May 26-27th, 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
For the eighth year in a row, we invite you to the seven synagogues of Krakow. 2018 is the year of many important milestones: the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, the 10th anniversary of JCC Krakow, the 50th anniversary of March 1968, and 30 years of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow. Therefore, the main theme of this year's edition of 7@nite is Jewish revival. This program was created in partnership with the organizations and institutions that are vital to the restoration of Jewish life in the city. In addition to JCC Krakow and the Jewish Religious Community in Krakow, JDC Poland, the Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University, the Galicia Jewish Museum, Hillel Gimel Krakow, Chabad Lubawicz Krakow, the Austeria Publishing House, and the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw have all contributed to the program.
We will begin this year’s 7@nite at 9:45 p.m. at the JCC with a Havdalah ceremony. To mark the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Poland, the ceremony will be led by women activists of the Jewish community.
At 10:00 p.m., the seven synagogues of Krakow will open their doors for visitors. You’re in for a concert, a multimedia presentation, meetings, workshops, an exhibition, and guided tours.
Revival through music
For the past few decades, the Tempel Synagogue has served not only as a place of worship, but as a concert venue as well. On this special night, come enjoy a concert by the charismatic Israeli singer Shai Tsabari and his band (the keyboardist Hod Moshonov and the drummer Nir Manzur). Dive into the atmosphere of the best music clubs in Israel and get carried away by the rhythms of the Middle East!
On this magical night, for a few hours, we will bring the Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University from Józefa St. to the Kupa Synagogue. You will learn what it is like to study Jewish history and culture in Krakow, how and where you can learn Jewish languages, and what secrets lie in Kazimierz, the old Jewish Quarter. We will leaf through old books, spot mysterious animals on the synagogue’s vault, and feel the spirit of the pre-war Kazimierz. The Institute’s students, alumni, teachers, and employees will weave a fascinating story for you, for the night of the synagogues is, above all, the Night of Stories.
Organized by the Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University.
In the Remuh Synagogue, the past will meet the future. Within the walls steeped in history, members of the Hillel Gimel Jewish Student Club will give a presentation about the club’s activities. "Gimel" is the 3rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Young Jews are often called “the third generation," and thus this sign has been chosen to represent Krakow’s Jewish student club. There are many other symbols in Jewish culture, some of which will be explained during this event.
Organized by Hillel Gimel Jewish Student Club.
An animated story of revival
"Revival" is an animated story that talks about discovering our roots, about finding who we are and what our history is. This is also a story about being present here and now. Story by Monika Elliott, animation by Paweł Weremiuk.
Organized by JDC Poland.
Adventures with lines and color
At this workshop at the Izaak Synagogue, you will create an etegami — a unique postcard for a special someone in your life. Etegami is a Japanese folk art form that pairs lines of black ink with simple watercolor drawings. The theme of the postcards will be “revival.” The workshop will be led by Teresa Cisłowska, one of the three Polish women who are members of the International ETAGAMI FUN CLUB, and Marzena Dudziuk-Koluch of Krakow’s Old Town Youth Culture Center.
From the past to the present (guided tours)
Over the past 25 years, Kazimierz has been going through a multifaceted revival. It has already changed beyond recognition and continues to change before our eyes every day. During these guided tours, we will talk about Jewish revival in Kazimierz, the cultural and social rebirth of the district.
The tours will start in front of the Old Synagogue:
8:00 p.m. — in Polish;
9:00 p.m. — in English;
10:30 p.m. — in Polish.
The number of spots is limited. Reservation is required, please sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organized by the Jewish Galicia Museum in partnership with Free Walkative! Tour.
Revival through literature and art
In the Jewish tradition, art and literature have always played a very important part. In the Wolf Popper Synagogue’s bookshop, you will peruse books written by the most important Jewish authors and enjoy an exhibition of works by the outstanding graphic artist and illustrator Artur Szyk.
JCC Krakow, 24 Miodowa St.
10:30 p.m — Cholent and challah — Traditional cuisine is essential to the life of a Jewish community! Come join us in the JCC Krakow’s front yard to sample authentic Jewish dishes — cholent and challah.
22:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. — "Jerusalem Day". Photo exhibition by Rick Blumsack — Every year, during Rosh Hashanah, the Jews say, "Next year in Jerusalem". This time, modern-day Jerusalem, as seen through the lens of the well-known American-Israeli photographer Rick Blumsack, has come to Krakow.
JCC WEST, 5 Izaaka St., Information point
Feeling lost in the labyrinthine streets of Kazimierz? Stop by the 7@nite information point at JCC West, the headquarters of Hillel Gimel Jewish Student Club, located on the corner of Kupa and Izaaka Streets. We will be happy to help!
Cheder, 36 Józefa St. (entrance on Jakuba St.)
10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. We’re open through the night and offer a special menu!
JCC Krakow — The Jewish Community Centre of Krakow was opened in 2008 as the result of an initiative by HRH The Prince of Wales. This year, the JCC celebrates its 10th anniversary - a decade of working towards rebuilding the Jewish life in Krakow. The Centre has something of a cult status in the city; it is full of life, energy, creativity, amazing people and innovative, sometimes crazy ideas. It’s a constantly developing, growing and dynamic space with a highly positive atmosphere that offers a variety of educational and cultural programs. From its Senior Club to the newly opened Jewish nursery and kindergarten "Frajda," the JCC caters to all generations. It is the hub and heart of the Jewish community in Krakow, an important site on the cultural map of the city.
The Jewish Religious Community in Krakow — The Community keeps traditions of the more than 700 year-old Jewish community of Krakow alive. It covers Southeastern Poland and is a part of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland. Currently, it has about a hundred members and supports the life of the Jewish community in Krakow and Southeastern Poland. The Community operates three active synagogues in Krakow (Remu, Tempel, and Kupa) and owns Old Synagogue, Izaak Synagogue, High Synagogue, Wolf Popper Synagogue, Deiches Synagogue, Mizrachi Synagogue, Chevra Thilim Synagogue, and a few other synagogues in Galicia.
Jewish Community Centre
The Jewish Religious Community in Krakow
JDC Poland — For a hundred years, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), commonly known as the Joint, has operated by the principle according to which the Jews are responsible not just for themselves, but for all Jews. Currently, the JDC works in over 70 different countries, where it partners with various organizations for the benefit of Jewish people, providing charitable contributions to Jewish communities and protecting the Jewish identity and culture. The JDC's activities cover not only Jewish communities: through charity programs, the organization helps mitigate crisis situations worldwide. Eight years ago, the 7@nite program was created by JDC Poland, and it has organized the event for seven years.
The Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University — The Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University is the oldest university department in Poland offering studies in the field of Judaism. Currently, it is located in the Kazimierz, once the epicenter of the city’s Jewish life. Its teaching staff consists of 13 scholars, and the number of students enrolled is about 130. During the 2018 7@nite, you will meet with representatives of the Institute’s Chair of Jewish History, Chair of Jewish Culture, and Scientific Association of Students.
Hillel Gimel Krakow — Hillel Gimel Krakow is a Jewish Student Club that was formed as a result of a merger between the previously existing "Gimel" group at JCC Krakow and the international Hillel organization that unites young people of Jewish descent in over 600 locations worldwide. Hillel Gimel focuses on Jewish culture, building the Jewish identity, education and fun.
The Galicia Jewish Museum — The Galicia Jewish Museum was established to commemorate the memory of Holocaust victims and to show Jewish history and culture from a new perspective. The museum is located in Kazimierz, in the heart of the city’s former Jewish Quarter. It is a non-profit institution that sees its goal in challenging traditional stereotypes about Poland’s Jewish past and helping both Poles and Jews better understand their own history.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
The Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University
Hillel Gimel Krakow
The Galicia Jewish Museum
Austeria Publishing House
Embassy of Israel in Poland
Historical Museum of the City of Krakow
Chabad Lubavitch Krakow
Jewish Community Centre, Miodowa 24 St., 31-055 Kraków
Phone: +48 12 370 5770