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25th Festival of Jewish Culture takes place in Krakow in 2015, from June 25th through July 5th. 

The festival venues, including Krakow's synagogues, are scattered around the former Jewish quarter of the Kazimierz historic district while some events take place in other parts of downtown Krakow. 

 

Program of the 25th Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow
June 25th to July 5th, 2015.   

Note: things keep changing, so take into account, please, that the following program is liable to alterations  

Festival Events 

Thursday, June 25th

Hour

Event Venue

noon

Krakow’s band, Kuzmir, performs Jewish songs

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

2:00 p.m.

Poland's Anna Gieracka talks about architekture, space, and nature.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

6:00 p.m.

Literature meeting.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

8:30 p.m.

Krakow’s MLDVA DJ duo spin psychofolk

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

Friday, June 26th

Hour

Event Venue

2:00 p.m.

Poland's Anna Gieracka talks about architekture, space, and nature.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

6:00 p.m.

Literature meeting.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

8:00 p.m.

Israel’s pop singer Ori Alboher's performance.

Cheder Cafe at 36 Jozefa Street (entry from Jakuba street)

8:30 p.m.

Poland’s DJs Good Paul and Daniel Drumz spin house.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

8:36 p.m.

Kalabat Shabbat ceremony (free admission). 

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

10:00 p.m.

TEDER PRESENTS - A night in Tel Aviv. 

Boat Barka moored by Kladka Bernatka bridge. 

Saturday, June 27th

Hour

Event Venue

9:00 a.m.

Jewish Krakow, a tour in Polish.

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

9:00 a.m.

Shabbat morning prayer ceremony (free admission). 

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

1:00 p.m.

Jewish Krakow, a tour in English.

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

1:30 p.m.

Industrial Kazimierz, a tour in Polish.

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

2:00 p.m.

Challah means Chalka: Jewish baking workshop with Israel’s Uri Scheft and Rinat Tzadok.

Piekarnia Mojego Taty bakery at 6 Meiselsa street.

2:00 p.m.

Poland’s Sylwia Liszka and Agnieszka Wozowicz talk about Jewish quarter.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

6:00 p.m.

Literature meeting.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

8:30 p.m.

Open-air concert features Israel’s alt pop act, Buttering Trio.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

10:30 p.m.

Melaveh Malkah, a joyous ceremony at the end of the Shabbat (free admission). 

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

Sunday, June 28th

Hour

Event Venue

9:00 a.m.

Visiting Kazimierz synagogues (tour in Polish)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

9:30 a.m.

Visiting Kazimierz synagogues (tour in English)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

noon

USA’s cantor Benzion Miller gives recital (free admission). 

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

1:00 p.m.

Industrial Kazimierz, a tour in Polish.

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

1:30 p.m.
to  3:00 p.m.

Polish tour of the New Jewish Cemetery. 

Starting point 55 Miodowa street

2 p.m.

In the Land of Yiddish, an interactive workshop for children in Polis.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

2:00 p.m.

The World of Ryszard Horowitz, a meeting with USA’s photographer Ryszard Horowitz and his wife Anna (free admission). 

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

4:00 p.m.

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem.

Jewish Community Center at 24 Miodowa street.

4:00 p.m.

Zahor, a ceremony commemorating Krakow Jews. 

Plac Bohaterów Getta square.

6:00 p.m.

Literature meeting.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

7:00 p.m.

Concert of Jewish cantors features USA’s Yaakov Lemmer and Israel’s David Vainnbach and Ushi Blumenberg plus The Bells Vocal Ensemble

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

8:30 p.m.

Poland’s band, Berjozkele, performs Yiddish songs.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

Monday, June 29th  

Hour

Event Venue

9:00 a.m.

Visiting Kazimierz synagogues (tour in Polish)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

9:30 a.m.

Visiting Kazimierz synagogues (tour in English)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

10:00 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m.

Klezmer Basic and Beyond, a workshop of Klezmer music for beginners led by Deborah Strauss (USA) and Sanne Moricke (Germany), in English and Polish. 

Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace high school at 7 Waska street.

10 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m.

Open Meeting: “The Source and Heart of the World”. 

Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace high school at 7 Waska street. 

at noon

Workshop of Yiddish singing led by the USA's Jeff Warschauer (in English and Polish).

Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace high school at 7 Waska street. .

at noon

Workshop for children in Polish: “Travel to Israel”.

Popper Synagogue, 
16 Szeroka street

noon
to  1:30 p.m.

