This carefully crafted, peer-led journey to Poland will take place from July 21-28, 2019.

In 2017, a group of 25 ROIers from nine countries around the world took part in a moving, week-long experience in Poland crafted by ROIers Zohar Avigdori and Magda Dorosz. Participants learned about Polish Jewry of the past, reflected on and explored periods of historical catastrophe (particularly the Holocaust), and engaged in rousing discussions on some of the pivotal questions that relate to us today as individuals, as a community, and as global citizens. Click here to see a photo album from the first delegation. 

After a successful journey in 2017, we are pleased to offer this opportunity to ROIers once again.

Join this unique opportunity to explore Poland's complex historical relationship with its local Jewish communities together with ROI-friends. Get to know the present day community, as well as the aspirations of young Polish Jews for the future of local Jewish life. This journey promises to be moving and enlightening; an experience crafted by ROIers, for ROIers, and enhanced by the curiousity, skills, knowledge and talent that participants will bring and contribute. 

Applications were due by Sunday, April 7, 2019 (DEADLINE HAS PASSED)

Key Details
  • Dates: Meet the group in Warsaw on Sunday evening, July 21. The journey ends in Warsaw on Sunday afternoon, July 28. 
  • Participation: Full participation for the full duration of the program is required.
  • Participation Fee: $300 USD. This fee is subsidized by ROI Community and covers ground costs during the program (travel within Poland, meals, hotel accommodation, site visits, etc.).
    *The participation fee does not include international airfare, personal travel insurance, or tips. Participants are fully responsible for covering these costs. 
    *While the participation fee cannot be further subsidized by an ROI Micro Grant, members are eligible to apply for an ROI Micro Grant to subsidize international travel.
Delegation Highlights
  • Visit dozens of sites, including: Krakow, Warsaw, Kielce, Kazimierz Dolny and Tykocin.
  • Explore places that represent life, vibrancy and growth: Step into old synagogues and courtyards, walk the city streets and travel the countryside, and explore the cemeteries (they’re not always as grim as one may think – and are a testament to some of the most fascinating influencers!).
  • In addition, come face-to-face with harsh memories during visits to places of decimation, death and destruction. Learn about the Holocaust and its impact, past and present. Visit Auschwitz, Birkenau, Treblinka, the Lopochowa forest and the Warsaw Ghetto. 
  • Finally, meet the to contemporary sides of Polish Jewry: Meet community members, discover colorful initiatives and places that are revitalizing Jewish and local life, gain insight into some of the current issues of politics, economics, arts and culture, and more! 
  • Feel free to watch two videos created by participants during the first delegation: About Poland's Jewish Revival and A Journey about Life and Death.
Eligibility

Consider applying to take part in this journey if you are an ROI member who:

  • Takes an active role in creating positive social change;
  • Deals with issues of identity, human rights and/or morality in your work;
  • Is eager to learn from and contribute to this experience, and then do something tangible with it! and
  • Has not participated in a recent ROI delegation or journey.