The Past, Present, and Future of Jewish Life in Poland
Once called the “Polish Jerusalem,” for over seven hundred years Kraków boasted a vibrant Jewish community that produced such world famous rabbis as the Ramah (Moses Isserles), Bach (Joel Sirkes), Abraham Joshua Heshel, and Megale Amukot (Natan Nata Spira); such famous artists as Mordechai Gebirtig, Jonas Turkow, Maurycy Gottlieb, Michal Weichert, Miriam Akavia, Natan Gross; and the queen of cosmetics, Helena Rubinstein. Seventy years after the Holocaust, Kraków is now undergoing an unprecedented revival of Jewish life. This four-lecture series will address the following questions: What was the Jewish Kraków then? What is going on there now? The Jewish revival without Jews? With Jews? What is in the future? Come and hear stories about the most fascinating place in Jewish Poland of today – Kraków!
Faculty: Agi Legutko