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    Posted May 30, 2014 by
    Krakow, Poland
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The best things about Poland

    JCC Krakow

    Of all the changes in Poland over the last 25 years perhaps nothing is as dramatic as its shift in terms of its Jewish minority. Poland has become a welcoming, wonderful place to be Jewish and stands as an important symbol of reconcilliation and rebirth after the Holocaust. The Jewish Community Centre in Krakow is at the forefront of that change.

    "We cannot change the number of Jews murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. We can however affect the number of Jews lost to the Jewish World due to the Holocaust. And that, in essence, is our mission at JCC Krakow.” — Jonathan Ornstein, JCC Krakow Executive Director.

    JCC Krakow is an internationally known institution which main goal is to build a Jewish future in a place which for a lot of people is associated only with a dark past. From the very beginning, the JCC has worked to create a space for the local Jewish community in Krakow and provide cultural, educational and religious activities, making Jewish life and culture accessible for everyone.

    The II World War and the communism were a time when many people hid their Jewish identity. Only now, young people are discovering their roots and JCC Krakow is creating for them a way to come back to the Jewish world.

    JCC Krakow is also a place for Poles to learn about Jewish culture and tradition during Hebrew and Yiddish classes, cooking workshops and lectures. Volunteering program gathers about 50 non-Jewish volunteers who dedicate their time to build a future for the Jewish community in Krakow

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