is impossible
When numbers are no longer statistics
But mothers gone, and children separated, and cousins shot dead, and neighbors gassed
And I don’t think I will ever understand
But I think later
I will weep

– Taylor Freeman
UPENN

Jeff Seidel – Poland Trip May 2019

2 Poems

I think about my future constantly
I think about the man I am going to marry
I think about my career
I think about my home
I think about children
And I think about children innocence, and their hopes and aspirations
I think about their free spirit and curiosity
Today, as I stood in a forrest in the middle of Krakow,
I thought about these children
Yet they are no longer with us
No longer with innocence, and hopes, and aspirations
No longer free spirits, no longer curious
They were not allowed the chance to be or to do
And the trees stood silent, but the stories roared
And the shofar roared
And the mothers roared
All louder than the gunshots

We are louder than gunshots
We are louder than ghettos, and concentration camps, and selections
We are louder. We are resilient. We are forever.
We are Jewish.

– Taylor Freeman
UPENN


Today, I stood in a gas chamber
And I didn’t cry
I saw the ovens
And I didn’t cry
I stood aside graves
And I didn’t cry
We sung next to 7 tons of ashes
And I didn’t cry
I don’t know why I didn’t
I hear large numbers: 6 million Jews, 870,000 at Treblinka, 18,000 in one day at Majdanek
I think comprehension is impossible
When numbers are no longer statistics
But mothers gone, and children separated, and cousins shot dead, and neighbors gassed
And I don’t think I will ever understand
But I think later
I will weep

– Taylor Freeman
UPENN

Jeff Seidel – Poland Trip May 2019