JCC Krakow
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The Jewish Community Centre of Krakow (JCC Krakow) is the de facto Jewish visitors center for Krakow, Poland. It provides social, educational, and community oriented services to the Jewish community of Krakow. Opened in April 2008 by HRH, The Prince of Wales, the JCC has quickly established itself as the focal point of Jewish life in the city both for Krakowians as well as visitors from Poland and abroad. Contact the JCC for information about Shabbat dinners and holiday programming; kosher catering; to set up an an appointment with the executive director, our genealogist, or community members. We can also help organize all of your travel needs.
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smitch44
Fairfax, VA11 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
The history of Jewish life in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague and Budapest was the main thrust of our recent trip to Eastern Europe. It's compelling, sad, and also upbeat to see what is being done by government and private individuals to remember the Holocaust and build respect for Jews. We visited this JCC in Krakow after seeing Auschwitz and many museums and memorials. The beautiful building, the full-of-energy director, the class in session, the Holocaust survivors sitting together over coffee, the non-Jewish volunteers and participants, the lack of security guards, the welcoming atmosphere, the TOTAL UPBEAT MOOD made this visit so good that we went back the next day. Kudos to Jonathan, the director, and all who make this JCC a positive, active and warm place for local Jews and non-Jews as well as international visitors.
Written November 8, 2014
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Peninah Z
Toronto, Canada95 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
June 2014 spend a week in Krakow ...taking an active part in almost all what it has to offer- it's hard to cover all excellent/outstanding programs the Festival offers....

The Krakow JCC- is an integral part of the Jewish and non-Jewish life in Krakow...and a place to meet people...the staff is extremely helpful ...and hard working....I had a marvellous experience....
Written November 14, 2014
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NewYorkBulldog
New York155 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
I wanted to check this place out after reading all the reviews. I decided to attend their Friday night service as I find Krakow/Kazimierez such a spiritual place. Their Rabbi was fantastic. The short service was delivered in Hebrew, Polish and English and was delightful.
We then proceeded downstairs for their Shabbat dinner which was held under a beautifully built Sukkah in their side yard. There was a diverse assortment of Jews and non Jews from the US, Germany, France and many other countries.
Everyone has come together in this wonderful place to celebrate the survival of the Jews and to learn more about their culture. You can feel it in the air! This is a "must do".
Written October 13, 2014
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Little Travel Troll
Oslo, Norway1,293 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
After a trip to Auschwitz and visiting the Jewish quarter in Krakow, I felt I had some unanswered questions about Jewish history in the area. When I saw this place I went in there to see if I could get more knowledge, and I met two really nice girls who patiently gave me all the information I was looking for.

Inside the building they have an exhibition of posters and bottles(!) from a variety of events held by the community, which was really interesting to see.

Outside there is a beautiful butterfly wall, which alone is worth the visit.
Written September 24, 2017
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SJSK2014
Cleveland, OH6 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
We really loved our visit to JCC Krakow in June! It is a sight that shouldn't be missed. My son, who is there on a yearlong fellowship has not only been welcomed into the workplace, but has become part of their family. The volunteers and staff, Jewish and non-Jewish, work side by side in a colorful lively space warmly receiving locals and visitors from all over the world. After participating in the Ride for the Living on June 6, 2014, biking with 14 others from Auschwitz-Birkenau 55 miles to JCC Krakow, we were welcomed with balloons, JCC Krakow beer, loud applause and a delicious Shabbat meal. JCC Krakow is all about celebrating life, discovering Jewish roots, learning and building community, so close to where it almost ceased to exist. Stop in; meet the amazing staff, Jonathan, Justin, Avi, Sebastian, Kasia, Anna, Joanna, Ishbel, Agnieszka, and Agata and see for yourself!
Written July 24, 2014
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Stephen P
Los Angeles, CA116 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
Enjoyed visiting this vestige of the Jewish population. I ran into the President of the jewish community. He was shy but spent a few moments with us.
Written July 15, 2014
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Mike S
Krakow, Poland1 contribution
Jun 2014 • Friends
I've been dropping by the JCC for several years now and it's definitely one of Kraków's most vibrant and interesting institutions - and something truly unique in the world.

If you're a Jewish visitor to Kraków and would like to find a warm, inviting place to have Shabbat dinner, or chat with Kraków's Orthodox rabbi, you've come to the right place.

If, on the other hand, you're interested in Judaism and Jewish culture but were afraid to ask, well - it's an understatement to say that you've come to the right place. Just about any day of the week, you can talk to Jews from Poland, America, Israel, and all over the world. You're likely to meet people with Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Chabad, or atheist views, and everything in between. Sign up for classes in Hebrew or Yiddish or - why not? - maybe Japanese or Arabic. Drop in for a lecture, a movie, or a concert, yoga, cooking classes or dance lessons or use the library, and you're likely to meet holocaust survivors, holocaust scholars, students, families, seniors, politicians, Tzadiks, refuseniks, kibbutzniks, and catholics. The person you're sitting next to at shabbat might just be a pop star, and athlete, or maybe, just maybe, even Prince Charles, the Centre's patron.

Like a good American JCC, it's a Jewish institution that takes the idea of community seriously - both its core Jewish community and the city outside of its gates. The only thing missing is a swimming pool. In spite of the vast cross-section of opinions, it's a remarkably free and friendly atmosphere where you can not only learn about Jewish history but also participate in it - and given the incredibly painful history of this region, this is nothing short of a miracle.

Also, don't miss Kasia's Israeli salad!

-M
Written June 27, 2014
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Aslan Behar
Istanbul, Türkiye1,032 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
We are kindly accepted by the jewish community for a shabbat dinner. We met a Auschwitz survivor there and had time to learn what had happened and how she survived. For us it was a pleasure to be with all. Thanks a lot for them so we had a chance to meet Polish Jews.
Written June 15, 2014
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Janet K
Rockport, MA30 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
An amazing cultural site whose mission is to bring back the Jewish culture. The founder is delightful and informative. Met several non Jewish volunteers and young women who recently discovered their Jewish roots. A must see in Krakow!
Written December 22, 2019
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Adele K
Richmond, VA337 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We literally got the plane from the US and went to Shabbat dinner at the JCC Krakow and ... that is when we fell in love with this incredibly vibrant and vital organization which is at the heart of the blossoming Jewish community. There were about 90 people in attendance, with only 10 of them tourists. A great d'var was delivered by one of their senior members. Warmly welcomed, we were introduced to the history and amazed at the present. It led to making this the highlight of our trip to Central Europe and the message that we have brought back to the states over and over again, a wonderful surprise to all who hear. The JCC Krakow is there for all ages, with a pre-school, a seniors group, classes, cultural events, a Hillel, etc . We were present for the dedication of the pre-school at the end of our stay, which was very moving.
Written August 22, 2018
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