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JCC Krakow events during the 24th Jewish Culture Festival

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29 Jun
2014

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JCC Krakow events during the 24th Jewish Culture Festival. 
The full program of events is available as a PDF download at the bottom of this page.

29 JUNE (SUNDAY)

12:00-24:00 JCC OpenAir with "Miejsce" Bar: Garden cafe in the unique space between the JCC and the Tempel Synagogue.

12:00-15:00 Gimel-mania: I’m Jewish. Can I wear a bikini? Does religion influence what we wear? Can a Jewish woman be trendy? (in Polish and in English) JCC WEST, Izaaka 5 Street

12:00 Jewish Life in Interwar Krakow: The organizations and activities of Krakow’s Zionists (in Polish).

12:00-16:00 Jozef and Rebekka Bau - An unusual love story. Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the wedding from Schindler's List with Clila and Hadassah Bau, whose parents, Jozef and Rebekka Bau were married in the Plaszow Concentration Camp and immortalized by Steven Spielberg (in English)

13:30 Prelimud in the JCC: Sławomir Pastuszka, Unknown prayer houses in Krakow (in Polish).

13:30 Dr. Ewa Węgrzyn, From Bielawa to Kfar Kisch - the story of the “Gomulka Aliyah” (in Polish).
From 1956-1959 around 50,000 Jews left Poland and immigrated to Israel during what was known as the "Gomulka Aliyah". A lot of these individuals were from the Lower Silesia area where they were farmers. During her lecture, Dr. Ewa Wegrzyn (Department of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University) will tell the unique story of a small group of immigrants, who settled in Kfar Kisch, Israel, where memories of Poland continue to this day.

14:00 Pieces of memory. Meeting with seniors from Krakow’s Jewish community (in Polish).
15:00 Rabbi Avi Baumol, The Five Books of Avi, A Journey to The Promised Land – what’s so special about the Land of Israel? A virtual tour (in English with Polish translation).

16:00 Ani v'Ata. Concert and sing-along of Hebrew and Yiddish songs performed by the JCC Krakow choir.

17:00 Opening of the exhibition inspired by Jewish culture – "I would like to be a book”.
The contest "Inspired by Jewish Culture” is a part of a Polish national literary-art contest organized since 2004 by Czestochowa High School of Fine Arts. This year's edition is connected to the quote by Amos Oz “I would like to be a book” and therefore the main theme is a book and its cultural, symbolic role as a base of Judeo-Christian culture; intellectual and spiritual human achievement, and also an object of a cult in the religious and non-religious sense.

17:00 Eat! Dance! Sing! A series of workshops led by members of JCC Krakow. Israeli dance led by Awa Cybulska. Cost: 15 PLN. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70

17:30 Jakub Czupryński, How to Search for Jewish Roots? Genealogy workshop. More than half the world’s Jews have their roots in prewar Poland. During the lecture you will find out if it’s difficult to discover them and you will learn practical methods in searching for them (in Polish).

20:30 Concert by Kerach Tesha (“Ice-nine”). Galicia Jewish Museum, Dajwor 18 Street
Kerach Tesha ("Ice-nine") was an Israeli pop/rock band active between 1993-2000 and was one of the most acclaimed bands of its time. Its popularity resulted from new British sounds (influences of Britpop), making it a pioneering band that introduced this aesthetic to the Israeli music scene. Because of this, it gained acclaim from many radio stations and listeners.
Members of Kerach Tesha, after it disbanded, continued their careers individually. The vocalist, Noam Rotem, recorded a few albums and became one of the most acclaimed Israeli artists. In 2009, Rotem recorded a cover of Jacek Kaczmarski's "Nasza klasa".
The band members have also included other Polish accents in their work. In 2005, three of the band's members recorded a special album titled Abramek which was a compilation of songs based on the poems of Abramek Kopłowicz, a child from the Lodz ghetto who was murdered in Auschwitz. Abramek's diary, which included poems in Polish, was found after the war.
The band reunited in 2013 and recorded two new songs that were instant hits in Israel. The Kerach Tesha concert will include songs from both of the band's albums as well as pieces of the album Abramek and the works of vocalist Noam Rotem.

