Since its opening in 2008 the JCC Kraków has flourished and become the center of the city’s small yet remarkably diverse Jewish community. The JCC’s weekly Shabbat dinners now serve 60-90 people per week, the largest Jewish community dinner in Poland. The JCC serves the multigenerational Krakovian Jewish community with its Seniors Club, Student Club, Jewish Business Forum, and Sunday school. It houses a highly frequented Jewish library, as well as art exhibitions. Its “21x21” photography exhibit featured 21 members of the Polish Jewish community, in partnership with the Galicia Jewish Museum. Director Jonathan Ornstein attributes the JCC’s success, as well as positive media in Poland and abroad, to its inclusivity and diversity of programming.
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JCC Warsaw Summer Camp
The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and the Koret Foundation are proud to support the JCC Warsaw, established in 2011 by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The Warsaw JCC has become a vital gathering place for the diverse community of Warsaw Jews, providing cultural and educational activities for all ages. In 2012, the JCC celebrated the launch of its summer camp for children, from pre-school to elementary school age. In 2013, they moved into a new space to accommodate increased members and activities, including weekly Shabbat programs and holiday celebrations. Shana Penn and members of a Taube and Koret Foundation VIP delegation and the Warsaw Jewish community attended a preview of the new JCC space in April 2013.
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