KRAKOW Jewish music and culture Festival & Auschwitz-Birkenau trip each Sunday
From Friday 21st June 2019 for opening week-end of festival & Climax week-end a week later
Both 3 night and 4 day trips – Opening week-end Chazons concert – Closing week-end 7 hour outdoor mainly Klezmer and mixed world Jewish music – wonderful experience think a cross between Andree Rea in Maastricht and Limmud
‘I recommend everyone attends the musical treat that is the Shalom 7 hour Jewish musical extravaganza - it was the best night of my life’
It is Edinburgh Fringe atmosphere, with a totally Jewish programme, Limmud like, but concentrating on the world’s best Jewish Music with nightly concerts, then you will have next year’s 29th Jewish Culture festival commencing with a Cantorial week-end the Chazons themselves bring a brilliant Shabbes atmosphere at the Isaac shul, during davening, then a Maleva Malka concert after Havdalla. The opening week-end climaxes with a Gala Cantorial Concert at the stunning Temple Synagogue, the ruach oozes out of Kazimierz’s cobbled streets amongst the beautiful city of Krakow, once a third Jewish and currently rediscovering its Jewishness.
Extra nights should be considered staying on after initial week-end or arriving earlier for the climax week-end so you can revel as a Jew in Limud type atmosphere and programme of lectures films and nightly concerts choice and midnight jam sessions, if you still have the energy.
The Klexmer bands jam every night at the Alchemia Cafe and from Monday they perform various concerts with a mix of Israeli and World bands a fusion of Jewish Music until the culmination of the 2nd Shabbat SHALOM in Szeroka Square concert on 29th June commencing at 18.00 and final ending 1am on Sunday morning. Approximate 8 of the best of world Jewish music comprising bands singers Yiddish with Havdallah performed on stage with the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Galicia and Krakow plus JCC Krakow.
Each Sunday we run trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau and the climax week-end we drop off afterwards at airport for late flights home on the 30th June.
This trip will be led by Marcel Manson 2nd generation survivor, mother a survivor of Krakow’s Jewish Kazimierz district, ghetto, Plashov and Auschwitz – Birkenau and father hidden on a farm East of Krakow. The experience of paying tribute to the tragedy of a world that was and the joy of Jewish music and culture will stay with you forever and should not be missed…
Final night Shalom concert of 7 hours in main square
Watch Chazan Ben Zion Miller singing at closing ceremony concert on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YialymFEhLY
We usually recommend the RYANAIR flights first out of Stansted and last back, but if it suits you then BA now fly from Heathrow are available and EasyJet from Gatwick but you will need to arrive a day earlier as they are later flights as the organized programme starts at 2.30pm on the Thursday 2nd week-end only and participate in the festivals busy Jewish lectures & musical concerts on offer see the Jewish heritage festival http://www.jewishfestival.pl/ for 29th annual festival programme of events which are not usually confirmed till April but on checking last years you can get a feel as to what’s on offer. Once we confirm trip on 10 bookings we will advise on flights for you to book
Itinerary – programme for First weekend is Friday to Monday from 21st June whilst 2nd week-end is 27th June Thursday to Sunday
Thursday 27th June - 2nd week-end only – We aim to start at 14.30 Jewish walking tour from the Rubinstein 4* Hotel reception if the RyanAir flight arrives on time. Visiting 7 synagogues and cemetery. The tour incorporates the newly rebuilt Kupa, Remuh, Temple, High, Old, Popper, Isaac Synagogues and Galicia museum contemporary museum on the area of Europe most populated by Jews pre-war.
We aim to have a short coffee break before we aim for a quick stroll across Wisla river to the wartime ghetto for 16.30pm for the very moving annual musical ceremony in the Heroes of the Ghetto Square and visit to Chemist under Eagle ghetto museum if it will still be open.
We will also be visiting the festival ticket office to purchase tickets for evening concerts
Friday – We will make a reservation for Shindlers Factory Museum and walk back through former ghetto across Wisla river over pedestrian bridge and stopping off at Mlynek vegetarian restaurant for lunch.
