The Workmen’s Circle will be leading a delegation through Lithuania and Poland May 25–June 4, 2019. On this unique Jewish Journey, you will explore the Jewish legacy of resistance, commemoration and culture and the roots of Yiddishkayt culture.
During this immersive trip, you will have the opportunity to explore the thousand-year history of Jewish life in Lithuania and Poland. The itinerary has been designed to highlight our activist tradition, beginning in Vilnius, the birthplace of the Jewish Labor Bund through the site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
This specially curated journey will include a private scholar-in-residence, Professor Tomasz Cebulski, Ph.D., of Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
In April 2018, the Workmen’s Circle, an organization that continues to be steeped in its Eastern European heritage, led a 40-person, multi-generational delegation through Poland, which coincided with the 75th commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This trip enabled participants to make tangible connections to their past, and the rich cultural heritage of 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland.
Mir zaynen do. We are here. Words that were a rallying cry for the Jews in the Vilna Ghetto as word reached them of the courageous uprising in Warsaw. As we did last April, our delegation will bring these words back to life by being present, connecting with the Jewish communities throughout Poland and Lithuania, and honoring the lives of the six million who perished.
Highlights of this year’s journey include:
Vilnius – once referred to as “Jerusalem of the North,” was a focal point of Jewish life and learning and is now a modern capital centered around the beautiful Old Town. We will stand in the birthplace of the Jewish Labor Bund and Likiskie, the sites of the former Ghetto and Great Synagogue of Vilnius.
We will visit the lands of the shtetls from Bialystok to Sejny.
Warsaw – the “Phoenix City,” we will take a VIP tour of the new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, walk and shop through Old Town, and have private guided walk along the historic perimeter of the Warsaw Ghetto, and a private commemoration at Mila 18.
Together, as a supportive community, we will commemorate the Shoah with private guided visits to Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Krakow – We will end our trip in this historic center of European Jewry, which is now a main area of Jewish revival in Eastern Europe.
A sample of what the Workmen’s Circle 2018 Jewish Journey participants had to say:
The Workmen’s Circle did an outstanding job organizing this trip. I am so grateful for this experience. I learned so much from my fellow travelers and of course, the special people of Poland.
– Gary Shelton, Brooklyn, NY
I’m so glad I went on this trip with the Workmen’s Circle! We had VIP treatment wherever we went.
– Ellen Krechmer, Melrose, Massachusetts
Thank you, Workmen’s Circle for the magnificent and memorable trip to Poland. It was the best group tour I have ever experienced.
– Maria Medina, Glenview, IL
This is a trip every Jew should make. It profoundly deepened my connection to our culture and appreciation for our contributions to European culture. I highly recommend the trip.
– Robin Dibner, New York, NY
Since its founding, the Workmen’s Circle has been committed to preserving, commemorating, and growing the many connections to its rich Yiddishkayt heritage and traditions. Today, its cultural and activist yerushe (inheritance) couldn’t be more important, as we face so many challenges, and so many opportunities to learn from our past. This curated journey will include connections to the Jewish high cultural tradition of art, literature, music, and food, and will bring participants to the heart of the vibrant Jewish life in pre-20th century Lithuania and Poland, as well as commemorate the terrible losses of the Holocaust. It will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants, and we hope you will consider joining us in May!
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Would you like to find out more before committing to this trip? Join the Workmen’s Circle at their Midtown Manhattan office on Tuesday, February 26, 6:00–8:00PM for a special gathering with Helise Lieberman, Director of Taube Jewish Heritage Tours/Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish life in Poland. Helise who lives in Warsaw, will share the details about what to expect on our journey, updates on the political climates in Poland/Lithuania, and why making a roots trip is so important. This event which includes light Polish nosh is free, but space is limited. Register at https://circle.org/event/special-preview-event-workmens-circle-2019-jewish-journey/