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7@nite — Night of the Synagogues 2019

May 25-26th, from 10:00 p.m.

We are excited to invite everyone to the seven Krakow synagogues for the ninth edition of 7@Nite. We will be opening the doors to the world of Jewish diversity. For a few hours on this special night we will enchant Kazimierz. You will have the chance to experience a myriad of colors, sounds and tastes. We begin at 9:45 at the JCC on Miodowa street with a Havdalah – a ceremony marking the symbolic end of Shabbat. At 22:00 we will open the doors of Krakow’s synagogues, where you will have the chance to attend a concert, film screening, workshops, exhibitions and guided walks.

We begin at 9:45 p.m. at the JCC on Miodowa street with a Havdalah – a ceremony marking the symbolic end of Shabbat.

At 10:00 p.m. we will open the doors of Krakow’s synagogues, where you will have the chance to attend a concert, film screening, workshops, exhibitions and guided walks.

Tempel Synagogue, 24 Miodowa St.

Musical diversity

For the last few decades, the Tempel Synagogue has served not only as a place of prayer, but also one that has hosted many fantastic concerts. It won’t be any different this time around! On this special night you will have a chance to hear Ori Alboher – a charismatic, Israeli artist whose music orbits between electronic, R&B, pop and ambient. A myriad of sounds, the delicateness of his vocals, the harmonic melodies and the distinct beats will immerse you deeply in a world of musical diversity.

Kupa Synagogue, 27 Miodowa St.

Jewish Studies – The (un)known Judaism

In this magical night, we will transfer for a few hours the Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University from 19 Józefa Street to the Kupa Synagogue and open its doors to all those who want to learn how to study Jewish history and culture in Krakow, and in particular how delightful, how surprising or even amazing Judaism can be in all its variations. How you can learn it, where it is visible in Krakow, how close it is at your fingertips, and how much we still need to know about it..

Look inside the synagogue with us, so that in our old books we can discover traces of eminent orthodox rabbis, Jewish thinkers, get to know Hasidic legends, feel the spirit of modern Judaism. It will be a story told by all of us: faculties, graduates, and students. The Night of the Synagogues is primarily the Night of Stories about variety.

As part of the program, we invite you to take part in mini lectures prepared by the faculties of the Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University.

22.00-22.15: Dr hab. Michał Galas, Dr. Marek Tuszewicki, Why is it worth studying Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University
22.20-22.35: Dr hab. Leszek Hońdo, Kupa Synagogue — history and symbolism
22.40-22.55: Dr Michał Marciak, Was King Herod the Great a Jew?
23.00-23.15: Dr. Marek Tuszewicki, Joyful Judaism — Hasidism in Poland and in the world
23.20-23.35: Dr Alicja Maślak-Maciejewska and dr hab. Michał Galas, Progressive Judaism: preachers and rabbis of Krakow's Tempel and the Warsaw Great Synagogue
23.40-23.55: Dr Ewa Węgrzyn, Religious Diversity in Contemporary Israel
00.00-00.15: Dr hab. Stefan Gąsiorowski, Why Karaites are not Jews and why they are constantly accused of it?
00.20-00.35: Dr hab. Magdalena Ruta, Conversation with God and God in the Holocaust Yiddish literature published in post-war Poland
00.40-00.55: Dr Przemysław Zarubin, Diversity of Jewish issues in scientific data bases of the Institute of Judaism, Jagiellonian University

Isaac Synagogue, 18 Kupa St.

Yiddish, Ivrit, maybe ladino? One history – different languages.

Have you ever wondered how Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews handled their transactions? Did Greek-Jewish mothers from Saloniki and their cousins from Lublin lull their children to sleep with the same lullabies in the same languages? How many languages are spoken today in Israel and in the Jewish diaspora? Which words in our everyday colloquial language are derived from Jewish languages?

If you want to find answers to these, and many more questions, join us in the Isaac Synagogue, where we will be presenting an exhibition on Jewish languages. We will also give you a chance to put theory into practice. During the display and the Hebrew and Yiddish workshops led by Ewa Gordon and Julia Makosz, with the help of our volunteers, you will have the chance to learn how to write your names in both languages!

