The Jewish Community Centre of Krakow focuses on ensuring growth and cultural development of the Jewish community in Krakow. Through organising various events and activities, it brings together people of Jewish background as well as those simply interested in Jewish culture, religion and traditions. Regularly the JCC hosts exhibitions, festivals, film screenings, book promotions and lectures.
Jewish Community Centre
The Jewish Community Centre of Krakow was established in 2008. It was a private initiative of Charles, Prince of Wales, who was visiting Krakow in 2002 and the district of Kazimierz made a strong impression on him. Upon meeting with representatives of the Jewish community, the Prince decided to help fund a place for the community to come together. New premises for the JCC were built right next door to the Tempel Synagogue.
With its activities, The Jewish Community Centre of Krakow strives to meet the needs of the growing and diverse Jewish community of Krakow. The JCC organizes weekly Shabbat dinners, as well as hosts celebrations on other Jewish holidays. It also cooperates with other institutions from across the country, such as the Jewish Culture Festival or Galicia Jewish Museum.
A variety of clubs and permanent activities for the whole Jewish community take place daily at the JCC’s headquarters. They include Hebrew, Yiddish and English lessons, genealogical workshops, Israeli dance, yoga, and Krav Maga. The JCC also houses an open library that contains over 2000 books. All of this is pursued in order to create a friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome.