Day 1. Vilnius-Radin-Lida-Grodno – on this day there is more driving than walking, we will be visiting Shtetls, learning History of Lithuanian Yeshivot and Jewish life
Morning drive to Belarus to visit the famous yeshivas that existed here before the Holocaust. See Radin, a small town, where Chafetz Chayim founded the Yeshiva, which attracted students from all over Europe. The Jewish cemetery and the matzevah of Chafetz Chayim and the memorial to the local Jews murdered during WWII. A short visit of Lida, where Rabbi Reines established a modern yeshiva, which espoused tolerance and Zionism. Afternoon arrival in Grodno. Sightseeing of Grodno, patrimony of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas who issued a “Permit of Residence” for the Jews in Lithuania. Walking tour in the old part of Grodno includes the medieval castle and the streets of the former Jewish quarter, the territory of the Ghetto, the old Jewish cemetery, and finally, the fascinating Great Synagogue of Grodno.
Day 2. Grodno-Novogrudok–Mir–Minsk on this day there is more driving than walking – the highlight is renovated Palace – Museum in Mir.
Morning depart for Novogrudok – once the center of the Great Duchy of Lithuania. Here Rav Yosef Yoizel Horowitz served as Rosh Yeshiva of Novardok. The story of the escape of 233 ghetto prisoners to the partisans. Drive to Mir, where a world-renowned yeshiva, that numbered about five hundred students from around the world was established in 1815. One can see in the same area the buildings of the former yeshiva and three synagogues. The old Jewish cemetery of Mir. Memorial for the Jewish inhabitants murdered during WWII. Visit to the medieval Dukes’ Radziwill castle of Mir built in 1495. Late afternoon arrival in Minsk.
Day 3. Minsk-Volozhyn-Vilnius – 200 km and crossing the border from Belarus to Lithuania
Visit to the memorial for the Jews perished in Minsk during the Nazi occupation. The obelisk was built on the exact spot where five thousand Jews were slaughtered. Visit Minsk Synagogue. A walk in the small part of the Old Town the only one survived of the pre-war Minsk. The area of the ghetto in Minsk. Departure for Vilnius. On the way visit Volozhyn and the renowned yeshiva established in 1803 by Rav Hayim Volozhiner, a disciple of the Vilna Gaon. A fire swept Volozhyn in the middle of the 19th c., but the “mother of yeshivas” was untouched. Arrival in Vilnius.
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