Poland and Eastern Europe FAQs


Isn’t a trip to Poland or Eastern Europe depressing?


Are your trips disabled/wheelchair friendly?


Will I be eating airplane food?


What is the weather like?


What can I do to prepare for a Jewish heritage trip?


Will I be able to visit places of personal family significance?


I don’t know where my family members are buried, will I be able to say Kaddish for them?


How old does my child need to be to bring them on a JRoots trip?


Do JRoots take care of everything?


Is it safe to travel to Eastern Europe?


Do I need to take out travel and health insurance?




Isn’t a trip to Poland or Eastern Europe depressing?


There is no doubt that visiting sites of the Holocaust is an emotional burden. A JRoots journey is designed to focus not just on death but on the rich Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust. With stories of heroism and survival as well as the story of destruction a JRoots journey is an opportunity to deal with extremely difficult places and issues in a structured and supportive environment.


Are your trips disabled/wheelchair friendly?


There is a lot of walking whilst in Poland and not all sites have suitable wheelchair access. If you have specific needs please make sure to let us know in advance and we can give you more specific advice based on your needs.


Will I be eating airplane food?


JRoots works together with a number of Kosher caterers in Poland to provide varied and high quality food throughout. There are a number of food options available ranging from our standard menus all the way through to our deluxe five star menus with waiter service and porcelain throughout.


What is the weather like?


The weather in Poland varies from extremely cold winters with thick snow to hot summers. You will need to pack accordingly, for a winter trip your snow boots will be your essential item whilst in the summer don’t forget your sun cream and insect repellent.


What can I do to prepare for a Jewish heritage trip?


Firstly make sure you speak to family members to find out your family history. If we know about a specific family connection ahead of time, our educators can try their best to incorporate it into the journey.


Additionally the more you read to prepare for the trip the better. You can click here for our recommended ‘Reading List’.


Will I be able to visit places of personal family significance?


If your family story is not able to be built into the group itinerary then we are able to arrange private visits with local Polish guides. Please bear in mind that these visits will be charged in addition to the price of the programme.


I don’t know where my family members are buried, will I be able to say Kaddish for them?


There will be the chance to say memorial prayers and Kaddish for family members at places of significance even if you are not sure of their final resting place.


How old does my child need to be to bring them on a JRoots trip?


A journey to Poland is an emotional and powerful experience and therefore we do not recommend bringing children below the age of 16 on a JRoots Poland journey.


Do JRoots take care of everything?


JRoots journeys will include hotels, meals, transport and guides. If you wish, JRoots can arrange flights on your behalf. The specifics of what is included will be made clear on your trip proposal and all elements of the trip are subject to change, based on what will suit you.


Is it safe to travel to Eastern Europe?


JRoots have been running hundreds of trips to Eastern Europe over the past ten years and have never had any serious cause for concern. We take all security advice seriously and during free time participants are advised not to walk out alone. Some groups take the option of a security guard together with the group at all times but many groups take place without a security guard.


Do I need to take out travel and health insurance?


All participants on JRoots trips must arrange travel and health insurance before the trip begins.