Would You Like to Join us in Poland?
By JoAnn Magnuson
A Unique Opportunity
for Christian Leaders & Students to Visit Poland
August 1-13, 2020
Learn About the History and Consequences of Antisemitism through an In-depth Experience of Jewish History and the Holocaust
Hosted by JoAnn Magnuson, Holocaust Educator & Veteran Tour Host
Dr. Tricia Miller, CAMERA Christian Research Analyst and
Author of Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church
Cost: $2500 Land-Only; Airfare approximately $1500 from MSP
Includes all hotels, breakfasts and dinners, ground transportation, admissions and guides
CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis, is the oldest and largest media watch group setting the record straight on Israel and the Middle East since 1982. CAMERA’s Partnership of Christians and Jews provides a powerful response to anti-Christian and anti-Jewish voices in the global media.
JoAnn Magnuson and Tricia Miller are leaders in the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel
and are trained educators with extensive experience in Holocaust education, opposing antisemitism,
and telling the truth about Israel.
This trip to Poland will:
Educate Christian leaders about the history and consequences of antisemitism
Equip tour participants to counter lies about Israel and the Jewish people with the truth
Demonstrate the need for the existence of the Jewish State
Strengthen participants through fellowship with like-minded believers in Eastern Europe
who have a very different life experience than those of us from the USA
In brief, tour participants will:
Learn about 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland before World War II
Encounter first-hand how the Nazis systematically destroyed that life
Be strengthened and encouraged by meeting eastern European Christians in Oswiecim,
the site of the Nazi extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Warsaw for 4 nights – Welcome Dinner and Orientation, Jewish Historical Sites, 2 Nazi Death Camps
Oswiecim for 3 nights – Guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau and other local significant sites
Krakow for 4 nights – Oskar Schindler’s Factory, Jewish Historical Sites, Wieliczka Salt Mine
For More Information and to Register, Contact:
Registration must be secured by a deposit of $200 in the form of a check mailed to:
NCLCI, PO Box 24307, Minneapolis, MN 55424
Full payment for the land-only cost of $2500 will be due June 1, 2020
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Since participants will be coming from different cities, and some may want to arrive sooner and/or stay later than the duration of the tour, participants are encouraged to book their own flights to arrive in Warsaw no later than the afternoon of Sunday, 8/2, and to leave Krakow no sooner than the morning of Thursday, 8/13. If you want to fly from Minneapolis, you can join a group led by JoAnn Magnuson, departing on Saturday, 8/1.
Arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s capital
Welcome dinner and orientation meeting
8/3-8/5, Monday - Wednesday
Tour Warsaw, home to one of the largest Jewish populations before WWII
- Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Nożyk Synagogue – the only synagogue that survived the war
Historical reconstructed Old Town of Warsaw
Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery – one of the largest, still operating Jewish necropolises in Europe and testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life
The remains of the Jewish ghetto – the largest in Europe, created by the Nazis, and site of two uprisings on the part of its inhabitants
Mila 18 – the site where Jewish fighters held out to the end of the Ghetto uprising
Monument to the heroes of the Ghetto uprising
Umschlagplatz – the collection point where Jews were deported from the Ghetto to extermination camps
While staying in Warsaw, we will tour Treblinka, a nearby Nazi extermination camp where more Jews were murdered than at any other camp except Auschwitz. It is estimated that between 700,000 and 900,000 Jews were killed in its gas chambers.
We will leave Warsaw for Oswiecim. En route, we will visit Majdanek, a graphic example of a Nazi extermination camp due to its largely intact gas chambers and crematoria.
We will arrive in Oswiecim Thursday night.
8/7-8/9, Friday – Sunday
Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest and deadliest Nazi extermination camp
- Tour the original barracks and administration buildings
See the prisoners’ personal belongings
View the gas chambers and crematoria
Walk the train tracks that brought prisoners to the camps
Experience the sheer vastness of the well-planned and thoroughly executed attempt to annihilate the Jewish people
Visit a local Monastery, where Franciscan monks have preserved the drawings of Marian Kolodziej, a survivor of four concentration camps, including Auschwitz
Have a guided tour of the extremely moving Fountain of Tears Memorial to the Holocaust, designed by Israeli Christian artist, Rick Wienecke
Fellowship with local Christians in Oswiecim
8/10 – 8/12, Monday - Wednesday
Tour Krakow, Poland’s cultural heart and former capital
In Krakow we will:
Explore the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz and its seven synagogues including the famous Remuh Synagogue & cemetery
See the remains of the Jewish Ghetto and the train station where Jews were deported
Visit the “Pharmacy,” the secret gateway to and from the Ghetto
Tour Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum
Enjoy the beautiful culture and history of Krakow
Departing flights from Krakow airport for those returning to the US at the end of the tour
JoAnn Magnuson is an American Christian who has spent much of her adult life working in the field of Jewish-Christian relations. She and her parents lived with her Presbyterian grandmother during the early years of World War II and JoAnn’s first very clear memory is the night the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Her family gathered around the radio and heard President Roosevelt declare that the U.S.A. had been forced to join the western allies fighting against the Nazis and the Japanese. That night JoAnn’s grandma told her that, “this will be a terrible war, but Hitler will be defeated and the Jews will be back in their ancient land.” This message stuck with JoAnn from then on. She first went to Israel in 1977 and has led 69 study tours since then. In 1993 she went with friends from an interfaith book club on a tour of Poland. That opened up a new set of opportunities and contacts with Polish friends who were also involved in support for Jewish-Christian relations.
