Authors Posts by David I. Bernstein

David I. Bernstein

David I. Bernstein is the Dean of the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Previously he was the Director of Midreshet Lindenbaum. Since 1992, he has been accompanying student and adult groups to Poland and other centers of Jewish life in Europe as a guide and resident historian. He lectures both abroad and online, and can be reached at

How the Student Poland Experience Has Changed

The Poland trip has become de rigueur for Modern Orthodox gap-year students. But seismic changes in contemporary Poland and shifting trends in Modern Orthodoxy mean that the content and meaning of these trips are different than they used to be. David I. Bernstein, who has been leading Poland trips since 1992, tells the story of the student Poland experience, then and now.