Mission to Poland & Israel

 

October 16-24, 2018

PRICING

CORE MISSION

 

Book by April 9, 2018                    $3,150 *

Book after April 9, 2018                $3,400   (including subsidy)

 

*Price is based on a double occupancy, after $250 early bird discount and Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven $500 subsidy. The subsidy requires you to meet the minimum suggested gift of $600 per person to the 2018 Jewish Federation Annual Campaign and attend all scheduled mission programs and events during the mission.

 

Actual cost of the ground package booked after April 9, 2018 without subsidy: $3,900 (Price subject to change)

ITINERARY*

*Subject to change

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018

  • Arrive at Warsaw on own

(We suggest to all arrive the day before)

  • Additional Nights at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw: $255 double/$240 single

  • Tour begins at 1 p.m. in the Lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel

  • Introduction and welcome ceremony at the Jewish Cemetery on Okopowa Street

  • Visit the fascinating ancient Jewish cemetery outside the Ghetto, which documents 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland. Some of the famous sites within the cemetery include Janusz Korczak and important Ghetto Rabbis.

  • Explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto and learn about the Jewish community’s famous revolt along the Route of Heroes and at Rappaport Memorial

  • Evening: Welcome dinner at the Warsaw JCC joined by members of the community

 

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw

MEALS INCLUDED: Lunch & Dinner (breakfast if arriving earlier)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018

  • Depart from Warsaw and travel to Lublin (about 2.5 hours)

  • Visit Majdanek concentration camp originally set up in July 1941 for prisoners of war but soon turned into a camp for Jews and Poles (packed lunch provided en route)

  • Drive from Majdanek to Zbylitowska Góra (about 3 hours)

  • Zbylitowska Góra - ‘Children’s forest’ the place where 800 children were brutally murdered by Nazi soldiers. Check in and dinner at Krakow hotel (about 1 hour drive to Krakow)

 

OVERNIGHT: Grand Hotel, Krakow

ALL MEALS INCLUDED

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018

  • Travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi concentration camps where many Jews and others perished during WWII. Here we will see the museum and pay tribute to the victims. (packed lunch provided en route)

  • Return to Krakow in the late afternoon, stopping to view the historic Schindler Factory, which functioned under the five-year Nazi occupation and where approximately 1,200 Jewish prisoners survived the Holocaust

  • Walking tour of Jewish Quarter of Kazmierz, the historic center of Jewish Krakow including meeting with locals at JCC

  • Evening: Explore Krakow’s Old Town and the grounds of Wawel Castle, built at the behest of King Casimir III the Great- Dinner on own

  • Connect to LOT flight #3922 leaving Krakow to Warsaw at 9:10 p.m.

 

OVERNIGHT: En route to Israel

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast & Lunch

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion with Flight #151 at 3:45 a.m.

  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport where we will meet our Israeli staff team and be escorted to our awaiting coach transportation.

  • Ascend to Jerusalem stopping at the Kotel for an intimate opening ceremony

  • Visit the Jewish Agency’s Alma Pre-Army Academy. Meet with the participants to understand how Alma expands opportunities for young Israeli women from challenging backgrounds by offering a shorter-term, lower-cost experience that provides an empowering learning environment and prepares these promising young women for meaningful army service.

  • Enjoy free time to relax and explore Jerusalem on your own or participate in optional walking tours

  • Enter the Old City to experience Kabbalat Shabbat at the Western Wall followed by dinner in the Jewish Quarter at the historic Sephardic Center joined by a Lone Soldier in the IDF (private room)

  • Walk back to our hotel and experience the quiet of Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Evening: Optional walking tour led by guide​

 

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018

  • Morning options: Shabbat services, run/yoga activities or relaxation time

  • Shabbat lunch is included at the hotel followed by a meeting with Elisheva Mazya, the founder of Ruach Hadasha, an organization dedicated to ensuring Jerusalem remains a pluralistic and culturally vibrant city

  • Afternoon walking tour of Yemin Moshe and Rehavia: In the footsteps of the great Zionist leaders’ walking tour of Yemin Moshe. Yemin Moshe was the first Jewish neighborhood to be established in the modern era outside the walls of the Old City. The picturesque 19th century area, founded by Moshe Montefiore, has seen quite its share of the city’s tumultuous modern history; it sits on the seam between East and West.

  • Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City Walls - Celebrate the start of a  new week

  • Free evening to explore Jerusalem on own or attend a performance at the Jerusalem Theatre (extra) 

 

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast & Lunch

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018

  • Journey to the Galilee -- Spend the morning and enjoy a delicious falafel lunch in Afula, New Haven’s Partnership2Gether region located in the Jezreel Valley.

  • Tour a spice farm in Beit Lechem HaGlilit that has been growing herbs and spices for over 50 years and explore this restored Templar Colony village

  • Tasting, tour, and dinner at the historic Carmel Winery, founded in 1882 by Edmond James de Rothschild in Zichron Yaakov

  • Travel to Tel Aviv and check in to our hotel along the coast -- Shalom to our guide and driver!

 

OVERNIGHT: Carlton Hotel - Royal Executive Rooms, Tel Aviv

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22-24, 2018

Join the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, marking Israel's 70 birthday and explore. Hear from the movers and shakers influencing the Jewish world and get inspired by our impact around the world. 

 

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast

ACCOMMODATIONS

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw 

Emilii Plater 49, 00-125 Warsaw 

+48 22 328 88 88

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Grand Hotel, Krakow

Ul. Slawkowska 5/7, 31-014 Krakow

+48 12 424 08 00

    

Friday/Saturday, October 19 - 20, 2018

Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem

25 Shamai, Zion Square Jerusalem 9463127 

02-560-0600

Sunday-Wednesday, October 21- 24, 2018

Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tayelet Shlomo Lahat Tel Aviv-Yafo 

03-520-1818

LUGGAGE

Baggage regulations for transatlantic flights vary on the different airlines. We suggest that you check with your airline. Please check your luggage all the way to Warsaw. Enclosed in this packet are two luggage tags. Please attach them to your luggage.

PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS

You will need a signed U.S. passport for travel to Israel. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after return to the United States. Otherwise, it is considered invalid and must be renewed immediately. Consult your local U.S. passport office if you have any questions about the validity of your passport or if you must renew your current one. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact the Israeli Consulate for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

 

U.S. citizens need not apply for a visa before leaving for Israel: they will be given this visa upon their arrival in Israel free of charge. Anyone traveling to other countries requiring visas should check with the appropriate consulates directly for applications forms and information on how to process the application.

 

Don’t forget to bring your passport with you – do not pack it in your luggage! Your passport should be with your carry-on items so that you may present it at the airport. You will also have to present it to the hotel upon check-in and at the airport when you depart.

 

We recommend that you make a legible copy of the photo/signature page of your passport and travel with it in your carry-on luggage. You may store this copy in the hotel safe to use in the event that anything happens to your actual passport (please remember to remove any personal items from the safe). We also recommend that you email yourself a copy of the signature page of your passport as well.

MONEY

The Zloty (PLN) is the currency of Poland. As of January 28, 2018, 1 US Dollar = 3.33 PLN. You can exchange money everywhere in Poland, in big cities and small towns. You can use an ATM machine or visit a bank, currency exchange counter in town or at a hotel reception desk.

 

The shekel (NIS - New Israeli Shekel) is Israel’s legal tender. As of January 28, 2018, 1 US Dollar = 3.39 NIS. It is easy to exchange money by withdrawing cash from an ATM. Most ATMs will accept your American Debit Card. Your ATM pin must be 4 digits.

 

Credit cards are widely accepted. If you prefer to use credit cards, American Express tends to offer the lowest transaction fees. American Express, Visa and Mastercard are accepted in most places. Don’t forget to call your credit card companies to tell them you are traveling to Israel.