Come and see just how fascinating diversity really can be! The exhibition is prepared by the National Library of Israel in cooperation with JCC Krakow.

Old Synagogue, 24 Szeroka St.

The bastion of tradition

The heroine of the exhibition in the Old Synagogue is… The Old Synagogue.

From the time of its founding, to the outbreak of World War II, it continuously served the role of the main synagogue of the Kraków Jewish Community. It was the center of Jewish religious and social life, the spiritual knowledge of the Rabbis and the secular authority of the Kahal Seniors.

When, after the tragedy of the Holocaust, it ceased to play the role of the house of prayer, the building was assigned a new role: it became home to a museum that preserves the memory of the centuries of rich history and Jewish culture in Kraków. Museum of Kraków, The Old Synagogue Department

Museum of Kraków, The Old Synagogue Department

Remuh Synagogue, 40 Szeroka St.

What differentiates us, but does not separate us?

The Jewish Student Club, Hillel GIMEL, will takes us on a journey around the world! We will take a look at the plates of the Spanish Jews, a peek at a Mizrahi wedding and we will discover how traditions differ depending on geography.

The program is prepared by the Jewish Student Club, Hillel GIMEL Krakow.

High Synagogue, 38 Józefa St.

An animated story of the Exodus – the beginnings of diversity

Exodus – exit, passage, new chapter – this is what Nina Paley, an American cartoonist, animator and an activist of free culture, the author of numerous comics shows in her animated story. Shown at film festivals it is a fantastic, surprising and colorful film about the Jewish nation and their journey.

Cinema in a synagogue? Why not!
We invite you to screenings in four rounds:
10.10 p.m. | 11.00 p.m. | 11.50 p.m. | 00.40 a.m.

Wolf Popper Synagogue, 16 Szeroka St.

Different cards, same history

In Jewish tradition, art and literature have always, and continue to play a very important role. A book has always been a medium of information, humor and fantasy. We invite you to the book shop in the Popper Synagogue to familiarize yourself with the works of the most prominent Jewish writers. But that’s not all! Together with the Austeria publishing house, we have prepared an event, that has never happened in the history of the Night of Synagogues – you will have the chance to view "The Dybbuk" — a masterpiece of pre-war Yiddish cinema, directly under the stars.

The program is prepared by the Austeria publishing house.

Accompanying events

JCC Krakow, 24 Miodowa St.

10.30 p.m. – from cholent, through challah to hummus — Jewish cuisine and various Jewish dishes are a core of Jewish identity. We invite you to the JCC garden for a culinary demonstration prepared by Kasia Leonardi – try the key dishes of the Jewish tradition.

10.30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. — Identity – the experience of the place — Darek Pala’s exhibition.

JCC WEST, 5 Izaaka St., Information center

It is easy to lose orientation in the intricate streets of Krakow's Kazimierz. You can find a 7@nite information point at the corner of Kupa and Izaak Streets, at JCC WEST, the headquarters of the Jewish student club Hillel GIMEL. We are happy to give you all the necessary tips.

Galicia Jewish Museum, Dajwór 18

Kazimierz yesterday and today: the history of diversity For centuries Kazimierz has been the meeting point of different languages, social groups, political views, visions of the past and future. The local Jewish community was and still remains much more diverse, than it initially appears.

During the Night of Synagogues we invite you for tours co-organized by Galicia Jewish Museum and Free Walkative! Tour: we will show you the old traces of diversity as well as its modern manifestations.
20:00 a Polish tour
21:00 an English tour
22:00 a Polish tour

All tours begin in Galicia Jewish Museum, Dajwór 18.
Telephone or email sign up necessary. Applications are considered in the order they are received.
Telephone: 12 421 68 42 | e-mail: zapisy@galiciajewishmuseum.org

From 22:00 to 24:00 we invite you to Galicia Jewish Museum for an exhibition of Chuck Fishman’s photography titled “Re-Generation. Jewish life in Poland”. Free entrance.

