On Monday, November 23, a very special ceremony took place on the Jewish cemetery in Zelechow. Matzevot, installed by our Foundation last week on the graves of Tzaddik Ariele Kuznicer and Rabbi Aron Ha-Kohen, were unveiled during a ceremony in which a delegation of chassidic more»
Our Foundation takes seriously every act of vandalism to a site of Jewish heritage. All acts are reported to the local authorities as well as the OSCE which monitors worldwide hate crimes (of all kinds), compiles data, and each year publishes a comprehensive report. The 2014 Hate Crime more»
Works are underway on the Jewish cemetery in Parysow, where our Foundation in cooperation with the ESJF Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung und zum Schutz jüdischer Friedhöfe in Europa(European Initiative of Cleaning Up of the more»
Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland was partner of the meeting of Polish and Jewish students, which took place last Friday, November 5, 2015 in Przysucha. The meeting was a joint initiative of teachers from Poland and Israel. Students visited together the local more»
On October 30, 2015, another stage of renovation of the synagogue in Przysucha was completed. The works were concentrated on the northern wall of the ancient building and included the elevation cleanup as well as brickwork repairs and replacement.
Our Foundation's primary mission is to protect and commemorate the surviving sites and monuments of Jewish cultural heritage in Poland. We also place high value on education. We are therefore very excited to announce the 2015 re-launch of our “To Bring Memory Back” educational project. The purpose of the project is to engage Polish students of secondary schools and high schools to discover the pre-war multicultural heritage of their towns. The program envisions using available archival information and testimonies of elderly locals, plus other historical data and resources, to reconstruct the history of the pre-war Jewish community. The “To Bring Memory Back” program is being supported by the Polin Museum of History of Polish Jews and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.
The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ) announces a new "ADOPT-A JEWISH-CEMETERY" initiative to help save Jewish cemeteries in Poland.
We invite individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations who are interested in starting a commemoration project to partner with us. Projects can be as small as designing and mounting a memorial plaque to remind visitors and locals that a particular site is a Jewish cemetery (even if no headstones exist there today) or as large as erecting a fence, gate, or elaborate lapidarium-style memorial. Our goal is to engage new partners who have been wanting to do something here in Poland to physically commemorate a place, a family, or a community but who have not known where to turn for advice and help on the logistics, paperwork, and details. more»
Between September 7-10, 2015, Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Polish Association for Yiddish Studies, and International Center for Research on the History and Cultural Heritage of Jews from Central and Eastern Europe at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin invite you to participate in the academic conference “I. L. Peretz and His Circle.” more»
The 17th century large baroque synagogue of Leczna on Boznicza Street (known as the Great Synagogue) is a rare survivor of the pre-War Jewish community. During the War the building was seriously damaged and afterward suffered from neglect and active dismantling by the local community. Plans for demolition were discussed in the 1950s but fortunately withdrawn, and in the mid-1960s the building was reconstructed, with some modifications but largely preserving the synagogue's most significant architectural features, among them the central four-column brick bimah with ornamental renaissance-style cornices, and the two-columned brick Torah ark with decorative 17th century stucco details and ochre-colored Hebrew inscription "Know before whom you stand - before the King of the Kings; Holy, Blessed He".
Between November 18-20 2014 an international scientific conference “Jewish Press in Poland. Yesterday and Today”, took place in the Synagogue Center of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Zamosc. The conference was organized by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, The Polish-Jewish Literature Studies Center and the International Centre for Research on the History and Cultural Heritage of the Jews of Central and Eastern at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.more»
The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland started efforts aimed at revitalizing the 18th century synagogue in Przysucha (mazowieckie province).We want to restore the synagogue and turn it into a vibrant cultural center that will serve the needs of the visiting Jewish groups and the local community. more»
REVITALIZATION OF THE RENAISSANCE SYNAGOGUE IN ZAMOSC FOR THE NEEDS OF THE CHASSIDIC ROUTE AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
The Renaissance synagogue in the Zamosc Old City is one of the most spectacular monuments of Jewish heritage in Poland. The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland has been the owner of the building since 2005. Our goal is to transform the synagogue into a modern cultural institution that will serve both Jewish visitors to Zamosc and the local community. The opening of the "Synagoge" Center took place on April 5th, 2011. The President of the Republic of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski assumed honorary patronage over the ceremony.
Within the framework of the project an activity “Restoration of the synagogue complex in Krasnik - phase I (protective works from further decay)” was also implemented. The works in Krasnik (a town 90 km away from Zamosc) were conducted in 2010.
The “Revitalization of the Renaissance synagogue in Zamosc for the needs of the Chassidic Route and the local community” project is supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.more»
Within the frames of the Chassidic Route project, the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, in cooperation with the Municipal Council of Krasnik, is carrying out the project of revitalizing the synagogue complex in Krasnik, aiming to create there a cultural center for youths and tourists. It is to become the most important element of the Chassidic Route, along with the synagogue in Zamosc.
In 2010 in the synagogue complex in Krasnik the 1st phase of restoration works was completed. The activity "Restoration of the synagogue complex in Krasnik - phase I (protective works from further decay)" was implemented within the framework of the project "Revitalization of the Renaissance synagogue in Zamosc for the needs of the Chassidic Route and the local community" which received a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.more»
The Foundation is very proud of its project known as the Chassidic Route, covering a large area in southeast Poland known for its high pre-War Jewish populations (in some towns Jews represented >60% of the total population) and rich religious and architectural legacy. The project has already been joined by 28 local Polish communities.
A map of the Chassidic Route can be downloaded on this website and used by descendants, family historians, and others planning ancestral heritage tours (an important and growing phenomenon in Poland) or wishing to visit sites along the historic routes of Jewish pilgrimage. It is our hope that the Chassidic Route project, in addition to exposing visitors, tourists, scholars, and students to rare and beautiful architectural survivors of pre-War Jewish culture, but also serve as an incentive forJewish descendants to come to Poland to reconnect with their family towns and roots. more»
On November 6-8, 2013 an International Multidisciplinary Academic Research Conference ‘Jan Karski – Witness, Emissary, Man’ took place at the Zamość 'Synagogue' Center of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland. The conference was organized by the Foundation in partnership with the Polish-Jewish Literature Studies Center at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland and The Union of Jewish Communities in Poland. The conference was held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski.
Project is co-financed by the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the framework of the contest 'Cooperation in the field of public diplomacy 2013'.more»
The ‘Haverim – Friends. Polish-Jewish youth meetings’ derives directly from the ‘To Bring Memory Back’ educational program implemented by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland’ since 2005. more»
On June 19, 2009 Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland signed the agreement with the Headquarters of Polish Prison Services. It concerns cooperation and organizing cleaning works on the Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Thanks to this agreement Foundation became the partner in the Polish and Israeli Prison Services project "Tikkun – Restoration". more»
We cannot ignore any acts of anti-Semitism; consequently, we inform appropriate authorities about all the recognized anti-Semitic incidents (leaflets dissemination, public speeches, graffiti) or acts of vandalism directed against Jewish heritage monuments in Poland.
We invite all the interested to read the list of anti-Semitic incidents reported by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland to the Public Prosecutor’s Office or the Police between 2003-2013. more»