 

Some American banks allow you to order shekels in advance. Please check with your bank before leaving for Israel. You can also change money at the airport, but you may not receive the best exchange rate. Many stores and hotels will gladly accept your dollars as well.

TIME ZONE

Poland is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

 

Israel is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. When it is noon in New York, it is 7 p.m. in Israel. There are two weeks out of the year when there is a 6-hour difference, as Israel changes its clocks before the U.S. does.

WEATHER

Historically, the weather in Poland mid-October averages 55 degrees for the high and 41 degrees for the low.

 

In Israel, Jerusalem averages 75 degrees for the high and 54 degrees for the low. Tel Aviv averages a high of 83 degrees and a low of 74 degrees.

 

You can check the weather online before your trip for more accurate readings.

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

Israel uses a unique three-pronged plug known as type H; however, the outlets are designed so that the European type C two-pole plugs may be used. Either way, an adapter is required.

 

Electrical appliances run on 220 volts AC. Converters are required if your electrical appliance is not dual voltage. All hotels will be equipped with hair dryers and electric shavers, but if you prefer to bring your own, you will need to bring a converter.

CELL PHONES

There are many different options for cell and Internet service while traveling. Most hotels will have Wi-Fi for you to utilize (sometimes for a fee) and another option is to rent a cell phone or SIM card. A reputable company that gives special discounts to JFNA travelers is IsraelPhones. Visit www.israelphones.com for rates and more information.

HEALTH REGULATIONS AND MEDICATIONS

No special health regulations are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Israel or Poland. Of course, we recommend that you take every precaution to safeguard your health while you are abroad and that you see your physician prior to your departure if you have any medical problems or concerns. Please be sure to inform us of any serious medical condition, which may require treatment during the trip.

 

Basic medications are available, but you may want to bring some with you for convenience. All medical supplies should be carefully labeled and stored in your carry-on luggage. We also suggest that you bring a second pair of prescription eyeglasses/contact lenses. Also, as mentioned above, carry all prescriptions with you in case you need a refill for any reason; or better yet, bring extra of anything you may need.

CLOTHING

Dress in Israel is casual. It is likely to be quite warm, although evenings and early mornings may be a bit cooler. In the evenings, a light jacket or cardigan is a good idea when visiting higher elevations such as Jerusalem. The rule of thumb is to dress in layers. At all times of the year, bring head coverings for protection against the sun (sunglasses and sunblock are essential) and wear comfortable walking shoes. Expensive jewelry, electronics and other valuables should be kept to a minimum.

 

General Guidelines: Casual dress. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, etc. are appropriate during the day. Bring a light sweater or jacket for chillier evenings, mornings and any places where the air conditioning may be on full blast. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be sure to bring a hat and sunglasses!

 

Special Events and Shabbat: Shabbat dinner and any special events with dignitaries and high-level officials usually require business or business casual attire. For men, a pair of slacks and a collared shirt is appropriate. Jackets are optional. For women, a nice skirt, dress or dressier pants are appropriate.

 

Western Wall & Other Religious Sites: It is important to dress modestly when visiting observant areas or religious sites. Avoid tank tops. For women, this usually means a long skirt or shorts at least mid-calf in length and covering shoulders.

U.S. CUSTOMS

For specific information concerning items purchased abroad and what you may bring back duty-free, please contact your local U.S. Customs Office.

 

We look forward to a wonderful mission!

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Federation office.

HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 6 days with a licensed Israeli guide in Poland and Israel • Lot flight from Warsaw to Tel Aviv

  • 5 days luxury motor coach travel + private driver (no bus on Shabbat)

  • Accommodations including porterage at highly rated hotels

  • Breakfast daily and additional meals according to the itinerary (all included meals are kosher apart from hotel breakfasts in Poland)

  • Entrance fees and programming costs per the itinerary

  • Local medical insurance coverage in Poland and Israel (does not cover pre-existing conditions)

  • Gratuities in restaurants, dining rooms and for porterage

EXCLUSIONS