Jews of Krakow

Let's take a peek inside modern Jewish life in Krakow!

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WITH MY KNOWLEDGE, COMES MY CHOICE. WHY EDUCATION PLAYS A KEY ROLE FOR YOUNG JEWS IN POLAND?

Sara is doing thousands of things a minute and sleeps only 3 hours per day. She is a student, she is a Vice President of the Jewish Student Club “Gimel” in JCC Krakow and a madrich at Jewish summer camps. She graduated from Lauder-Morasha school in Warsaw and she was growing up in a Jewish home but on her way she encountered many people who are just finding out about their Jewish roots. Her journey to be engaged in the Jewish community was also not that easy! Find out why for her “knowledge” and “choice” are the key words right now for the third generation of Polish Jews after the Holocaust.

 

 

Photo: JCC Krakow

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FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION: THE CANTOR'S CONCERT

"One generation passes away and another generation comes. And the Earth abides forever."

One of the roles of the cantor is to conduct prayers in the synagogue on behalf of the whole community. Over the centuries, this kind of prayer has became an art passed on from generation to generation, and the voice of the cantor is valued equally with the voice of opera singers. During this year's concert we heard three of the greatest young cantors - a new generation of chazan - who perform both in the synagogues and in the concert halls: Moshe Fishel, Elazar Vinograd, Abraham Kirshenbaum and The Bells Vocal Ensemble with an acompanists Menachem Brostowski.

(from: www.jewishfestival.pl)

 

 

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A DIFFERENT LOOK AT MARCH OF THE LIVING

The March of the Living is an annual educational program, which brings students from all over the world to Poland, in order to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate. The March of the Living itself, a 3-kilometre walk from Auschwitz from Birkenau, is a silent tribute to all victims of the Holocaust. After spending a week in Poland visiting other sites of Nazi Germany’s persecution and former sites of Jewish life and culture, many participants also travel to Israel the following week to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day (www.motl.org).

This year I participated in March of the Living as a member of a group of non-Jewish volunteers from JCC Krakow.

 

 

What was amazing is that I saw a lot of other Polish groups - mainly from schools and scout groups.

 

But from what I experienced this year, not all of the life is being remembered and pointed at. And what is more powerful than the idea of Jewish life thriving not far from Auschwitz?

 

"Building a Jewish future in Krakow" t-shirt

 

Luckily, this year, many groups could experience this amazing Jewish life revival in Krakow while visiting its JCC. They met with young Polish Jews, Holocaust survivors and non-Jewish volunteers who are helping the community.

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