Kuma v’nashuva el ameinu
Arise and let us return to our own people
—Jeremiah 46:16

Kuma, the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Hadassah/Young Judaea Holocaust Studies Program, is an optional one-week journey to Poland which offers Year Course participants an opportunity to look at the events surrounding the Holocaust through a Zionist prism, to explore the rich heritage of Eastern European Jewry, to bear witness to the tragedy and to look towards the future.

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The Journey is an enriching and meaningful experience that has three main goals:

— To explore the rich heritage of 1000 years of Jewish history in Poland and to find its relevance in our lives today.

— To explore the events of the Holocaust through a Zionist prism and bear witness to the destruction of Polish Jewry.

— To understand our responsibility as young Jews today towards the world in which we live.

The Kuma program is held during February/March and costs approximately $2,000. All students on Year Course may sign up for Kuma (except those who are Olami participants).

Educational Preparation:

In order to enhance the Kuma program, three educational seminars are planned for the months preceding departure as well as preparatory assignments. Students who participate in Kuma miss a week of the regular Year Course program and need to arrange with their individual teachers for make-up exams and papers as well as work out volunteer schedules with their work placements.

Topics Covered:
(Each year, Year Course evaluates the Kuma program. Please note that the schedule is subject to change)

— Warsaw: Searching for Remnants (of the Past) – Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery, Jewish Historical Museum, Umschlagplatz Memorial

— Shtetl-What was Lost! – Tykocin Town Synagogue and Old Jewish Market Square, Lupochowa Forest (site of mass graves), Treblinka Extermination Camp Memorial

— Auto-Emancipation – Warsaw: Ghetto Wall Remnant, Ghetto Heroes Walk, Rappaport Memorial, Lublin: Majdanek Extermination Camp Museum and Memorial

— Galicia: “There Once was a World” – Gravesite of Hasidic Master Rebbe Elimelech of Lezajsk, Tarnow, Zbilitowska Gura (site of mass graves)

— Final Solution – Auschwitz Extermination Camp Museum and Memorial, Tour of Birkenau (Tour of Auschwitz 1, Polish National Museum)

— “Shabbat HaYom…” – Shaharit Rema Synagogue, Walking Tour of Krakow Synagogues, Walking Tour of Valvel Castle and Park, Seudah Shlishit- Krakow Style, Havdalah, Yiddish and Folklore night

— Memory and Meaning – Krakow Sites: Old Krakow Cemetery (16th Century), Krakow Ghetto Wall, Schindler’s Factory, Site of Plaszow Concentration Camp Tour and Ceremony

— Coming Home – Return to Israel, Straight to the Old City of Jerusalem and the Kotel, Messibat Siyum Breakfast in Jerusalem

 View pictures from past Kuma journeys.

 




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