Afternoon free to visit main town square, participate in festival events and lectures or even visit Salt Mine
Candle lighting & Kabbalat Shabbat prayers 7.30 at Isaak Shul followed by Shabbat dinner for all next door at Kosher Delight
Saturday - Shabbos service at the Remuh Shule or Issak Synagogue and from Midday you will hear sound checks preparation within square for finale SHALOM Concert climax Starting at 18.00pm in pletzl Szeroka Square 7 hours of mainly Klezmer music a treat to behold ending at 1.00am in morning consisting of the worlds best KLEZMER bands and a mix of Jewish / Yiddish / Chazanuth & Israeli music often fusion of all with a star attraction after Havdala on stage by the chief Rabbi of Poland approx 10pm when Shabbat exits.
14.00 Suggested pm afternoon walk from outside Alef bar/restaurant in Szeroka Kazimierz square to Main Town centre square [on both week-ends] via Wawel Castle walk returning to Szeroka Square for 6pm with 15,000 people packing into the Jewish quarter so very difficult to move around all restaurants in area full and long queues for food and drink. A table will be booked at a restaurant pre-paid for and reserved at Ester Hotel which is next to stage reserved exclusively for us only opposite stage on the square during the entire 7 hour Jewish music extravaganza. First week-end has a wonderful Meleva Malka in the Temple Synagogue with all the Cantorial performers participating.
Sunday – Those on final week-end need to check out with luggage leave Hotel Astoria / Rubenstein at 10.30 am by Coach for Auschwitz-Birkenau which arrives approx 12.00 am and will spend approximately 5 hours there with guide. Those on first week-end will leave hotels at 8.00am in order to return to Krakow by 4.30pm and prepare for 7.00 opening Gala cantorial concert. We will end tour at 16.30 pm with Mincha, and a Kinnah [religious service] for the victims of the shoah & a memorial prayer for the Martyrs concluded by shofar at the end of the railway track in Birkenau. Following Auschwitz-Birkenau we will visit museum and Holocaust Centre in the nearby town of Oswiecim [see their interesting website] with reconstructed Synagogue and in their conference room we will watch a shoah holocaust related film and drinks provided. We will taken to direct to Krakow airport for our 21.55 flight home following which anyone staying on will be taken back to hotel
Monday 24th June – 1st week-end only – This is the final day for those on opening week-end that arrive on the Friday. We aim to start at 10.00 Jewish walking tour from the Rubinstein 4* Hotel reception. Visiting 7 synagogues and cemetery. The tour incorporates the newly rebuilt Kupa, Remuh, Temple, High, Old, Popper, Isaac Synagogues and Galicia museum contemporary museum on the area of Europe most populated by Jews pre-war. Free afternoon to visit main town Square or eren visit Salt Mine before being dropped off at airport for flight home
Choice A -Total cost is £495 pp sharing a double/twin room at 3* ASTORIA HOTEL in Ul Josefa Kazimierz Jewish quarter single supplement £95 [not including flights] covers, B & B at Hotel for 3 nights, guided tour Thursday Friday, Monday, Saturday afternoon walk plus Sunday’s Auschwitz trip all guides and museum fees plus Saturday nights reserved seat in restaurant with included Friday night Shabbos meal all transport guide and museum fees in Poland.
Choice B -Total cost is £655 pp sharing a double/twin room at 4* RUBINSTEIN HOTEL [best hotel in Jewish quarter] in Szeroka Square Kazimierz Jewish quarter single supplement £165 [not including flights] covers, B & B at Hotel for 3 nights, guided tour Thursday Friday, Monday, Saturday afternoon walk plus Sunday’s Auschwitz trip all guides and museum fees plus Cantorial Concert seat or Saturday nights reserved seat in restaurant closing week-end with included Friday night Shabbos meal all transport guide and museum fees in Poland.
Extra nights available at ASTORIA 3* £85 double/twin with breakfast Single £70 – RUBINSTEIN 4* Hotel Dbl/twin £145 single £110 includes breakfast suggestion to arrive on any earlier days to participate in more of the festival activities lectures and concerts.
These costs exclude flights and travel insurance