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  • Polish Independence Day celebration at Warsaw synagogue cancelled over security concerns

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Board of the Jewish Community of Warsaw cancelled a celebration of Poland’s Independence Day in the city’s historic Nozyk synagogue, reportedly citing security concerns. The Jewish community learned of the cancellation Thursday, the eve of the scheduled celebration, which was to be held on Independence Day. Among the scheduled speakers…

  • Religious leaders from Israel visit Poland, meet with Jewish and Catholic leaders

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The leaders of several religious groups in Israel visited Poland to learn about Jewish life there now and in the past. On Sunday the delegation met with representatives of Warsaw’s Jewish community at the Nozyk synagogue and the following day visited the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Later the group…

  • Poles who preserve country’s Jewish heritage awarded

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Poles involved in the preserving of Jewish heritage in Poland received awards during two separate ceremonies in Warsaw. Professor Ewa Geller received the Jan Karski & Pola Nirenska Award during an award ceremony at the Jewish Historical Institute. Geller teaches at Warsaw University’s Department of Neophilology. She earned a PhD degree in…

  • Warsaw’s Jewish Theatre finds temporary spaces to perform

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Jewish Theatre in Warsaw has found new temporary venues with the help of two government ministries. The historic company has faced eviction since the beginning of June when its landlord, looking to build a new high-rise on the site, blocked access to the theater. At a news conference this week, the theater unveiled plans to launch a…

  • Polish right-wing groups seek to deny that Kielce pogrom was motivated by anti-Semitism

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Representatives of right-wing organizations have applied to the Institute of National Remembrance to resume investigation of the Kielce pogrom, saying its cause was not anti-Semitism. In the application submitted this week, they claim the murders in the 1946 pogrom, which killed 42 Polish Jews, were committed by Communist officials and not…

  • Polish women working in Jewish organizations join strike over proposed tightened abortion law

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Polish women working for Jewish organizations joined other women in striking their jobs over proposed changes in the law on family planning in the country. Thousands of women in many cities throughout Poland held protests on “Black Monday” in opposition to stricter anti-abortion legislation proposed by an independent group that would forbid…

  • Polish priest did not commit hate crime, prosecutor finds

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Prosecutor’s Office in Bialystok has ended an investigation of a Polish priest who spoke of Jews being a “cancer” during a sermon, determining that no hate crime had been committed. In a sermon on April 16 in Bialystok, Father Jacek Miedlar spoke of the “cancer which swept Poland,” apparently meaning Jews. He…

  • Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto to open, be available online

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The Jewish Historical Institute said it will open an exhibition dedicated to the Ringelblum Archive, which chronicles the history of the Warsaw Ghetto. The entire archive also will be available for free on the internet, the Warsaw institute said Thursday at a news conference while presenting details of the project. Individual…

  • Krakow march recalls centuries-old Jewish presence

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Hundreds marched through the streets of Krakow to commemorate the centuries-old Jewish presence in the city in an event organized by local Christian organizations. Marchers waved Polish and Israeli flags at the “memory march” held Sunday. Among those on hand was the Krakow bishop, Grzegorz Rys. The aim of the march…

  • Warsaw’s Jewish theater holds public Shabbat dinner as future uncertain

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Several hundred people attended a Shabbat dinner organized by the director of the Jewish Theatre here, which has a rich history and an uncertain future. Golda Tencer, who also heads the Shalom Foundation, held the public celebration Friday evening in Grzybowski Square. Long tables were set with challah, fruits, kosher dishes and sweets. The…