project:
by Rabbi Tanya Segal
and The Mojše Band
Extraordinary
contemporary
Jewish
progressive
galitzyaner
liturgy
created in KRAKOW, POLAND
department:
Polski Sąd Rabinacki
2017/5778 KRAKOW, POLAND
action needed!
Amazing
Ancient
Wall
Paintings
of Jerusalem

in stroboscope
light and
loud disco
music!
Aaron
HaKodesh
Turned
into
A DOOR
TO THE PUB!
2017 Meiselsa 18, KRAKOW, POLAND
Krakow
is
only
50km from
Aushwitz...

how can
this be
happening here?!

[Project] Galicia, Silesia and Spiš in the light of common Jewish heritage

Note: New Dates in Autumn 2021!
Uwaga: Nowe daty jesienią 2021!

Our foundation, the Center for Progressive and Reform Judaism foundation in Krakow with partners – Beit Silesia (Czech Republic) and the Mojše Band (Slovakia) is proud to present a unique cultural interchange program that aims to present and explain to the wider public Jewish history, culture, and art common for the regions of Galicia, Silesia and Spiš. The project is taking place thanks to the support of the Visegrad Fund (www.visegradfund.org).

PLEASE NOTE: All events are also available online, via Zoom and Facebook, register your spot today!

PROGRAM:

1. Jewish Spiš – culture that survived through music

10/10/2020 g. 18:30
Spišská Belá (Slovakia) & on-line

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The number of seats for in-person participation in the event is limited, please reserve seats at mojseband@gmail.com 

Music workshop, lectures and a unique live concert of Jewish music of Spiš that will take place online & in-person in Spišská Belá (Slovakia), a medieval city on the Bela (White) River, in the residence of the Jewish music researcher, composer, and cymbal virtuoso Michał Paľko. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn not only about the music of Spiš. Thanks to the participation of the invited guests from Slovakia and Poland, we will also hear about the history and the present day of Jewish life in the Moravian-Silesian region (presentation of mgr. Aharon Tesař, Krnov, Czech Republic) and learn a bit about the significance of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in a short lecture by Rabbi Tanya Segal (Krakow, Poland).

The workshop and lectures will be followed by a concert “Zipserim” by the famous Mojše Band – Jewish music of Spiš in modern arrangements, with live comments by the researcher and the composer.

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Language:  Slovak, Czech and Polish (with translation to Slovak/Czech).

Educational materials will be available on the project website after the meeting.

 

2. Jewish Krnov – open lecture in the time of Jewish New Year 

6/09/2021 at 6PM
Krnov (Czech Republic) & online

 

 

Open lecture about Jewish Krnov followed by a question-answer session with a rabbi, that will take place around Rosh Hashanah  – Jewish New Year.

Following the lecture participants will then have the unique opportunity to join the holiday evening prayers in the Synagogue in Krnov (reform service).

In case of questions, please let us know via email at office@tempel.pl

 

3. Jewish Opava – a one-day seminar

27/10/2021from 4PM

Klub Art

Beethovenova Street, Opava (Czech Republic) & online

If you have questions, please let us know via email at office@tempel.pl

A seminar about Jewish heritage of Opava (a city in Moravian-Silesia region in Czech, near Polish border). Jewish life of Opava through stories of famous Jewish families of Opava, who are buried in the Opava Jewish cemetery, which on its own is an exceptional historical monument.

The seminar will include a lecture by Opavian a historian and archivist Mgr. Zdenek Karavar, Ph. D. about Jewish life in Opava, a lecture with rabbi of the Jewish Community in Ostrava – Rabbi Tanya Segal, about Jewish burial customs and laws. In the evening, in the most famous club in Opava, a concert of Jewish music from the regions of Galicia, Silesia and Spiš by the Mojše Band.

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4. Project Presentation Evening – Jewish history of the region: Galicia, Silesia, Spiš

between 28/11-13/12/2021
Kraków (Poland)
& online 

The exact time and place will be announced soon. If you are interested in participating, please let us know via email at office@tempel.pl

 

 

A series of lectures about Jewish history of the Galicja, Silesia and Spiš – regions historically connected by a common spiritual and academic center – Kraków. The lectures will present the history and future of Jewish life in the regions.

 The project presentation evening will be a part of a series of fundraising events for a renovation of a historic synagogue in the center of Krakow – a project led by the Center for Progressive and Reform Judaism in Krakow.