New Life. Jewish Quarters of the Central-Eastern Europe in the 21st Century”, a lecture by USA’s Ruth Ellen Gruber.

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

noon

Literature meeting with UK's Emily Finer.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

1:00 p.m.

Challah means Chalka: Jewish baking workshop with Israel’s Uri Scheft and Rinat Tzadok.

Piekarnia Mojego Taty bakery at 6 Meiselsa street.

1:30 p.m.

Tour of the Remuh cemetery in Polish. 

Starting point at the Remuh Synagogue, 
40 Szeroka street

2:00 p.m.

Hava Caravan”, the meeting with Dani Caravan.  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

2:00 pm

Mizrah - from a town to Jerusalem”, a lecture by Poland's Monika Krajewska.

Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace high school at 7 Waska street. .

3:00 p.m.

Workshops of Jewish dance with USA's Steven Weintraub and accompaniment by Festival Yiddish Dance Band (English and Polish).

1 Plac Nowy square, 2nd floor

3:00 p.m.

The Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva

Popper Synagogue, 
16 Szeroka street

4:00 p.m.

Jewish Women in Jewish Space. In the Past and Today” meeting with USA’s Shana Penn and Poland’s Edyta Gawron and Joanna Lisek  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

4:00 pm

Workshop of Hassidic singing led by USA’s cantor Benzion Miller..

Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace high school at 7 Waska street. .

5:30 p.m.

Rock the Casbah: the Jewish Quarters in Algeria as Music Laboratories” by Chris Silver..

Cheder Cafe at 36 Jozefa Street (entry from Jakuba street)

6:00 p.m.

Fira. Poznanscy Zydzi. Opowiesc o zyciu” by Ksenia Kosakowska and Andrzej Niziolek, a Polish book – meeting with the authors..

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

7:00 p.m.

Yiddish winkl, a conversation meeting for Yiddish speakers (free admission).

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

8:00 p.m.

USA’s trumpeter Frank London, cantor Yaakov Lemmer, and clarinetist Michael Winograd perform Jewish music.

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

8:30 p.m.

Israel’s Gelada DJ Set spin “Bob Dylan & Other Jewish Hippies”.

Dajwor street behind the Old Synagogue.

midnight

JJam session features USA’s klezmer trumpeter Frank London and La Mar Enfortuna band. 

Alchemia club, 5 Estery street at Plac Nowy square

Tuesday, June 30th  

Hour

Event Venue

9:00 a.m.

Jewish Life in Kazimerz and Podgorze (tour in Polish, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

9:30 a.m.

Jewish Life in Kazimerz and Podgorze (tour in English, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

10:00 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m.

Klezmer Basic and Beyond, a workshop of Klezmer music for beginners led by Deborah Strauss (USA) and Sanne Moricke (Germany), in English and Polish (admission 10 PLN). 

Jewish Community Center at 24 Miodowa street.

noon

Workshop of Yiddish singing led by the USA's Jeff Warschauer.

Jewish Community Center at 24 Miodowa street.

at noon

Workshop for children in Polish: “Biblical Stories and Characters” (admission 5 PLN).

Popper Synagogue, 
16 Szeroka street

noon
to  1:30 p.m.

The third Generation: Young American Jews and Poland” an English lecture by the USA’s Stephanie Butnick.  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

noon
to  1:30 p.m.

Israel - Photo-Story about That How to Live and Don't Go Crazy”, lecture by Maria Szychowska (Poland).  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

1:30 p.m.

Tour of the Remuh cemetery with Edgar Gluck (USA), Chief Rabbi of Galicia (in English, fee 20 PLN)

Starting point at the Remuh Synagogue, 
40 Szeroka street

2:00 p.m.

What's Jewish” an English lecture by the Poland’s Katarzyna Zimmerer.  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

3:00 p.m.
 

Following the Footsteps of Ruben Silber, an Polish tour of Kazimierz district (fee 10 PLN).

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

3:30 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m.

Workshops of Jewish dance with USA's Steven Weintraub and accompaniment by Festival Yiddish Dance Band (admission 20 PLN, English and Polish).

SCKM, 15 Wietora street

5:30 p.m.

Israeli Groove Connection: Boom Pam! - The Folk is Going Electric – a radio play in English (free admission).

Cheder Cafe at 36 Jozefa Street (entry from Jakuba street)

7:00 p.m.

Yiddish winkl, a conversation meeting for Yiddish speakers (free admission)..

