Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw

Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw

Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw- what is there to see?

Revival of the Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw can be observed since the beginning of the transformation in 1989. After the painful events of World War II and the years of negligence during the communism time, finally the Jewish communities are again becoming a part of city life.

White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw

The White Stork Synagogue

The beating heart of the Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw is around the White Stork Synagogue, on Włodkowica street. Synagogue is situated in the city center, in the Quarter of Four Temples. It is the place of religious worship and cultural events. Thanks to the efforts of Jewish Community and Foundation Bente Kahan synagogue was rebuilt after the years of neglect and destruction. The effects of that process can be seen in the film below.

In 2005 the Center of Jewish Culture and Education was established. First of all it significantly impacted the cultural life of the community and the city as well. There are a lot of cultural  events, concerts, workshops open to general public. Simcha- Festival of the Jewish Culture is one of the most important events organised by the community. Synagogue welcomes visitors and tours are free of charge, in addition it also offers guided tours of old Jewish Wroclaw

Senior Club and Jewish Primary School are among the institution working for the community.  For those interested in the Jewish cuisine, there is CIŻ Cafe nearby, where you can try amazing coffee and especially tasty kosher food. There is also a Kosher Canteen, serving traditional Polish and Jewish kosher food.  Between 12 and 13.30  Monday to Friday there is a possibility to eat two course meal for around 15 PLN.

  • ul. Włodkowica 7
  • www.wroclaw.jewish.org.pl
  • Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 10-17; Fri: 10 – 16; Sat: closed; Sun: 11 -16
  • Tickets: Free admission

Jewish Cemeteries

There are two Jewish cemeteries in Wroclaw, the Old and the New one.

Old Jewish Cemetery (Museum of Cemetery Art) on Ślężna Street, is the part of the City Museum Of Wroclaw. Place is yet the only graveside from the turn of the 19th and 20th century, preserved in Wroclaw.  Cemetery is also a beautiful testament of the strength of the pre- war Wroclaw’s (Breslau) Jewish community. The place is a unique and original composition of the grave sculptures and small architecture, influenced by the middle ages, art nouveau, modernism and religious symbols. There are 12 thousand tombstones located in the museum, some of the famous people. Most noteworthy names are Ferdinand Lassalle, Ferdinand Cohn, wife of Fritz Haber or parents of Edith Stein. The cemetery is a beautiful place for a walk, especially thanks to the greenery surrounding the tombstones.

  • ul. Ślężna 37/39
  • Opening hours: Mon- Sun: 10-18;
  • Tickets: 7- 20 PLN

The New Cemetery is on Lotnicza street and the Jewish Community in Wroclaw takes care about it. Established in 1902 to fulfill the needs of the growing community, the place is not so new as the name would suggest. Paul Erlich, a rather famous architect from Breslau, designed the cemetery.  Most of the cemetery undergoes the restoration at the moment, as large parts of it are a safety hazard. Therefore the state of the cemetery today is a chilling reminder of what the Jewish community had once been before the time of persecution by Nazi and then years of neglect in PRL.  Nevertheless the visitors can still enjoy the beauty of this place.

  • ul. Lotnicza 52
  • Opening hours: Wed: 14 – 17; Sun: 9 – 13;
  • Tickets: 8 PLN

To conclude…

Although small in numbers, Jewish community plays significant role in the city spectrum. Getting to know history and culture of Jewish community, makes it consequently easier to learn and understand the city’s history and culture. So enjoy!

 

National Forum of Music in Wroclaw – good quality of music

The National Forum of Music is a music venue with good quality of music.

National Forum of Music offers wonderful time for all music lovers. The main hall is very beautiful and has fantastic accoustics. There are couple of small halls as well. Whole building looks great: a modern, comfortable and beautiful music hall.   Location is great – easy walk from historic centre.

Presently, the National Forum of Music organizes the following national and international festivals and events:
  • Wratislawia Cantans International Festival of Music,
  • Jazztopad,
  • Musica Polonica Nova,
  • Musica Electronica Nova,
  • Forum Musicum,
  • Leo Festival,
  • NFM New Year Festival,
  • Early Music Festival.

Wratislavia Cantans, also referred to as the International Festival of Oratorio and Cantata Music, is held every September in Wrocław.  In 1978 Wratislavia Cantans was put on the list by the European Association of Music Festivals in Geneva, and thus officially earned the status of an international festival, although in fact, the Festival had hosted foreign artists since its very beginning.

The NFM also organized a lot of interesting concerts with artists like a Patricia Kaas is a French singer and actress; American jazz musician Charles Lloyd or Herbie Hancock. Herbie Hancock  is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor.

NFM also organizes a wide range of educational projects for children such as Choir Academy, Singing Europe, Family Philharmonic, Philharmonic for Youngsters.

Tickets for the concerts of National Forum of Music are sold in the box office open Monday through Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (break 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm).

Starting at 60 minutes before the concert and at the concert venue, the box office sells only tickets to this particular concert.

The sales of entrance tickets begins after all numbered seats have been sold.

Internet sales:
https://bilety.nfm.wroclaw.pl/

Make sure you find something to see and hear here.

So if you are a music lover just book tickets in advance and visit this fantastic place!

Best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw

best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw

Trying to find the best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw?

It might be a difficult task. The city – Capital of Culture 2016 – is well known for its cultural offers. From museums, concerts, galleries to film festivals – there is plenty to choose from. So much that sometimes you can get lost. Below is my subjective guide to make it a bit easier to choose from.