Event organized by JCC Krakow and Galicia Jewish Museum. Tickets are available at the Galicia Jewish Museum. Price: 35 PLN and 30 PLN


30 JUNE (MONDAY)

12:00-24:00 JCC OpenAir with "Miejsce" Bar: Garden cafe in the unique space between the JCC and the Tempel Synagogue.

12:00-15:00 Gimel-mania: I don’t have a beard, can I be an Orthodox Jew? Discussion about different denominations of Judaism (in Polish and in English).

12:00 Jewish Life in Interwar Krakow: Jewish schools and the education system in interwar Krakow (in Polish).

13:00 Anita Panek, Brazilian Embroidery Workshop. Free entry. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70. Please note: this is a 3-day workshop and it is not possible to sign up for a single class.

13:00 Tour with Jewish Student Club “Gimel”: Kosher Kazimierz (in English). Starting point: JCC Krakow, Miodowa 24 Street

13:30 Joanna Spyra, Israelis in Berlin. The lecture is about a new wave of young Israeli immigrants to Berlin and contemporary Jewish life in the city (in Polish).

14:30 Justin Kadis, Jewish Cuba & China. Justin, our JDC fellow who has been here nearly a year has traveled to exotic destinations and witnessed the work of the JDC firsthand. Join him as he recounts his visits to Jewish Havana, Cuba and Shanghai, China (in English).

15:00 Rabbi Avi Baumol, The Five Books of Avi. Shmot – from seventy Jews going down to Egypt to numbers like the stars in the sky… Who's who in the Torah. (in English with Polish translation).

15:00 Prelimud in the JCC: Patryk Pufelski, Chavruta – A workshop studying traditional Jewish texts in unconventional ways (in Polish).

17:00 Eat! Dance! Sing! A series of workshops led by members of JCC Krakow. Israeli dance led by Awa Cybulska. Cost: 15 PLN. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70

17:30 Jakub Czupryński, How to Search for Jewish Roots? Genealogy workshop. More than half the world’s Jews have their roots in prewar Poland. During the lecture you will find out if it’s difficult to discover them and you will learn practical methods in searching for them (in English).

18:30
Lucky Jews: Jewish figurines and other difficult topics in Polish museums (and beyond).
On the heels of the Festival's 2013 exhibition of Polish-Jewish figurines "Souvenir, Talisman, Toy," join us for the launch of the resulting album "Na szczęście – to Żyd"/"Lucky Jews" and a screening of the film "Żyd na Szczęście" (27 minutes), followed by a discussion with exhibition curator and book editor Erica Lehrer, filmmaker Paulina Fiejdasz, and museum activist and doctoral student Aleksandra Janus. The discussion will be moderated by cultural critic Roma Sendyka (in English).

20:00 Opening of the exhibition JCC Decades. The photography exhibition "JCC Decades" is a collection of photos of JCC Krakow members. The photos depict the Jewish community in different moments of the 20th century composed from family albums. The showcased photos will come from the second half of the 20th century. This was a time of intense lifestyle and cultural changes. These changes in the background, members of the Jewish community led a completely typical life - they grew up, fell in love, found jobs, got degrees, travelled, had fun, played sports, and more! "JCC Decades" shows a changing, in the course of many years, Jewish community in Poland. We are presenting materials that are not deprived of Jewish accents. Part of the exhibition includes a family tree to illustrate the families of our members.


1 JULY (TUESDAY)

12:00-24:00 JCC OpenAir with "Miejsce" Bar: Garden cafe in the unique space between the JCC and the Tempel Synagogue

12:00-15:00 Gimel-mania: Can I be a good Jew if I’m gay? How to reconcile sexuality with the oldest monotheistic religion? (in Polish and in English). JCC WEST, Izaaka 5 Street.

12:00
Miriam & Giora Romm. A Jewish tale of discovery and heroism on earth and in the heavens (in English).
Miriam Romm was born in Slovakia to Polish parents in 1944, and immigrated to Israel in 1948. She graduated with a degree in Engineering from The Technion in Haifa, followed by a Marketing Management Diploma from Tel Aviv University and a B.A. with honors in French & English Linguistics & Literature from Ben Gurion University. Since 1996, Miriam has been engaged in genealogical research, culminating in a narrative non-fiction Hebrew book Notzat Yaen (2007) – an acclaimed novel, translated to English as Ostrich Feathers (2009) and to Polish as Strusie Pióra (2014). Major General Giora Romm was born in 1945 in Israel. His parents left Poland in 1925. He served in the Israeli Air Force for 33 years. He took the position of CEO of the Jewish Agency from 2001-2004. In September 2008, Gen. Romm was appointed as the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority in Israel. In 2008 Gen. Romm published his book, Tulip Four. The book describes his time as a prisoner of war in Egypt in 1969, his recovery, and ascension to becoming a squadron leader during the Yom Kippur war in October 1973.

