Tuesday, June 28th
This morning the group headed to Tikochin where there is a beautiful synagogue still standing. Tikochin is located four hours north of Warsaw and not far from the city of Bialystok. They davend Shaharit at the old synagogue and helped bring back some Jewish life to the building. They walked the streets of the village which was a Jewish shtetl before WWII. Group 6 then drove to Lupuchova Forest, a site of mass graves not far from Tikochin. This afternoon, the group drove to Treblinka death camp. Not much remains of the camp but there is a massive memorial which consists of thousands of stones with the names of towns whose populations were destroyed there. They had a memorial ceremony in Treblinka and headed back to Warsaw for the night. Back in Warsaw they ate dinner, met in subgroups and met in their new va’adot.
Monday, June 27th
After an overnight flight, Group 6 landed safely in Warsaw this morning. Though tired, they are excited for the meaningful and interesting week ahead. After retrieving their luggage and meeting their Israeli staff, Raaya and Eyal, and their tour guide Mark, they loaded the bus had an opening ceremony at the Rappaport monument. They headed for the Genscher Cemetery. They prayed mincha at the Nozyk synagogue and visited the area that used to be the Jewish ghetto and saw the last remaining wall of the ghetto. They then headed to the Novotel hotel. Tonight the group ate dinner at a restaurant and met in subgroups. These small groups will meet each night in Poland and Israel in an effort to debrief about all they saw during the day and so that everyone has the opportunity to talk about their experiences in more intimate groups. Though tired, the group is excited to be getting to know each other and they are excited for the summer ahead.