FAQs

Students (6)

What is the weather like?

Very Cold!! Bring lots of layers!

What are Family Ties?

We ask that prior to your Seminar to Poland that you research family roots.  There are times that one may visit the town/house/shul that your relatives once lived in.  It will make your seminar more meaningful.

What can you expect in Poland?

  1. The Heritage Staff to be professional, concerned, and ready to assist you in every way.
  2. The Polish personnel to be considerate and helpful.
  3. The Hotels to be clean and functional and the food to be fresh and plentiful.
  4. The days to be long and intense.
  5. The weather to be cold – even uncomfortably so.

 

What is important to bring?

  1. It is highly recommended to bring 2 copies of the picture page of passports
  2. Make sure to have appropriate clothes for the Polish Winter. Assume snow, ice, cold. Assume long periods of touring and study off the bus.
  3. Pack personal medicines and emergency numbers
  4. Family Ties information
  5. Pack a Diary/Journal and writing materials. Recommended to bring ziploc bags for your journals in case of rain
  6. Recommended to bring music
  7. Pack NOSH
  8. Siddur, Tefillin, and Shabbat attire-as necessary
  9.  Camera

Where do you stay?

  1. 3-4 star hotels
  2. Double occupancy
  3. Private shower and bath
  4. Assume that you will be staying in up to 3 hotels

What kind of food is served?

  1. Glatt Kosher food from three sources: Israel, Vienna Austria, Poland
  2. Heritage supplies 3 meals a day

FAQs for Parents (9)

What is the Heritage Mission Statement?

Heritage Seminars are unique educational experiences in Eastern Europe which study Jewish history, Jewish ancestral roots, the sources of Torah and Jewish life, and teach us to identify with our heritage. It is our educational philosophy that in order to appreciate the magnitude of Holocaust that took place in Eastern Europe, one must first appreciate the magnitude of rich Jewish life that existed prior to the Holocaust. Heritage is not a “pure” Holocaust seminar. It is a synthesis of a number of approaches that include History and Spirituality that hopefully adds knowledge, insight and identity to all who participate.

How can I communicate with my son/daughter?

Your son/daughter needs to ask his/her provider as to what to do with his/her phone in Poland. The hotels have WI- FI.  We invite to follow us on Facebook through the week. Every bus has a Heritage Polish Cell phone.  There will be areas in Poland – particularly in the Galicia regions that will not have reception.

 

 

What are the Restrictions for Kohanim?

At the cemeteries in Warsaw and Krakow – we provide alternative sites.

Concentration Camps are not a problem except in 2-3 areas where the Kohen stays back from the group – but can hear the guiding via the historian’s microphone and PA system.

What is included in the Heritage Itinerary?

In and around Warsaw: The Warsaw Ghetto Areas, Jewish Cemetery: Rav Chaim Soloveichik, The Netziv, The Mass Grave, Nozyk Synagogue, Januz Korzchak, The Jewish Historical Institute. Rappaport Memorial, Umshlagplatz

Gora Kalvaria(Gur)

Lodz, Alexandow, Dabia

Tikocyn and Lupachowa Forest

In and around Lublin: Kotzsk, Lublin, Yeshiva of Hachmei Lublin, Cemetery of the Choseh, Lublin Ghetto, Krashnik, Ishbitz, Wlodowa, Zamosc

In and around Galicia and Krakow: Krakow, Synagogues, The Remah(shul and cemetery), Kuppah, Isaac and Temple, Beis Yaakov, Sarah Schneier, Schindler Factory, Apothecary, Galicia Museum, Plazsow, Bobov, Tarnow, Zbilatovska Gora, Bzsesov, Dzailoszyce, Lancut, Lezajsk

Camps:Treblinka, Majdanek, Chelmno*, Belzec** Auschwitz, Birkenau

* Men’s Program ** Women’s Program

In Prague: Alt- Neui Synagogue, Jewish Synagogue- Precious Legacy Tour, Maharal Cemetery, Chevtra Kadisha, Prague Castles, Golden Lane, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square. Terezin

 

Can Adults join the seminar?

Yes! Call us at 011-9722-582-0231 or e-mail us at heritagemjb@013.net for details.

As of this writing six parents have inquired about joining the Heritage Overseas Yeshiva Seminar.

 

Can an overseas student fly from Poland or Prague to the USA?

Our students will fly from Katowice Airport to Tel Aviv or from Prague to Tel Aviv. In the case of Poland – Warsaw Airport is a 4 hour Taxi ride and an overnight stay in Warsaw in preparation for mid day direct flight to the States. In the case of Prague – the student would need to say another AM in Prague. We will not leave a student in either country unchaperoned. So – the answer is NO!

What is the weather like in Poland?

January – April:  Snow, Ice and Rain are all likely. Highly recommended to bring several layers of clothing

What about security?

Both Israeli and Polish security remain with the Heritage participants at ALL times.

What if a participant has medical issues?

We have Medical Staff with us at all the time. Additionally all Heritage participants are insured for the duration of the Seminar.

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