13:00 Anita Panek, Brazilian Embroidery Workshop. Free entry. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70. Please note: this is a 3-day workshop and it is not possible to sign up for a single class.

13:00 Justin Kadis, Eat Kazimierz with Justin! Perhaps you have a hankering for pierogi, borscht, or kopytka (what’s that?! - think Polish gnocchi). Trained in the food mecca of NYC, join Justin Kadis as he guides you on a walking tour through the culinary delights of Kazimierz. Cost: 35 PLN. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70. Starting point: JCC Krakow, Miodowa 24 Street (in English).

14:00 Jewish Life in Interwar Krakow: Charity among Krakow’s Jews (in Polish).

15:00
Rabbi Avi Baumol, The Five Book of Avi. Vayikra – Holiness: what is it? How do we reach it? (in English with Polish translation).

15:00
Ellie Shapiro, History of Jewish Music in Poland. From the first mention in 1203 to the present, Jewish music has been a vital part of the Polish soundscape. This survey focuses on liturgical, folk and popular genres, including chazzanut (cantorial music), klezmer and cabaret (in English).

16:30 Prelimud in the JCC: Olga Danek, Donald Duck also fought with the Nazis. Propaganda during the Second World War (in Polish).

17:00 Individual genealogy consultation with Jakub Czupryński (in Polish and English). Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70.

18:00 Eat! Dance! Sing! A series of workshops led by members of JCC Krakow. Culinary workshop led by Maria Niziołek. Cost: 20 PLN. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70.

18:00 I’m Jewish and… Panel discussion with representatives of Jewish community of Krakow (in Polish with English translation).
I’m Jewish… but what does it mean? The Polish Jewish community is pluralistic. In majority, Polish Jews are secular and assimilated but most find their own way to cultivate Jewish tradition anyways. So who are Poland’s Jews and can we define them?

19:00
Bat Sheva Marcus, What is a Feminist doing in an Jewish Orthodox World? (in English)
People often feel that feminism, a belief in the essential equality and worth of women cannot exist within the sphere of Orthodox Judaism with its fundamental belief in separate gender roles. However, many women within the Orthodox community, have felt the need to challenge the current norms and develop a new path for women. Those of us who have taken up the challenge are attempting to create a new paradigm within the Jewish Orthodox world which allows women fuller and more satisfying roles in the community while respecting the laws and customs which have defined the Orthodox community.
Bat Sheva Marcus, LMSW, MPH, Ph.D., is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Center for Female Sexuality with offices in Westchester County and New York City and also currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of MAZE Laboratories. In the past she has served as Executive Director of the Union for Traditional Judaism and Director of the New York Metropolitan Campaign at UJA-Federation of New York. A founding member and VP of JOFA, The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.


2 JULY (WEDNESDAY)


12:00-24:00 JCC OpenAir with "Miejsce" Bar: Garden cafe in the unique space between the JCC and the Tempel Synagogue.

12:00-15:00 Gimel-mania: Kosher sex. Discussion about what the Torah says about sex and how it looks in contemporary life (in Polish and in English). JCC WEST, Izaaka 5 Street.

12:00 Jonathan Ornstein, The answer isn't Auschwitz. Why is Krakow the most important story in the Jewish World today? (in English).

13:00 Anita Panek, Brazilian Embroidery Workshop. Arraiolos technique. Free entry. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70. Please note: this is a 3-day workshop and it is not possible to sign up for a single class.

13:00 Tour with Jewish Student Club “Gimel”: Tales and legends by Gimel (in Polish). Starting point: JCC Krakow, Miodowa 24 Street

14:00 Jewish Life in Interwar Krakow: Jewish bookshops and libraries in interwar Krakow (in Polish).

