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Jewish Cultural Center in Krakow

Judaica Foundation and its Center for Jewish Culture in Krakow 

From the 16th century on the Jewish quarter at Kazimierz – once a separate city in its own right, now a  district of downtown Krakow –  was the capital of Poland’s Jews and one of the main centers of Diaspora in Europe. After World War II its Jewish traditions seemed to belong to the past until they have been revived by the Judaica Foundation since 1991. In 1993 it set up the Center for Jewish Culture (Centrum Kultury Zydowskiej in Polish) in Krakow’s Kazimierz neighborhood. 


Krakow's hub of Jewish culture.  

Both the Judaica Foundation and the Jewish Cultural Center have their seats in a corner building at 17 Rabbi Meisels street and Plac Nowy square, now thoroughly refurbished, which once served as the B’nai Emuna prayer house in the 19th-century. Their motto is “L’dor v’dor” (“from generation to generation” in Hebrew) and they protect Poland’s Jewish heritage, popularize it, and conduct research. 

Activities of the Jewish Cultural Center in Krakow. 

Every year numerous shows, recitals, conferences and other cultural and scholarly activities take place in the Jewish Cultural Center at 17 Meiselsa street. It's also a popular venue for concerts of classical music. 

The flagship program of the Judaica Foundation is called Bayit Khaddash Month of Encounters with Jewish Culture. Bayit Khaddash translates as 'New Home' and the program consists in series of events – from lectures to concerts to various shows – taking place in the Jewish Cultural Center almost every day from late September through November. They have been organized yearly since 1996 and every of the events may feature either Jewish or Polish cultural and historical traditions but preferably both. 

Contact information of the Center of Jewish Culture 

Postal address: Centrum Kultury Zydowskiej, ul. Meiselsa 17, 31-058 Krakow, Poland. Phone (+48) 124306449. Fax (+48) 124306497. Email Web site  

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