Since 2006, Forum for Dialogue has been organizing study visits to Poland for Jewish community leaders from the US, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and Israel. In the course of a one-week stay, participants get acquainted with modern Poland, the subtleties of Polish/Jewish relations and the renascent Jewish community. Aside from meetings with experts, the study tours provide an opportunity for informal meetings with Polish public opinion leaders, School of Dialogue students and Leaders of Dialogue – local activists from smaller towns.
Such visits to Poland open our guests’ eyes to a reality entirely new to them and thus – as they often say – completely transforms their outlook on Poland.
Study tour participants meet experts on Polish/Jewish matters, history, democratic transformation and economy – journalists, politicians, scholars and businessmen. On the one hand, they learn about the past, but at the same time they are informed about contemporary Polish life and organizations that work to develop Polish/Jewish relations. They hear about the rebirth of Jewish life in Poland from representatives of the local Jewish community. They also have a chance to conduct informal meetings over guest dinners held in houses of Friends of Forum for Dialogue. Aside from these informal sessions, participants most value meetings with school students and local activists, who are genuine proof that Poland is changing at every level.