Jewish Cultural Heritage

"Jewish Cultural Heritage" – celebrating together, we invite you to join our events in the coming year

Tłum osób stoi w holu Muzeum POLIN podczas Rodzinnej Chanuki 2022.
fot. M. Jaźwiecki / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

The past months at POLIN Museum were a time of celebrating together with our audience. In early December, we celebrated the family Hanukkah holiday, and just over a week earlier, during the POLIN Award gala, we celebrated the great work done by the laureates of our competition.

Katarzyna Łaziuk named the laureate of 2022 POLIN Award

"Above all else, the final of the POLIN Award competition demonstrates that there are extraordinary people around us—people who implement the mission voiced in the statute of POLIN Museum with outmost determination, engagement and dedication," – said Zygmunt Stępiński, Director of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, during the POLIN Award ceremony.

Since 2014, POLIN Award has been granted to individuals and organisations who act towards the preservation of the history of Polish Jews and contribute to shaping a common future based on mutual understanding and respect between Poles and Jews.

This year’s laureate of POLIN Award is Katarzyna Łaziuk who is active in the preservation of the memory of multi-cultural past of Mińsk Mazowiecki. Her social initiatives include, among others, educating the youth, adults and teachers, animating local life and preserving the material Jewish heritage.

Sądecki Shtetl Association who has been propagating the idea of a Polish-Jewish dialogue and the memory of the Holocaust victims from Nowy Sącz and the vicinity for the past 11 years, and the School Complex from Krzepice whose students and staff have been looking after the local 18th-century Jewish cemetery, were both awarded with Honourable Mentions.

The Special Award went to the Cukerman’s Gate Foundation whose members have been actively engaged for many years now in the preservation of the memory of Polish Jews in the Zagłębie Dąbrowskie region and in the Upper Silesia.

Hanukkah: events for families organised for the closing of "What’s Cooking? Jewish Culinary Culture" temporary exhibition

On 10-11 December, during the closing weekend of "What’s Cooking? Jewish Culinary Culture" exhibition, we invited families to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah together with us. We learnt about Hanukkah customs and traditions by way of the Jewish cuisine.

For our guests, we prepared a museum game whose tasks we solved in the temporary exhibition hall and in the beautifully illuminated main hall. During the culinary workshop, we learnt how to make a traditional Hanukkah dish, latkes, and during creative activities we prepared decorations for the dishes and hors d'oeuvres, as well as other Hanukkah knick-knacks. We combined our festive programme with the tasting of delicious Hanukkah doughnuts and the opportunity to take souvenir photos in a special Hanukkah photo booth. Many participants took part in our festive weekend events.

"Giving Voice to the Unspeakable"

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, together with HL-Senteret Norwegian Centre for the Studies of the Holocaust and the Minorities, launched a recruiting process for the conference titled "Giving Voice to the Unspeakable. Artistic interventions in Holocaust museums and museums dedicated to human rights in Norway and in Poland" which will take place on 29-30 March 2023 at the seat of our partner, HL-Senteret.

The conference will be devoted to the contemporary tendencies in museums and other cultural institutions to use artistic interventions to address historical issues which are difficult, ignored or simply unacknowledged. The conference will begin with an inaugural lecture by Frisco Roscam-Abbing, Communications Advisor at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), who will present the main areas of activity and results related to FRA’s activities in the field of arts and human rights.

The call for papers’ deadline is 31 December 2022.


Save the date – international JCH congress in 2023

"Jewish Cultural Heritage: Practices, Perspectives, Challenges" – on 19-20 October 2023, we will meet at the international congress organized under this very title. The congress will recap the implementation of our long-term project. 

We would like to invite 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. We would also like to invite our regular audience and the people associated with POLIN Museum.

We do hope that 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. We ask all our friends to save the date of 19-20 October 2023 in their calendars!

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. Below sentence: Working together for green, competetive and inclusive Europe.,,