BBYO Passport: Euro Continental Discovery

Washington, DC


Travel to Prague and Budapest to explore the cultural riches and achievements of the Jewish People in Europe. Continue on to Poland and bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust. Experience a Shabbat in Jerusalem, watch the sunrise from on top of Masada, and tap into the spirit of Tel Aviv.

Begin your journey in Prague and Budapest to explore some of Europe's most magical old cities. Continue on with a mission of remembrance and understanding in Poland and confront the tragic destruction of the Holocaust. Journey from Europe and arrive in Israel with a new understanding of Jewish history and set off on a three-week once-in-a-lifetime journey in the Land of Milk & Honey.

Prague, Budapest & Poland: We start our travels in Europe in Prague and Budapest. Step back in time and experience the preserved grandeur of these European capitals and learn about the lives of famous intellectual and cultural leaders like Sigmund Freud and Franz Kafka. Cruise the Danube River, tour the world's largest castle in Prague, and explore the labyrinth caves under Budapest. We conclude our travels in Europe in Poland -- celebrating the richness of Jewish life in Krakow and Lublin of the past, memorializing the Holocaust's destruction at places like Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka. We conclude our time in Europe by making connections with history of Poland and the Jewish community that remains in there today.

Onwards to Israel: Arrive in Israel and set off on a three-week cross-country experience from the Golan Heights in the north to the tropical Red Sea in the far southand everything in between. Along the way, we walk in the footsteps of Jewish history, experience the vibrancy of modern Israeli culture, and connect with Israels colorful society. The program includes visits to all of Israels most important sites ancient Jerusalem, contemporary Tel Aviv, the Galilee, the Negev Desert. the Dead Sea and the heights of Masada. We also make time to experience Israels off-the-beaten-path charm -- enjoying a bonfire on the beach, taking part in an active archeological dig, sampling unique Middle Eastern cuisine, and participating in the re-birth of Israel by planting a tree in a new forest.

The Israel Journey experience is more than just a tour. It is also about discovering the meaning of contemporary Zionism, exploring our Jewish identity from an Israeli point of view, delving into the intricacies of Middle Eastern politics, and connecting to our Jewish soul through a series of meaningful community service and spiritual experiences. Join us on the journey.

How does this trip compare with March of the Living?

Israel Journey - Central is very similar to March of the Living in that both programs have a week-long journey of remembrance in Poland prior to arriving in Israel. The primary difference is that March of the Living has a week in Poland and a week in Israel. Israel Journey - Central spends over a week in Poland, Prgaue and Budapest then continues for three weeks in Israel and is therefore a more comprehensive Europe and Israel program.

The other major difference is that the March of the Living takes place in April and is scheduled to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day in Poland followed by a celebration of Israel's Independence Day in Jerusalem. Although the March of the Living coincides with the school year, the celebration of these special days in Poland and Israel is an especially moving experience. Israel Journey - Central takes place during the summer vacation season (June/July) and therefore does not involve a conflict with classes and school work.

Both programs utilize a similar educational curriculum and offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to honor the memory of Holocaust victims and celebrate the renewal of the Jewish People in Israel.

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