Latvia, Lithuania & Poland (July 2014)

Vilnius • Kaunas • Riga • Krakow • Warsaw
July 17 – 30, 2014


History, myth, beauty, truth – confront the complicated, fantastic and unique realities of these five powerful cities. Revisit the past, rediscover family roots, and revel in the surprising resurgence taking place in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Travel back in time with magnificent monuments in Kaunas, gothic architecture in Vilnius and thirteenth-century cathedrals in Riga. Immerse yourself in Warsaw's thriving modern culture. Make connections to Jewish communities, meeting with local Jewish leaders and members and visit sites of Jewish interest. Reflect on the past and our shared human history on a visit to the quintessential symbol of the Holocaust: Auschwitz-Birkenau. Make connections between the past and present as places of wonder reveal themselves to you.



  • Medieval Jewish Quarter
  • Choral Synagogue
  • Gaon Jewish State Museum
  • Jewish Partisan Fort/Rundninki Forest
  • Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Vilnius Castle Complex


  • Slobodka Jewish Ghetto
  • Ohel Yakov Synagogue
  • Children's Memorial
  • Holocaust Museum and Memorial
  • Sugihara House (home to “Japanese Schindler”)


  • Old Town
  • Riga Castle
  • St. Mary's Dome Cathedral
  • Freedom Monument
  • Peter’s Church
  • Museum of the Occupation in Latvia


  • Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Royal Route
  • Warsaw Ghetto: Mila 18 Memorial, Umschlagplatz, Okopowa Street, Jewish Cemetery
  • Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Shabbat services at Nożyk Synagogue


  • Old Town
  • Royal Route
  • Main Market Square
  • Kazimierz
  • Remuh Synagogue, Old Synagogue, Izaak Synagogue, High Synagogue
  • Galicia Jewish Museum
  • Oskar Schindler’s factory

Trip Leader: Ariel Goldstein
Trip Scholars: Fred Rosenbaum & Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Presented in partnership with The Lehrhaus Traveling Classroom.

Major funding for the JCCSF Travel Program is generously provided by the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation.

The JCCSF appreciates the generous support of the Koret Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

For a more information, call Ariel Goldstein at 415.276.1506 or email