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Jewish Community Contacts

 


         Over the past few weeks, I have been sharing contact information about various secular organizations in Poland. In response to many e-mail requests, this week I am offering a list of all the Jewish community offices in Poland. Each community has contact information, some with an e-mail address. They look forward to correspondence from people around the world. The general website for Poland’s Jewish communities is  www.jewish.org.pl. I am sorry to report that, at the moment, the website is in Polish only. But there are office personnel who will answer e-mails in English.


 


Office of the Jewish Communities in Poland


00-950 Warszawa (Warsaw)


ul. Twarda 6


Tel/fax: (22) 652 28 05


E-mail: varshe@jewish.org.pl


 


Bielsko-Bia


łej


Community President: Dorota Wiewióra


ul. 3 Maja 7, 43-300 Bielsko-Bia


ła,


Tel/fax: (33) 812-24-38, (33) 812-66-54,


E-mail: gwz@bb.onet.pl


 


Bytom


ul. Piekarska 56, 41-902 Bytom


filia w Gliwicach


ul. Dolnych Wa


łów 9, 44-100 Gliwice,


Tel: (32) 314-797


 


Gdansk


(58) 344 06 02,


gdansk@jewish.org


Community president: Micha


ł Rucki.


Secretary: Krystyna Malewska,


gdansk.jewish.org.pl


 


Katowitza (Katowitz)


President – W


łodzimierz Kac


ul. M


łyńska 13,40-098 Katowice,


Tel/fax: (32) 253-77-42, tel. (32) 253-02-09,


E-mail: gwzkatowice@poczta.onet.pl


 


Krakow


Community president – Tadeusz Jakubowicz


ul. Skawi


ńska 2,31-066 Kraków,


Tel: (12) 429-57-35


 


Legnicy


Community leaders – Józef Zilberman/Ela Felcman


ul. Chojnowska 12, 59-220 Legnica


Tel/fax: (76) 8622-730


 


Lodz


ul. Pomorska 18 91/416 Łódź – Polska (Poland)


Tel/fax. (+48 42) 632 04 27


Tel/fax. (+48 42) 633 51 56


E-mail: symcha@jewishcommunity.org


Jewish Culture and History Center


ul. Pomorska 18 91/416 Łódź – Polska


Tel: (+48 42) 632 04 11


E-mail: fundacja@zgw.lodz


Jewish Cemetery in Lodz


ul. Bracka 40


Tel: (+48 42) 656 70 19


tel. kom. 607 459 560


E-mail: mitelman@zgw.lodz


Dom Dziennego Pobytu Guest House


ul. Pomorska 18 91/416 Łódź – Polska


Tel: (+48 42) 633 84 07


E-mail: ddzp@zgw.lodz


 


Poznan


Przewodnicząca – Alicja Kobus


ul. Stawna 10, 61-582 Poznań,


Tel: (61) 855-21-18


 


Szczecinie (Szczecin)


Community leaders: Mikołaj Rozen/Róża Król


ul. Niemcewicza 2,71-553 Szczecin,


Tel: (91) 422-19-05,


E-mail: gwzszczecin@jewish.org


 


Wrocław


Ul. Mickiewicza 18, 58-300 Wałbrzych


Tel: 071 34 364 01


E-mail: wroclaw@jewish.org.pl


wroclaw.jewish.org.pl


 


Warszawa (Warsaw)


00-950 Warszawa


ul. Twarda 6


Tel/fax: (22) 652 28 05


E-mail: varshe@jewish.org.pl

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