Cheder Cafe at 36 Jozefa Street (entry from Jakuba street)

7:00 p.m.

USA’s The Klezmatics band performs klezmer music

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

10:00 p.m.

USA’s La Mar Enfortuna band performs Sephardim music

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

midnight

Jam session with USA’s trumpeter Frank London and friends (admission 10 PLN).

Alchemia club, 5 Estery street at Plac Nowy square

Wednesday, July 1st  

Hour

Event Venue

9:00 a.m.

Visiting Kazimierz synagogues (tour in Polish, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

9:30 a.m.

Visiting Kazimierz synagogues (tour in English, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

10:00 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m.

Klezmer Basic and Beyond, a workshop of Klezmer music for beginners led by Deborah Strauss (USA) and Sanne Moricke (Germany), in English and Polish (admission 10 PLN). 

Jewish Community Center at 24 Miodowa street.

at noon

Workshop for children in Polish: “Biblical Stories and Characters” (admission 5 PLN).

Popper Synagogue, 
16 Szeroka street

noon
to  1:30 p.m.

How to Speak and Write about Jewish Sites” a discussion in English and Polish (free admission).  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

1:30 p.m

Walk in the Former Jewish Ghetto of Krakow, tour in Polish (free of charge). 

Starting point on the Plac Bohaterow Getta square.

2:00 p.m.

Workshop of Yiddish singing led by the USA's Michael Alpert (fee 10 PLN).

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square

2:00 p.m.

What's Jewish” an English lecture by the Poland’s Katarzyna Zimmerer.  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

3:00 p.m.
 

Following the Footsteps of Ruben Silber, an Polish tour of Kazimierz district (fee 10 PLN).

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

3:30 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m.

Workshops of Jewish dance with USA's Steven Weintraub and accompaniment by Festival Yiddish Dance Band (admission 20 PLN, English and Polish).

SCKM, 15 Wietora street

4:00 p.m.

CoolJewz: Once upon Time - History As a Fairy-Tale in Inglorious Bastards” – a presentation by the UK’s Mikel Koven in English and Polish (free admission).  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

4:00 p.m.

Meet the Star @ Cheder: Omri Mor (Israel), free admission.

Cheder Cafe at 36 Jozefa Street (entry from Jakuba street)

5:30 p.m.

Israeli Groove Connection: New Customs, Dancing Tel Aviv – a radio play in English (free admission).

Cheder Cafe at 36 Jozefa Street (entry from Jakuba street)

7:00 p.m.

Yiddish winkl, a conversation meeting for Yiddish speakers (free admission)..

Cheder Cafe at 36 Jozefa Street (entry from Jakuba street)

7:00 p.m.

Poland’s band, Alte Zachen, performs Jewish music

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

10:00 p.m.

Israel’s vocalist Shai Tsabari and the Future Orchestra plus singer-songwriter Ahuva Ozeri perform Jewish music

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

midnight

Jam session with USA’s trumpeter Frank London and friends (admission 10 PLN).

Alchemia club, 5 Estery street at Plac Nowy square

Thursday, July 2nd

Hour

Event Venue

9:00 a.m.

Jewish Life in Kazimerz and Podgorze (tour in Polish, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

9:30 a.m.

Jewish Life in Kazimerz and Podgorze (tour in English, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

at noon

Workshop for children in Polish: “Biblical Stories and Characters” (admission 5 PLN).

Popper Synagogue, 
16 Szeroka street

noon
to  1:30 p.m.

How to Talk about Anti-Semitism” a discussion in English and Polish (free admission).  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

1:30 p.m.

English tour of the New Jewish Cemetery (fee 20 PLN). 

Starting point 55 Miodowa street

2:00 p.m.

What's Jewish” a discussion with Rabbi Michael Paley, Jonathan Webber, Katarzyna Zimmerer, and Jonathan Ornstein, director of the Jewish Community Center (free admission)..  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

3:00 p.m.

Foreign Eye, Kazimierz from a Traveler Viewpoint - a tour in Polish (fee 30 PLN).

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

3:30 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m.

Workshops of Jewish dance with USA's Steven Weintraub and accompaniment by Festival Yiddish Dance Band (admission 20 PLN, English and Polish).

SCKM, 15 Wietora street

4:00 p.m.

CoolJewz: Jewsploitation – Political Ambiguity and Israeli Horrors, the case of Kalevet Movie” – a presentation by the UK’s Mikel Koven in English and Polish (free admission).  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

5:30 p.m.