 

Wroclaw Contemporary Museum

MWW – Wroclaw Contemporary Museum

Museum promotes and popularize local and progressive contemporary art. It is also a place where regular debates, lectures and conferences take place.  MWW focuses on education and social programs targeted at the residents of Wrocław. MWW is located in an air-raid shelter built for civilians in 1942. There is free admission on Thursday and also all permanent exhibitions are free of charge.

MWW

  • pl. Strzegomski 2A
  • www.muzeumwspolczesne.pl
  • Opening hours: Mon: 10 – 18; Tue: closed; Wed – Sun: 12 – 20
  • Tickets: 5 and 10 PLN; Family ticket 15 PLN
History Center Zajezdnia

History Centre Zajezdnia

Zajezdnia is another best place to visit in Wroclaw. Museum is located in the old tram depot, that played a significant role in Solidarity movement strikes in the 80.  It houses the exhibition that is devoted to postwar history of Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. Especially the use of modern technologies, multimedia presentation, attractive and engaging content makes Zajezdnia another must see place in the city.

Centrum Historii Zajezdnia

  • ul. Grabiszyńska 184
  • www.zajezdnia.org
  • Opening hours: Mon: closed; Tues -Thurs: 9 -17; Fri – Sun: 10 – 18
  • Tickets: 5 and 10 PLN; Family ticket: 25 PLN
White Stork Synanogogue

White Stork Synagogue

Synagogue has been built in the same place as the old tavern called “Under the White Stork” and takes its name from it. The place is now the center for the Jewish Community in Wroclaw. There are a lot of cultural  events, concerts, workshops open to general public. Synagogue is open to visitors and tours are free of charge, in addition it also offers guided tours of old Jewish Wroclaw as well as possibility to try kosher food in the nearby Cafe Ciż.

Synagoga pod Białym Bocianem

  • ul. Włodkowica 7
  • www.wroclaw.jewish.org.pl
  • Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 10-17; Fri: 10 – 16;Sat: closed; Sun: 11 -16
  • Tickets: Free admission
BWA Awangarda Gallery

BWA Awangarda Gallery

The gallery presents contemporary art, but also deals with publishing, educational and promotional activities. Most of all its exhibitions are often a commentary to the current political and social events. Gallery is located less than couple of minutes walk from the market square, in the old Hatzfeld’s Palace, which remains were preserved after WW2 as the “living ruin”. In addition to free admission on every Wednesdays gallery offers free tours at 5pm on Wednesday and any other day for group bigger than 6pax.

BWA Galeria Awanagarda

  • ul. Wita Stwosza 32
  • www.bwa.wroc.pl
  • Opening hours: Tues, Thurs – Sun: 11 – 18; Wed: 12 – 20
  • Tickets: 4 and 8 PLN, Wednesday Free
New Horizons Cinema

New Horizons Cinema

First of all it is the biggest cinema in Poland that presents artistic films. Furthermore is the host for the biggest film festival in Poland: T- Mobile New Horizons. Apart from focusing on presenting artistic films,New Horizons offers film educational projects, opera transmissions, cinematic reviews and festivals, exhibitions and finally special events like joga or family morning cinema.  Furthermore the place also has a cafe, bistro and bookshop. As a result it is a one of the best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw.

Nowe Horyzonty

  • ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 19A- 21
  • www.kinonh.pl
  • Opening hours: 8 – 23
  • Tickets: between 10 – 27 PLN

Wroclaw’s culture is so rich and diverse mainly due to its complicated history. And while it’s easy to just stay around the strict city center, there is so much more to encounter if you just try to use another route. Hopefully my recommendations will help you choose and as a result you will have a fantastic time. So enjoy the best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw.

 

 

3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

3 best cultural places in wroclaw

Make sure you find something to see and hear here. So if you are a music and art lover and plan to come to Wroclaw, book tickets in advance and visit this fantastic places! This is my list of 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw.

Location is great – easy walk from historic centre and pedestrianised so strolling up to it is fine.

National Music Forum. First in 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

NMF is one one of the most modern  concert halls in Europe.  It has six floors and three underground levels.

There are a recording studio, conference rooms, a library, rehearsal rooms, cafes and bookstores. The building is distinguished by thin horizontal lines of glass windows. In 4 concert halls can accommodate more than 2500 people.

NMF held 9 international festivals: Musica Polonica Nova,  Jazztopad, Wratislavia Cantans etc.

plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław

http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/

 

Wroclaw Opera.  Second in 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

Nowdays the Wroclaw Opera House is considered one of the best in Poland. Every year it becomes a venue for the Polish Opera Festival.

Going to the opera is a highlight in Poland so you can see it in the dresses and the suits of the visitors.

Świdnicka 35, 50-066 Wrocław

http://www.opera.wroclaw.pl/1/

National Museum.  Third in 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

The National Museum in Wroclaw is one of the largest museums in Wrocław. The museum is not far from the city centre, and can be easily reached on foot. By the way, when you book your entrance to the Panorama, the same ticket entitles you to visit a couple of other museums, one of which is this one.

The permanent exposition is located on several floors and divided into various historical epochs. First is the “Silesian Art of the 12th to the 16th Century” showing the most valuable works of Gothic art.

Second part is “Silesian art from the 16th to the 19th century”: sculpture, painting from the Renaissance to romanticism. Third is “Polish Art of the 17th-19th Centuries”:  portraits, a collection of glass and porcelain. And, finally, “Polish contemporary art from the beginning of the 20th century”, so can see the works of Tadeusz Makovsky, Stanislav Vitkevich, Vladislav Strzeminsky, Jozef Shine and many others.

national_museum_wroclaw

plac Powstańców Warszawy 5, 50-153 Wrocław

http://www.en.mnwr.art.pl/