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Our Motivation

The tragic Jewish History of the 20 century left in the Central Europe region similar signs – empty areas on the site of synagogues, forgotten Jewish buildings and cementers, small local Jewish communities dealing daily with a painful memory and challenging rebuilding process. With all the effort of repairing we still have these monuments of the common tragic past, particularly in the small towns. The common Identity brought us some years ago to start to visit each other, to study and to celebrate the Jewish holidays together. Each of the partners in this project has its own achievements in the process of the revitalization of the Jewish heritage in its region: Center for Progressive and Reform Judaism in Krakow has today dealing with the renovation of the unique architectonic synagogue complex in the city; Beit Silesia ( beitsilesia.cz, Opava and Krnov in Czech Republic) is the young Jewish community built itself through 20 years involvement of its leaders in the renovating process of the city synagogue before the community even existed; The Mojše Band (mojseband.sk, Spišská Belá, Slovakia) approached to the rebuilding of the cultural heritage of its town by the reconnection to the music of the region which naturally brought them to the historic cultural connection between all three regions: Spiš – Galicja – Silesia. The project seeks to increase the awareness of the common Jewish Identity and history, to renew the historic cultural connection between these three regions, and to promote the common Jewish heritage inside and outside of our countries.

Musical Shabbat by Rabbi Tanya Segal and The Mojše Band

Contact us at office@tempel.pl or kontakt@beitkrakow.org
 Musical Shabbat is an extraordinary musical and liturgical project created by Rabbi Tanya Segal, Michal Pal’ko and the Mojše Band. This unique project consists of modern musical and liturgical interpretations of classical Shabbat melodies and prayers, rooted in Kraków (Poland, Galicia) and inspired by rebirth of religious Jewish life in this region – especially by Jewish Progressive/Reform Community of Krakow – @BeitKrakow

 

Polish Beit Din | Beit Din Polski

Polish Beit Din department of Center for Progressive and Reform Judaism is the first post-war polish rabbinical court which makes decisions in matters connected Jewish life, such as conversions, divorces and other matters connected to Jewish Law (Halakha).

To inquire more about the conversion process in Beit Krakow Jewish Progressive Community please read here (in Polish)

The Press Release:

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The day before Hannukah, December 11th, 2017, the first post-war Polish Beit Din assembled in Krakow. The Beit Din was established under the auspices of the Center for Progressive Judaism in Krakow and the Beit Krakow Progressive Jewish Community (first post-war Progressive Jewish Community in Krakow).

For ages, the city of Krakow was the center of Jewish spirituality and thought for Jews from Galitzya and Silesia and a cradle of Ashkenazi tradition as we know it today. In the second half of the nineteenth century, it was also the center of the Jewish Enlightenment.

The Polish Beit Din was comprised of rabbis, who had either committed years of their work to the Jewish community in Poland or who have Polish roots. These were Rabbi Boaz Pash, the Chief Rabbi of Krakow from 2006-2012; Rabbi Tanya Segal, rabbi of progressive Jewish community Beit Krakow, the first woman Rabbi in the history of Poland, who has been working in Poland for the past 10 years; and Rabbi Mira Raz, an Israeli Rabbi whose own family story is tragically connected to Poland through history and the language she remembers her parents speaking at home.

The Beit Din assembled in order to decide on matters of conversion to Judaism and met with 10 candidates from Poland and from a Czech city Krnov (Karinów), located on the Czech-Polish border, in the region of Silesia. Conversion to Judaism is a long and difficult process, which culminates with a meeting with the Beit Din. All candidates were up to the challenge and have been accepted into the Nation of Israel.

This is how the Rabbis themselves spoke about this momentous occasion:

Rabbi Mira Raz said: “I felt very privileged to be a part of the Beit Din in Krakow. For me, this was the missing link in my relations with Poland as a Jew. My family roots in Sosnowiec/Zawiercie were cruelly uprooted in the past, but in the present, I, as a member of this historical Beit Din in Krakow, took part in planting new Jewish roots in Europe. These ten people moved me so much with their sincerity and conviction to become Jewish. What remained to say is: Am Israel Chai (the people of Israel live) – they are a living proof of that.”

