IST 2018 is on our way!! We have a very smooth departure at Temple Sinai and easy flight. Everyone was a bit tired, but we powered on to see a few things when we arrived in Krakow. We had a great time visiting with the Rabbi Avi and Jonathan Ornstein who is the Executive Director at the JCC Krakow telling us about Krakow, the resurgence of Jews back to Polish and Jewish life in Poland. The student asked some amazing questions even though they were so exhausted. We walked around the Jewish Quarter in Krakow called Kazimierz, saw a few synagogues, had a delicious dinner and then the square where there are a memorial of chairs commemorating the thousands that died from the Krakow Ghetto. A wonderful first day!! Today will be very emotional since we are heading to Auschwitz-Birkenau to bear witness to the tragedies of the Holocaust..