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!

 

Wroclaw for expats – inspirations and lifestyle

Wroclaw for expats

Wroclaw for expats is very interesting city with a lot of opportunities.  Each of us is the creator of our life and Wrocław is a great place to start

Hi! My name is Ivanna, I am 21 and I want to tell you where I have found my inspiration. As everyone has understood from the title of my blog, I live in Wroclaw. I want to tell you about Wroclaw for expats – the best place I ever found abroad.

  • Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland.
  • The population of the city is more than 600.000 .

There are a lot of foreigners and students from all over the world. It is a university city with many well-known universities such as the University of Wroclaw, the Wroclaw University of Technology and other famous institutions, all of which enjoy an enviable reputation in Poland and abroad.

This is my 5th year here. And you know, I am not bored at all. Wroclaw has a great history. The history of the city dates back a thousand years, and combines almost all religions and cultures of Europe. At various times, it has been part of:

  • Poland,
  • Bohemia,
  • Prussia,
  • Germany.

It became part of Poland in 1945 as a result of the border changes after the Second World War. The city is new and old at the same time. This place is an alive history, which u can touch and feel.

Wroclaw for expats – just try!

The next question, which has already existed in your mind is :”What she’s doing in this city?”. I came here when I was 17 to get higher education. So I am a student, and i am from Ukraine. The first problem which all expats met abroad is language barier. For me it also was a problem to speak polish, but Wrocław for expats is an friendly city where many people speak different languages and are very helpful. So during 1 year in Wrocław I have learned polish. More information about how to learn polish for expats I am going to tell you in my next text.

In 2016 i have graduated Wroclaw School of Banking(WSB) and got B.A. of political science. And these student years run as fast as a mouse from a hungry cat. So in 2017 I have entered the University of Lower Silesia (DSW) to become M.A. and to enjoy my student life next 2 years. Now mouse is far from cat, at least for 2 years. I like to be a student, to meet new people, to learn something new. And I like to be a student in Wroclaw. Why? Because Wroclaw for expats is best. When i have got my bachelor degree i was feeling lost. I didn’t know what to do in my life. I even was thinking about moving from Wroclaw. But this city hasn’t let me go. I am thankful for that. Wroclaw don’t allow me to feel depressed, because there are many opportunities, smart people, places to go. No depression only inspiration.

My plans as a foreigner

I am in love with Wrocław. My plan in future is to live here. For the nearest future I want to have got my M.A. degree in the University of Lower Silesia and find good job in field of my specialization. Also as usual girl, I am planing to build family and have children, with my boyfriend, whom I met here. Wrocław for expats is the city of love, new people, dreams which becoming real here. I as a foreigner want to share with you my experience and show that every expat could be happy here.There everyone will find something useful and interesting, everyone will find here their own way of inspiration. Come to Wroclaw – be inspired!