Rabbi Boaz Pash said: “It was as if we had known each other for a long time as if we were meeting dear brothers and sisters who had lost their way a little, and now were returning home. We felt we must have met once, perhaps at Mount Sinai, when we all received the Torah together.  And at the end, after the immersion in the mikvah (ritual bath) and after the court, when we sat together singing “Hinei ma tov uma naim shevet achim gam yachad…” (how good and pleasant it is for us to be together) I felt complete. Whole. I felt that something which was lost was returned to its place; the family was reunited.”

Rabbi Tanya Segal said: “Contemporary development of Jewish life in Poland is a phenomenon which cannot be compared to any other. This is the place where centuries of Jewish history and tragic events of the Shoah (Holocaust) influence every aspect of our life, every thought in our mind, and define unique guidelines for our response to the questions of today. Rabbis from all different movements formed the first post-war Polish Beit Din. This is maybe the only place where close cooperation between all movements of Judaism is possible.”

The Beit Din also received a delegation of the Management Board of the Jewish Community in Ostrava (Czech Republic), which came to support the candidates from Krnov. In a very moving speech, the Chair of the Jewish Community in Ostrava, Ms. Milena Slaninova, said: “We are extremely happy that all the people have succeeded. They are like our children, whom we have been waiting for so long. We look forward to accepting them officially as members of Jewish Community as soon as possible.”

The session of the Beit Din itself took place in the historic space of a former Beit Midrash (house of study), Bnei Emuna. The building is now under the care of the Judaica Foundation’s Centre for Jewish culture, a unique institution which, for the last 25 years, has been educating about and promoting Jewish art and culture in the Jewish district of Krakow.

This historic event permanently re-establishes an autonomous Polish Beit Din in Poland, which in itself is a true testimony to the gradual strengthening and growth of the local community. The Polish Beit Din has been established as a branch of the Center for Progressive Judaism in Krakow to serve the local community and communities in the region of Central Europe.

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Jewish Theatre in Kraków – Midrash Theatre®

The Contemporary Jewish Theatr in Kraków – Midrash Theatre® exists in Kraków since 2008. Thanks to the initiative of Rabbi Tanya Segal, a group of professional artists connected with the Beit Krakow community has been creating original theatre performances, exploring the spiritual legacy of the Jewish people. Often inspired by traditional Jewish texts, the performances are deeply rooted in the contemporary Jewish-Polish reality.

See: The Midrash Theatre® Method >>

_MG_5308Over the past years, in close cooperation with the Galicia Jewish Musuem, which became the home for our theatre, we have created the following productions: Melody of Silence (2008), Mysteries of My Grandma (2009/2010), Five (P)Arts (2011), art instalation: 5ZTUKA (2012), Nigun Jam (2012), Megilat Polin (2013), The Lonely Tango of Vera Gran (2014)

The Jewish Theatre in Krakow – Midrash Theatre has also worked in other spaces of Jewish Krakow in order to incorporate the audience members into the creative process, thus we have produced original musical midrashim: ABYA, Szema Israel, Szirat haJam, Maim and Eikha (with Mikolaj Trzaska); exhibitions “The Words of Kohelet in Images” (The Old Synagogue muzeum, Galeria Szalom) , “Song of songs” (Trzecie Oko galery), “Dibrot” (Trzecie Oko galery).
In 2012, in coopeation with the Dance Theatre of Riny Schenfeld, we produced a new version of an existing performance in the context of Poland: Dancing with Chopin in Galicia, dedicated especially for the Museum space.

Stop Destruction of Krakow’s Jewish Heritage

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Contact Us | Skontaktuj się z nami

Center For Progressive and Reform Judaism in Krakow
Centrum Judaizmu Postępowego w Krakowie
office@tempel.pl
+48 502 304 970 

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31-055 Kraków

Rabbi Tanya Segal
rabbi of Beit Kraków Jewish Progressive Community

rabbi@tempel.pl

Read more about Rabbi Tanya Segal – first woman rabbi in history of Poland:

https://jwa.org/rabbis/narrators/segal-tanya >>

Read about women rabbis in extraordinary project of Jewish Women’s Archive

Zapraszamy do przeczytania o kobietach rabinach w unikalnym projekcie Jewish Women’s Archive

“As the first full-time female rabbi in Poland, Rabbi Tanya Segal has creatively transformed Jewish life in the historic city of Krakow, the site of previous revolutions in Jewish thought and practice…”

https://jwa.org/rabbis/narrators/segal-tanya >>