Jozefow - Bilgoraj - Szczebrzeszyn

July 5, 2017

Travel around shtetls in the southern Lublin Region, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of one of the most beautiful areas of Europe and explore urban planning typical for multicultural towns of the borderland area, synagogues, cemeteries and other material Jewish heritage remains.

This tour is part of Lubliner Reunion 2017, which is organized by the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre. Click here for more details of the event.


​9.00 Meeting on the Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) near the high stairs (for guests who are staying in the Old Town)

9.15 Meeting in the Ilan Hotel parking lot (for guests who are staying in the Ilan Hotel)

Please be punctual as the bus will not be able to wait.


The Jewish settlement in Jozefow was established with the town, in the 18th c. In the 19th c., Becalel Waks established the first Hebrew printing house in Jozefow. Within the next few decades, the town became famous as the most active printing centre in the Lublin Region, having over half of its Jewish population working in printing and involved in selling books.

Visit: the synagogue building (today a library), Jewish cemetery, quarry, execution site and the memorial in the forest.


The oldest documents mentioning the Jewish settlement in Bilgoraj are from the year 1597, but there are claims who say that there was a Jewish presence in the town since as early as the second half of the 14th c. The Jewish community, dealing mainly with commerce and crafts, grew to almost half of the town’s population at the turn of the 19th and the 20th c. At this time the position of chief rabbi was held by Jankiel Mordko Zylberman, the grandfather of the author and Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer. After the outbreak of WWII, the Nazis deported a part of the Jewish community to the nearby towns. In 1942, following Operation Reinhardt in the region, the majority of Bilgoraj Jews were murdered in the Belzec death camp.

Visit: the lapidarium on the new Jewish cemetery, the I. B. Singer’s Bench, a shtetl reconstruction - including a replica of an 18th c. wooden synagogue from Wolpa (the Trail of the Borderland Cultures project).

Szczebrzeszyn (Shebreshin)

The oldest mention of a Jewish community there dates back to the 15th c. Within a few centuries, Jews dealing mainly with crafts and trade settled around the main square. In the 16th c., a cemetery was established on the outskirts of the town’s centre. Today, it is one of the oldest and biggest preserved cemeteries in Poland, holding hundreds of tombstones.

Visit: the synagogue building (today culture centre), Jewish cemetery and the memorial for the victims of mass execution on the site.

19.00 Return to Lublin, the end the tour

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registration deadline: April 30, 2017

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  • Price includes transportation and guiding service

  • The whole program in conducted in English

  • If you already signed up for a tour via questionnaire on the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre's website, you don't need to fill the above form. 


Please note: the price does not include travel insurance.

In case none of the sites listed on the upcoming Lubliner Reunion 2017 tour list are of specific importance to you, or you wish to have an individual roots tour in the region of Lublin made for you, please contact us in advance.


We will be happy to prepare a special itinerary for you. You can check the list of towns and shtetls in Lublin Region here.

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