15:00 Rabbi Avi Baumol, The Five Book of Avi. Bamidbar – When things go wrong… How do Jews deal with sin? Why do Jews complain so much? What is more important in Judaism, actions or reactions? (in English with Polish translation).

15:30 "Shimon's Returns" directed by Slawomir Grünberg and Katka Reszke (54 minutes).
The documentary shot in Poland, Ukraine and Israel tells the story of Shimon Redlich, a Holocaust survivor who returns to places from his childhood as well as different hiding places in his struggle to survive. A collector of memories and a seeker of good will, Shimon takes us on a journey through Poland and Ukraine, uncovering the brighter sides of dark times.

18:00 Eat! Dance! Sing! A series of workshops led by members of JCC Krakow. Culinary workshop led by Maria Niziołek. Cost: 20 PLN. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70.

17:00 Ellie Shapiro, Polish Interwar Cabaret. Jews figured prominently in the popular music industry in Poland between the wars - as performers, composers, conductors, lyricists, and presenters, as well as record and film producers. Discover this fascinating world of Polish-Jewish collaboration that flourished despite rising pre-war anti-Semitism (in English).

18:30 Prelimud in the JCC: Katarzyna Cielecka, Do I have to climb Mount Sinai if I want to be Jewish? About conversion in Judaism (in Polish).


3 JULY (THURSDAY)


12:00-24:00 JCC OpenAir with "Miejsce" Bar: Garden cafe in the unique space between the JCC and the Tempel Synagogue.

12:00-15:00 Gimel-mania: Shabbat in the era of Facebook. Shabbat rules – what does it really mean to “celebrate Shabbat”? (in Polish and in English). JCC WEST, Izaaka 5 Street.

12:00 Jewish Life in Interwar Krakow: Sport activities and sport clubs of Krakow’s Jews (in Polish).

12:30 Meshugoyim – meet non-Jewish volunteers of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow and learn about why they are helping to rebuild Jewish Poland (in English).

13:00
Jewish year in one day. Interactive city game organized by Jewish Student Club “Gimel” (in Polish. Starting point: JCC Krakow, Miodowa 24 Street.

14:00 Solidarity According to Women. Book launch and film premiere.
Join author Shana Penn (USA) and filmmaker Marta Dzido (Poland) in presenting a new edition of the award-winning “Sekret Solidarności” and the Krakow film premiere of "Solidarność według kobiet". We will have a special viewing of Marta Dzido’s new documentary “Solidarność według kobiet," after which Dzido and Shana Penn, who appears in the film, will be in conversation with eFKa director Sławomira Walczewska and “New Eastern Europe” editor Iwona Reichardt, to discuss women’s activism in Solidarity. The respective portrayals, by Penn and Dzido, of women’s experiences and recollections shed insight on the underlying gender dynamics that shaped the opposition, calling into question the character of democratic norms in the 1980s and how these accepted norms impacted post-1989 Polish society. Penn, an American, and Dzido, of a younger generation, conducted their projects in very different time periods, which influenced their research experiences and analyses in fascinating ways, all to be discussed in this session (in English).

15:00
Rabbi Avi Baumol, The Five Books of Avi. Devarim – Transmitting tradition: From them to them to us… (in English with Polish translation).

16:00 Prelimud in the JCC: Marcjanna Kubala, Toledo, Spain – Jerusalem of the West (in Polish).

17:00 Eat! Dance! Sing! Series of workshops led by members of JCC Krakow. Sing-along with the JCC choir! Hebrew and Yiddish songs. Led by Michał Szostało. Cost: 15 PLN. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70.

17:00 Individual genealogy consultation with Jakub Czupryński (in Polish and English). Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70.

18:00 Prelimud in the JCC: Sara Cheredis, Pop - Jew TV (in Polish).

20:00 Recital of Jewish songs by Naomi Miller.
Naomi sings in many different languages. But given that her first language was Yiddish, it is also her first love.
Naomi's music has perpetuated a language that was almost lost in the Holocaust and has inspired new songs that touch our hearts and our minds. As one reviewer put it, she touches "every good Jewish feeling we've ever had."
Limited space, reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70


4 JULY (FRIDAY)

12:00 Mike vs. Tyson. Discussion between Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich and Chief Rabbi of Wroclaw, Tyson Herberger (in English).

14:30
I’m not Jewish, but my grandmother is… Panel discussion about the complexity of identity of Polish Jews with Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich and representatives of Krakow’s Jewish youth (in Polish with English translation).

