MEOR Poland is the most powerful journey a Jewish student will ever take. It carries a student to the heart of the Jewish people — a place of true turmoil. Students experience simultaneously the vibrancy of Jewish life as it once was, and thus the magnitude of its loss. Led by MEOR educators and world-class tour guides, on MEOR Poland, students visit the camps and cities, meet with survivors, and most importantly, discover a vibrant and relevant relationship to their Jewish roots.
This transformational experience is likely to be the most impactful and enlightening week of your college career, and quite possibly your entire life.
Capacity: 175 Students
As our guide often repeated, this was not a trip, but a journey, and indeed it was. It was a journey that explored the flourishing of Jewish culture for centuries in Europe, the ability of our people to stand together as a community during times of terror, our ability to rise even stronger from the ashes, and my personal journey in investigating my roots, understanding such atrocities, and learning to grow stronger as an individual and a Jew from what I witnessed.”
Even today I still can’t adequately find the words to describe this trip. It was one of the most intense and difficult experiences of my life, and yet one of the most amazing. It will forever stay with me.”
Visiting the camps in Poland is incomparable to reading or hearing about them. I’ve never felt more closely connected to Jewish history than when we were at the concentration camps. You see where these people ate, bathed, how they cared for their families as much as they could, continued to practice their religion no matter what. As heart wrenching as visiting these places may be, I believe it is necessary for any and every Jew to see.”
Meet the MEOR Poland Staff:
Rabbi Yosef Lynn
Director of MEOR Poland
Rabbi Yosef Lynn is the Dean of Students at Machon Yaakov and Director of MEOR Poland. Prior to making Aliyah, he served as captain of the U.S. National & World running-cycling team, as well as finished the Ironman Triathlon competition. He also holds a Masters Degree in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a believer that true personal greatness results from understanding and building one’s strengths.
Rabbi Lynn is involved in all aspects of MEOR Poland, especially as an educator.
Assistant Director of MEOR Poland
Born in Chicago, Yael has a BA in Business Administration and Judaic Studies from Touro College. After spending 6 years with NCSY as a City Director in a few Midwest cities and running summer programs for high school kids, she moved on to become the backbone of operations at MEOR at the University of Pennsylvania for 7 years. Most recently, she was the Director of Operations for THRIVE at Hebrew University, providing American exchange students with an enriching Israel experience.
Yael has been running Poland trips for MEOR for the past 8 years and her passion for Holocaust education makes her a crucial part of the MEOR Poland team.