Israeli Groove Connection: Israeli Psychodelic Funk – from Roots till Now – a radio play in English (free admission).

Cheder Cafe at 36 Jozefa Street (entry from Jakuba street)

7:00 p.m.

Israel’s percussionist Shlomo Bar and Habrera Hativeet band performs Jewish music in Tempel Synagogue, 24 Miodowa street, at 7 pm.

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

10:00 p.m.

Israel’s Kutiman Orchestra performs Jewish music

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

midnight

Jam session with Poland's Cukunft band (admission 10 PLN).

Alchemia club, 5 Estery street at Plac Nowy square

Friday, July 3rd

Hour

Event Venue

9:00 a.m.

Visiting Kazimierz synagogues (tour in Polish, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

9:30 a.m.

Visiting Kazimierz synagogues (tour in English, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

at noon

Workshop for children in Polish: “Biblical Stories and Characters” (admission 5 PLN).

Popper Synagogue, 
16 Szeroka street

noon
to  1:30 p.m.

Depiction of a Jew in Polish Folk and Pop Culture” a discussion in English and Polish (free admission).  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

at noon

Two Rabbis and an Atheist Enter a Bar” - a panel discussion with Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland, Jonathan Ornstein, JCC Executive Director, and Rabbi Tyson Herberger.

Jewish Community Center at 24 Miodowa street.

1:30 p.m.

Walk in the Former Jewish Ghetto of Krakow, tour in English (free of charge). 

Starting point on the Plac Bohaterow Getta square.

2:00 p.m.

What's Jewish” an English lecture by Jonathan Ornstein, director of the Jewish Community Center (free admission).

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

2:00 p.m.

Workshop of Yiddish singing led by the USA's Michael Alpert (fee 10 PLN).

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square

3:00 p.m.

Foreign Eye, Kazimierz from a Traveler Viewpoint - a tour in English (fee 30 PLN).

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

3:30 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m.

Workshops of Jewish dance with USA's Steven Weintraub and accompaniment by Festival Yiddish Dance Band (admission 20 PLN, English and Polish).

SCKM, 15 Wietora street

4:00 p.m.

Is Poland Situated on the Mediterranean?” a discussion in English and Polish (free admission).  

Jewish Culture Center, 17 Meiselsa street at Plac Nowy square.

6:00 p.m.

USA’s clarinetist David Krakauer and his band, Ancestral Groove, perform klezmer music

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

7:00 p.m.

Tea Dance Party features USA's Jeff Warschauer, Deborah Strauss, and Steven Weintraub plus Germany's Sanne Moricke and Festival Yiddish Dance Band (free admission).

Plac Wolnica square.

Saturday, July 4th

Hour

Event

Venue

8:00 a.m.

Shtetl – Following the Traces of Jewish Villages” a day trip touring Dzialoszyce, Pinczow, Chmielnik, and Szydlow (in English, fee 250 PLN).

Starting point at Jewish Klezmer Hoise, 6 Szeroka street.

9:00 a.m.

Jewish Krakow, a tour in Polish (fee 30 PLN).

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

9:00 a.m.

Jewish Krakow, a tour in English (fee 30 PLN).

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

2:00 p.m.

Shabbat Shalom! A Family Shabbat Gathering” a workshop for children and young people (free admission).

Popper Synagogue, 
16 Szeroka street

6:00 p.m.

Final open-air concert "Shalom on Szeroka Street" (free admission).

Ulica Szeroka street

1:00 a.m.

Shalom Afterparty (free admission). 

Alchemia club, 5 Estery street at Plac Nowy square

Sunday, July 5th

Hour

Event Venue

noon

Jewish Life in Kazimerz and Podgorze (tour in Polish, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

half past noon

Jewish Life in Kazimerz and Podgorze (tour in English, fee 30 PLN)

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

3:00 p.m.
 

Following the Footsteps of Ruben Silber, a Polish tour of Kazimierz district (fee 10 PLN).

Starting point at High Synagogue (Synagoga Wysoka), 38 Jozefa street

6:00 p.m.

Concert "Leopold Kozlowski and Friends" features an array of Krakow's pop acts (admission 100 PLN).

Tempel Synagogue, 
24 Miodowa street

8:00 p.m.

Concert features Israel’s indie folk band Lola Marsh.

Cheder Cafe at 36 Jozefa Street (entry from Jakuba street)

 

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