An Inspiring Journey to Lithuania and Poland July 15-26, 2019

The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center invites Connecticut educators on a trip to Eastern Europe to explore Yiddish culture and Jewish life in pre-war Europe. Led by Professor Samuel Kassow of Trinity College, participants will discover the richness of Jewish life by visiting cultural institutions and religious centers in Vilnius, Bialystok, Warsaw and Krakow. Participating teachers will include new capacity for curriculum design appropriate for a variety of grades and content areas, access to resources and materials for use in the classroom, and ongoing support for professional development in human rights education through the Dodd Center.

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Cost of trip is $3,999/person – land price only, excludes airfare.  Price includes: Airport transfers upon arrival and departure, 3 nights in Vilnius, 1 night in Bialystok, 3 nights in Warsaw, 4 nights in Krakow, breakfast daily with some lunches and dinners included, full time tour director and group leader, all transfers and entrance fees per itinerary (double occupancy, single supplement is $875).  Gratuities, travel insurance and passport/visa fees are not included.  Please attend the information session scheduled for 7:00pm on November 7, 2018 in the Community Services Building (333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford) for more information.

Educator Fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Konover Coppa Fund.  Jewish Hartford: European Roots is a project of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, in partnership with the University of Hartford’s Greenberg Center, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Trinity College, UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Voices of Hope, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.



Holocaust education efforts in the United States often memorialize the loss of life, inspire us with remarkable stories of survival and resistance, and document the perpetration of genocide across Europe.  Less attention is paid to understanding Jewish life and culture in Europe prior to the Holocaust, and its adapted continuation in places like the greater Hartford region. By providing fellowship support for educators to join this experiential learning trip, the Jewish Hartford European Roots project aims to ensure this rich legacy is included in Connecticut Holocaust education efforts.



Fellowship applications are sought from Connecticut educators seeking to enrich their understanding of pre-war Jewish life and culture in Europe, and develop educational resources for use in classrooms around the state.  Fellowships are open to any educator currently working in a Connecticut school, or any pre-service educator currently enrolled in or completing a teacher preparation program in Connecticut.

Up to 3 Full Fellowships (100%) and 4 Partial Fellowships (50%) will be awarded.

Application deadline is Thursday, January 31, 2019 DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 15, 2019


Selection criteria:

Awards will be based on the strength of the application, reference letter, potential impact of trip on the educator and their potential for continued engagement with the Dodd Center upon their return.


By accepting the travel grant, participants agree to serve as:

-Dodd Center Education Fellows

-Participate in pre and post departure briefings

-At a mutually agreed upon date upon return, provide a report summarizing achievements made in successfully incorporating new knowledge acquired from the trip into existing curriculum

-Attend a Dodd Center Professional Development workshop for teachers and facilitate a session on ways to enhance curriculum with human rights content


Dr. Samuel Kassow

Dr. Samuel Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and lectures locally and nationally. Currently Dr. Kassow is a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. He has lectured and taught in Russia, Poland, Israel, Lithuania, and Mexico. Dr. Kassow is the author of multiple publications including Who Will Write Our History– Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto.


If you have any questions, please e-mail, or call 860.483.5131.