16:00 Anita Panek, Bread and wine – science and art. Throughout her academic career, Anita Panek has used yeast as a model of a cell closest to human body cells. She thinks that bread and wine are masterpieces made by yeasts. With examples of bread, beer, wine, and vodka we will discuss history, biochemistry, and art (in Polish).

16:30 Michael Schudrich, Jonathan Ornstein and Edyta Gawron, Jewish Poland, the next 25 years: A conversation about the challenges ahead (in English).

17:00 Eat! Dance! Sing! A series of workshops led by members of JCC Krakow. Sing-along with the JCC choir! Shabbat songs led by Michał Szostało. Cost: 15 PLN. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70.

17:00 Individual genealogy consultation with Jakub Czupryński (in Polish and English). Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70.

21:00 JCC Krakow Shabbat Dinner. Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich invites you to a festive, kosher dinner to benefit the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow. Spend Shabbat with Rabbi Avi Baumol, Jewish Culture Festival Director, Janusz Makuch, Festival performers, and Krakow's Jewish community. Tickets 50 USD. Information and reservation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

5 JULY (SATURDAY)


13:00 Tour with Jewish Student Club “Gimel”: Jewish education in Kazimierz (in Polish). Starting point: JCC Krakow, Miodowa 24 Street.

13:30 Anti-Semitism. Unfinished story of Bożena Keff. A primer on anti-semitism for all. Discussion and meeting with the author. Led by Sławomira Walczewska (in Polish).

14:00 Prelimud in the JCC: Olga Lewińska, Is alcohol kosher? (in Polish).

15:30 The Third Annual Latkes vs. Hamantashen Debate. Participants: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Irene Pletka. Led by Jeffrey Yosskowitz. For millennia the Jewish people have struggled with eternal, weighty questions. Perhaps the most important and vexing: "What is the more perfect Jewish food, the potato Latke pancake or the triangular Hamantash pastry?" Since its inception at the University of Chicago, the Latke-Hamantash Debate has brought together learned scholars, esteemed thinkers, even Nobel laureates to clash in an absurdist battle of ideas, Talmudic philosophy, modern interpretations and comedy. Today the debate continues to thrive wherever our people dwell. This year at JCC Krakow, we take up its critical questions again. Bring your sense of humor and appetite! (in English)

16:30 Anita Panek (Brazil), Reflections on my Journey. Anita Panek left Krakow with her parents in August 1939 for a short holiday in France leaving all their family and belongings behind. She came back seventy years later with her grandson who wanted to follow in his great grandfather’s steps. Everything that happened in between is the story she is going to tell (in English).

23:00 JCC OpenAir with "Miejsce" Bar: Garden cafe in the unique space between the JCC and the Tempel Synagogue.


6 JULY (SUNDAY)

12:00-24:00 JCC OpenAir with "Miejsce" Bar: Garden cafe in the unique space between the JCC and the Tempel Synagogue

14:00 Pickling 101: Reviving Jewish Food Traditions by Jeffrey Yoskowitz (in English)
Pickling vegetables is at the heart of Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine, which is why a really delicious and crunchy sour pickle can conjure memories of the a local delicatessen or a pastrami sandwich.
Come learn how to make pickles using traditional methods and discover the history of vegetable fermentation, the importance of food preservation and its place in Jewish cuisine. Do-it-yourself pickling connects us to the seasons and Jewish culinary culture. You will leave with a jar of soon-to-be pickled vegetables.
Jeffrey Yoskowitz is the co-founder and chief pickler of The Gefilteria, the Brooklyn-based artisanal Jewish food company. He is also the pickler-in-residence at Peck’s Specialty Foods in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. In 2014 he was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list in Food and Wine and last year he was named by the Forward Newspaper to its list of 50 influential people in the Jewish world.
Yoskowitz also works as a writer, covering food and culture in major magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Forward and beyond. He gives talks and demos around the world.
Free entry. Reservations required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 12 370 57 70.

16:00 Righteous among the Nations in Polish memory – are they a monument or real people? Panel discussion organized by Znak Publishing House. Participants: Stanisław Krajewski, Dariusz Libionka and Joanna Król. Led by Marta Duch-Dyngosz (in Polish).