Osher Marin JCC plans trip to Poland

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The Osher Marin JCC is sponsoring a cultural trip to Poland this summer that will allow visitors to experience the revival of Jewish culture in Warsaw and Krakow.

Scheduled from June 26 to July 3, the trip will include VIP passes to Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival, a private viewing of artifacts from the Warsaw Ghetto Archives and a tour through former shtetls in the historical region of Galicia.

The group will also visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and the new Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, but the final itinerary will be tailored to the interests of the participants, according to Joanne Greene, the JCC’s director of Jewish engagement.

Travelers will have the option of going to Poland early or staying beyond the end of the trip if they wish to visit the areas where their ancestors lived, Greene said.

It’s worth going to Poland just to see the rebirth of Jewish culture in a place where Jewish life all but disappeared after the Holocaust, Greene said. “It is a whole new day,” she said. “In universities, Jewish studies is one of the most popular majors. You go to the JCC in Krakow and there’s no guard at the door.”

The trip will cost $3,200 per person; the cost is being partially subsidized by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, Greene said. For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/oshermarin-poland or contact Greene at (415) 444-8066 or [email protected].