Jewish Cultural Heritage

"Jewish Cultural Heritage" – our summer cultural-recreational program has come to an end

Grupa dzieci trzyma przed sobą kolorową flagę.
fot. M. Starowieyska / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

Our summer cultural-recreational program has come to an end. Within the Jewish Cultural Heritage project, we are marking Jewish cemeteries in 7 provinces of Poland, awaiting submissions for the 2023 POLIN Award and organizing an international JCH congress.

"POLIN on the Meadow"

"POLIN on the Meadow" summer program of cultural events was launched on 24 June and ran until the end of August. Making use of our new functional and accessible to all outdoor installation, we have organized music, literary and film events. A total of 1,400 people participated in the events held "on the Meadow".

This year’s POLIN on the Meadow started off with a special music project titled "Chilling with Feldman", developed by the members of the Kwadrofonik ensemble and musicians who collaborate with it. 

In early July, we invited our guests to "BookShuk on the Meadow", a day dedicated to literature. We listened together to new interpretations of well-known fairy tales written by American actress Natalie Portman and read by Katarzyna Łaska. We learnt interesting quotes from texts penned by Jewish writers and selected by Sylwia Chutnik, which we then printed on our T-shirts. On August evenings, to celebrate the Warner Bros centenary, we enjoyed open-air screenings of the studio’s cult movies from the 1980s and 1990s.

Together with the Łąka Foundation, dedicated to creating meadows in towns and cities and to educating on biodiversity, we planted a flowerbed with a slogan "Let’s plant a meadow together!". Events promoting sustainable lifestyle in harmony with nature were a vital part of our activities, too, e.g. herbarium workshops or a walk in the footsteps of edible plants in Muranów. There was also an offer for cyclists and meetings devoted to well-being.

As part of all-year commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, we pondered over the role and mission of social activists. We spoke to representatives of organizations engaged in helping refugees during a meeting held under the slogan: "Don’t be indifferent—act!".

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Marking Jewish cemeteries

On the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, in partnership with the National Institute of Cultural Heritage, we launched the third edition of ceremonial markings of Jewish cemeteries. The first ceremony this year was held on 29 August in Proszowice (Małopolskie Province).

Each ceremony is accompanied by a rich educational program addressed to the local community. Primary schools participating in the program get an opportunity to use the "Museum in a Box. Malka’s Town" set with an educational board game, intended for use in grades 4-6.

New markings of Jewish cemeteries will take place in seven provinces: Małopolskie, Śląskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Świętokrzyskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Dolnośląskie, Lubuskie.

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POLIN Award – awaiting submissions!

We are now waiting for submission for the 2023 POLIN Award. Candidates are selected from among individuals or organizations actively involved in the preservation of memory of the history of Polish Jews and in building Polish-Jewish relations. Anyone can submit a potential candidate for the Award by filling in an e-form posted on the Museum website. We are awaiting submission until 30 September. Laureates will be announced on 5 December.

International JCH congress on 19-20 October 2023

In just over a month, we will welcome you at the "Jewish Cultural Heritage: Practices, Perspectives, Challenges" international congress. 

We have invited participants of various educational and cultural activities we have been running together with our Norwegian partners and the Jewish Historical Institute since 2020 to take part in the congress. This special event will be a true celebration of education on diversity, as well as a platform to discuss new topics and interpret the role of Jewish culture and history in Europe today.

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Logo of Jewish Cultural Heritage Project: from right side: logo of Norway grants, logo of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Republic of Poland, logo Polin Museum and JCK project.,,