Poland Trip and "Zeminar"
Each year the Midrasha sponsors an intensive and inspiring week-long trip to Poland and a concurrent in-depth and thought-provoking Zionism Seminar (Zeminar) for students who choose not to travel to Poland.
Students traveling to Poland see, first-hand, the horrors of the Holocaust, visiting concentration and death camps including Treblinka, Majdanek, Belzec and Auschwitz Birkenau, and the sites of ghettos and villages in Poland which were completely destroyed, with an emphasis the "organization", efficiency and unimaginable cruelty of the Nazi Death machine.
At the same time we introduce our students to the richness and diversity of Pre-Holocaust Polish Jewry.
They are shown a typical Polish village in Tycocin; they visit the various Synagogues in Krakow, including the Rema, the Isaac and the Temple; they visit the graves of Chassidic greats. We visit the Warsaw Cemetery, studying the lives of generations of Polish Jewry, whether Chassidic masters or Jewish community leaders. Through developing an understanding of the history of Polish Jewry, our students begin to truly understand the tragedy of what was lost.
We place much emphasis on the development of Chassidut.
Visits to Lizansk (Rav Elimelech), Lublin (the Seer of Lublin), Pshischa (The Yehudi HaKadosh, Rav Simcha Bunim) and Kotsk, finishing off in Gur (Chidushei HaRim and Sfat Emet), give the girls a clear sense of the place of Chassidut in the world that was.
The Poland trip is an integral part of our educational program, and we strive to ensure that any student who wishes has the opportunity to join the Poland trip, regardless of financial ability.
Students who opt not to travel to Poland participate in an enriching off-campus seminar experience focusing on the development of Zionism and the Modern State of Israel. Participants visit historical sites, interact with compelling guest speakers and explore our heritage in Medinat Yisrael.
The trip to Poland and the Zeminar have a tremendous impact on the students and for many are a turning point in the development of a committed and clear sense of Jewish and Zionist identity.
Below is a letter we received from Zeminar students on the impact the Zeminar made on their experience of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut!