Edifice of the Jewish Religious Community Board in Kraków

Address:
ul. Krakowska 41, Kraków

Description

Until the end of the 19th century, the Jewish religious commune, the so-called Qahal, was based at the Old Synagogue (Stara Synagoga). In 1911, a new and impressive edifice was built for the community at the junction of Krakowska and Skawińska streets, based on a project designed by Herman Lamensdorf.

Until the end of the 19th century, the Jewish religious commune, the so-called Qahal, was based at the Old Synagogue (Stara Synagoga). In 1911, a new and impressive edifice was built for the community at the junction of Krakowska and Skawińska streets, based on a project designed by Herman Lamensdorf.

The first floor of the building contained offices of the board and the second one – a magnificent meeting room and an archive. The gem of the archive was an illuminated Hebrew Bible from the 14th century. Transported to Germany, it was eventually brought to Israel. The ground floor contained the Ezra Judaic library, established in 1899 by a group of Zionist activists led by Doctor Ozjasz Thon. During World War II, the library collection was scattered around Poland. The board of the Jewish community in Kraków has been residing in the building to this day. There is also a canteen that serves kosher food to the members of the community.

Date: 2016-02-09 Show ticket
News author: TOMASZ STANKIEWICZ
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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