Postcards from the Road, #6, Poland

The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, 8th Bishop of Olympia

After real vacation, our journey shifts to what is far from a vacation, but certainly will be a life changing experience. We will leave South Florida today and travel first to London, then on to Warsaw where we will continue our pilgrimage, this time in the very capable hands of our guide, Rabbi and Scholar, Yehiel Poupko from Chicago. For those of you who have traveled with me to the Holy Land, you may well have met Rabbi Poupko as he has quite often made significant and gracious presentations to us on our journeys there. He is a wonderful human, and I am so grateful to be able to sit at his feet for the next 6 days as we explore Polish Jewish history, with a special focus on the Holocaust.

From the beginning of Jewish life in Poland nearly a thousand years ago, to the establishment of Jewish communal…

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