Jewish Poland

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Jewish Heritage tours in Poland offer the broadest range of points of Jewish interest in Eastern Europe, with visits to the cities of Warsaw, Lublin, Lodz, Lezansk, Kracow, Lancut,  Rzeszow, Izbica and  Zamosc and stopovers in-between.

A tour of Warsaw covers the site of the city’s first Jewish settlement in the 15th century along with the modern Museum of the History of Polish Jews; the neighborhoods of the Gerer Rebbe and literary icons I. L. Peretz and Isaac Bashevis Singer; the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto, the Memorial Route to the Ghetto Heroes Monument and the Museum Plaza; the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute and the Nozyk Synagogue.

A stopover in Lublin includes visits to the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva, the Old Cemetery, which contains with the oldest matzevas  (tombstones) in Poland, and the Brama Grodzka Theater Center, which sustains Jewish culture.

Other Jewish historic landmarks in Poland include: The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, the epicenter of the Holocaust; the Majdanek death camp on the outskirts of Lublin;  the Radegast Memorial, Park of the Survivors and Cemetery in Lodz; the Krakow Jewish Ghetto and Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum in Kracow; the Chassidic Route through the Galicia region; the renovated Baroque-style Lancut synagogue, and the restored synagogues, yeshivas and museums in Rzeszow, Izbica and  Zamosc, where Jewish communities once flourished.

Graves of Zadikim in Poland

Rav Yisroel Bar Shalom Shachna

Rav Shalom Shachna

Rav Klonimus Kelman Halevi Epstein

Rav Avraham Moshe Kalish

Rav Mordechai Yaffe

Rav Aryeh Lev

Rav Eliezer, Admor of Dzikov

Rav Yosef Kalish, Admor of Amshinov

Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik

Rav Zvi Hirsch Klischer

Rav Yaacov Yehuda Tennenboim

Rav Yehuda Aryeh Lev, Admor of Gur

Rav Aharon Halevi Epstein

Rav Mordechai Tversky of Kozmir

Rav Yaacov Yitzhak Halevi Horowitz

Rav Tzadok Hacohen Rabinowitz of Lublin

Rav Shlomo Zelman Lipschitz

Rav Zvi Hirsch Eichenstein of Ziditshov

Rav Shlomo Luria, HaMaharshal

Rav Natan Neta Shapira

Reb Elimelech from Lezhansk

1 Kislev

1 Kislev

1 Tamuz

2 Elul

3 Adar Bet

3 Iyar

3 Heshvan

3 Shvat

4 Iyar

5 Heshvan

5 Kislev

5 Shvat

7 Kislev

8 Tamuz

9 Av

9 Elul

11 Nisan

11 Tamuz

12 Kislev

13 Av

21 Adar

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened its doors to the public in April 2013. It currently functions as a cultural and educational center with a rich cultural program, including temporary exhibitions, films, debates, workshops, performances, concerts, lectures and much more. The Core Exhibition, presenting the thousand-year history of Polish Jews, has been opened on October 28, 2014.

Formally founded in 2005 by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the City of Warsaw and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Museum is an unique and unprecedented initiative, spanning many fields of research and drawing on the expertise of scholars and museum professionals from around the world. We also work with the community at large to create a vibrant place of exchange and dialogue where all have the opportunity to express their views, ask questions and grow.

Occupying around 4 000 sq m (ca. 43 000 sq ft), the Museum’s Core Exhibition will immerse visitors in the world of Polish Jews, from their arrival in Po-lin as traveling merchants in medieval times until today. The exhibition was developed by an international team of more than 120 scholars, working under the direction of Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett from New York University. It is being produced by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland thanks to the support of donors from all over the world. Each of the eight galleries will present a different chapter of the story of Polish Jews, enabling visitors to come into intimate contact with those who lived that story through images, artifacts, first-person accounts and interactive multimedia.

The Museum stands in what was once the heart of Jewish Warsaw – an area which the Nazis turned into the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. This significant location, coupled with the Museum’s proximity to the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, demanded extreme thoughtfulness on the part of the building’s designers, who carefully crafted a structure that has become a symbol of the new face of Warsaw. The design by the Finnish studio Lahdelma & Mahlamäki was selected in an international competition. In 2008, with the building still under construction, it received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award (2008).

Poland-General Information

Poland is a European country bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and the Russian province Kaliningrad Oblast. The country has a temperate climate. Poland is a Republic governed by a Cabinet consisting of a Prime Minister and other government ministers. It has a population of 38.5 million. Its official language is Polish, which is spoken by 98% of the population. Poland is the sixth largest member of the EU with a GDP per capita of around US $21,100; its currency is the Zloty (PLN), with 1 PLN = .028 USD. Its primary religion is Roman Catholic. Electric voltage in Poland is 220-240 Volts.

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