Pastor Dumisani Washington
Dr. Francis Tabla
NCLCI Board of Directors member, JoAnn Magnuson is also the Curator of the Jewish-Christian Library Centers (JCLC) in Minneapolis MN. One of the activities of the JCLC is a series of Tuesday evening Stand for Israel classes held for 12 weeks in the Fall and the Spring each year at Living Word Christian Center.
On Tuesday, March 5 this group hosted a speaker from Israel, Diana Luklin Marash. She is one of a group of bereaved mothers who have formed a Speakers Bureau in Israel. Her son, Israel Defense Forces Sgt. First Class (Res.) Daniel Marash was killed at age 22 during Operation Protective Edge, a 2014 military operation in Gaza.
Since Daniel’s death, his mother Diana has spoken to many groups in Israel about Daniel’s life and how she is learning to cope as a bereaved mother. She is currently visiting friends in Minnesota and gave her first message in English for our Stand for Israel class. After the Diana's very touching message the whole class gathered for a photo. Diana is in the middle of the front row in between two NCLCI members, Deborah Campbell, on her right and JoAnn Magnuson, on her left.
The Promise and the Challenge of Israel in the 21st Century
JUNE 28 - 29, 2016
Tuesday, June 28
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, June 29
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and 7:00 - 9 PM
An opportunity to view Israel and Jewish-Christian relations from a theological, historical, and contemporary perspective.
Some people believe that God is finished with the Jewish people and all his promises have been transferred to the Church. But that doesn't seem to fit with the apostle Paul's teaching about Israel: "the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable" (Romans 11:29). We are pleased to bring four experienced Bible scholars to our area to lead us in discussion and study. We promise a rich banquet of ideas! All are welcome!
Rev. Dr. Gerald McDermott is an Anglican priest and serves as the Anglican Chair of Divinity at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. A prolific author, he has written, co-written, or edited more than seventeen books and scores of articles, many of which address the subject of Christian Zionism. Most recently, Gerald has been writing and speaking on the meaning of Israel. He has two books currently in press: The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land and Why Christians Have Been Wrong about Israel—and How It Changes Everything.
Dr. Brad Young is professor of Biblical Literature in the School of Theology and Ministry at Oral Roberts University. He earned his PhD from Hebrew University, Jerusalem with a specialization in New Testament Studies and the Jewish beginnings of Christianity. His books include, The Jewish Background to the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus and His Jewish Parables, Jesus the Jewish Theologian, Paul the Jewish Theologian, and The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation. Brad is active in interfaith dialogue and works to build bridges between the Jewish and Christian faith communities.
Dr. Tricia Miller is a Christian Media Analyst for CAMERA. She monitors Christian organizations and media activity in relation to the Arab-Israeli conflict and focuses on the effects of Christian anti-Zionism on support for Israel in the evangelical world. She is the author of Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church, and has been published in numerous publications including First Things, The Algemeiner, New English Review, Charisma News, Times of Israel, and the Jerusalem Post. Tricia has a PhD in Hebrew Bible from Claremont Graduate University.
Dexter Van Zile is a Christian Media Analyst for CAMERA. His research focuses on the failure of Christian institutions to address human rights abuses in Muslim majority countries in the Middle East. He has made an important contribution in the battle for accuracy in relation to Christian anti-Zionism and reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has just published a book, titled: Submitted Under Protest: Essays Written in Defense of Western Freedom. His articles have appeared in the Jerusalem Post, the Boston Globe, the New English Review, Ecumenical Trends, and the Jewish Political Studies Review.
Local speakers include: Rev. David Lenz, Pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church, Dr. Gloria Wiese, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Bethel University, and JoAnn Magnuson, Curator of the Jewish-Christian Library Centers in Minneapolis and longtime activist in the field of Jewish-Christian relations. Representatives of our local Jewish Community will also be speaking at this conference.
Cost: $50 for the full conference (includes lunch on Wednesday), $25 for the evening sessions (Tuesday night and Wednesday night)
Location: Hope Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Ave So, Richfield, MN 55423
This event is co-sponsored by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting
NOTE: Portland Ave is Closed , please access Hope Church from the 4th Ave Entrance
Scholarships are Available
For registration assistance, call Hope Church at 612-866-4055 or contact JoAnn Magnuson: 952-994-7545; firstname.lastname@example.org