Organizers

In order to create this year's 7@nite program, we invited the collaboration of institutions that contribute to the development and promotion of Jewish culture in our city. In addition to JCC Kraków and the Jewish Religious Community in Kraków, the Jewish Studies Institute of the Jagiellonian University, the Galicia Jewish Museum, Hillel Gimel Kraków, Chabad Lubawicz Kraków, Austeria Publishing House, the Israeli Embassy in Poland and the Kraków Museum Old Synagogue Department also contributed to the program.

We are looking forward to see you there!

Free admission applies to all events.

JCC Krakow — The Jewish Community Centre of Krakow was opened in 2008 as the result of an initiative by HRH The Prince of Wales. This year, the JCC celebrates 11th anniversary of working towards rebuilding the Jewish life in Krakow. The Centre has something of a cult status in the city; it is full of life, energy, creativity, amazing people and innovative, sometimes crazy ideas. It’s a constantly developing, growing and dynamic space with a highly positive atmosphere that offers a variety of educational and cultural programs. From its Senior Club to the newly opened Jewish nursery and kindergarten "Frajda," the JCC caters to all generations. It is the hub and heart of the Jewish community in Krakow, an important site on the cultural map of the city.

The Jewish Religious Community in Krakow — The Community keeps traditions of the more than 700 year-old Jewish community of Krakow alive. It covers Southeastern Poland and is a part of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland. Currently, it has about a hundred members and supports the life of the Jewish community in Krakow and Southeastern Poland. The Community operates three active synagogues in Krakow (Remu, Tempel, and Kupa) and owns Old Synagogue, Izaak Synagogue, High Synagogue, Wolf Popper Synagogue, Deiches Synagogue, Mizrachi Synagogue, Chevra Thilim Synagogue, and a few other synagogues in Galicia.

Jewish Community Centre

Jewish Community Centre

The Jewish Religious Community in Krakow

The Jewish Religious Community in Krakow

Originator

JDC Poland — For a hundred years, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), commonly known as the Joint, has operated by the principle according to which the Jews are responsible not just for themselves, but for all Jews. Currently, the JDC works in over 70 different countries, where it partners with various organizations for the benefit of Jewish people, providing charitable contributions to Jewish communities and protecting the Jewish identity and culture. The JDC's activities cover not only Jewish communities: through charity programs, the organization helps mitigate crisis situations worldwide. Nine years ago, the 7@nite program was created by JDC Poland, and it has organized the event for seven years.

Fundacja Joint Distribution Committee Poland

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Poland

Key partners of the ninth edition of 7@nite:

The Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University — The Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University is the oldest university department in Poland offering studies in the field of Judaism. Currently, it is located in the Kazimierz, once the epicenter of the city’s Jewish life. Its teaching staff consists of 13 scholars, and the number of students enrolled is about 130.

Hillel Gimel Krakow — Hillel Gimel Krakow is a Jewish Student Club that was formed as a result of a merger between the previously existing "Gimel" group at JCC Krakow and the international Hillel organization that unites young people of Jewish descent in over 600 locations worldwide. Hillel Gimel focuses on Jewish culture, building the Jewish identity, education and fun.

The Galicia Jewish Museum — The Galicia Jewish Museum was established to commemorate the memory of Holocaust victims and to show Jewish history and culture from a new perspective. The museum is located in Kazimierz, in the heart of the city’s former Jewish Quarter. It is a non-profit institution that sees its goal in challenging traditional stereotypes about Poland’s Jewish past and helping both Poles and Jews better understand their own history.

Hillel Gimel Krakow

Hillel Gimel Krakow

The Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University

The Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University

The Galicia Jewish Museum

The Galicia Jewish Museum

Partners

Embassy of Israel in Poland

Embassy of Israel in Poland

Historical Museum of the City of Krakow

Historical Museum of the City of Krakow

Chabad Lubavitch Krakow

Chabad Lubavitch Krakow

Austeria Publishing House

Austeria Publishing House

Media

TVP3 Kraków

TVP3 Kraków

Radio Kraków

Radio Kraków

Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza

CONTACT

Jewish Community Centre, Miodowa 24 St., 31-055 Kraków
Phone: +48 12 370 5770
Email: office@jcckrakow.org
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