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Poland’s Chief Rabbi Threatens to Quit over Kosher Slaughter Ban

Poland’s chief rabbi said he will resign if a definitive ban on kosher slaughter is imposed in the country. “I cannot imagine serving as chief...

Ostroleka Jewish Cemetery Exposed During Roadwork

The Jewish community in Ostroleka Poland was first established in the 17th century and like all other communities in Poland saw good times and bad. At the beginning of the 20th century the community numbered 6,219. During WWI the Russian Army destroyed the town while retreating and many Jews left for other cities, especially Warsaw. But after the war, Jews returned to Ostrolekaand by 1921 they numbered 3,352, more then a third of the total population.

Ostroleka Jewish Cemetery Exposed During Roadwork

The Jewish community in Ostroleka Poland was first established in the 17th century and like all other communities in Poland saw good times and bad. At the beginning of the 20th century the community numbered 6,219. During WWI the Russian Army destroyed the town while retreating and many Jews left for other cities, especially Warsaw. But after the war, Jews returned to Ostrolekaand by 1921 they numbered 3,352, more then a third of the total population.

Rabbi Pinchas Zarcynsky Arrives In Warsaw

The Jewish community in Poland has been growing both in size and spirituality.

Rabbi Pinchas Zarcynsky Arrives In Warsaw

The Jewish community in Poland has been growing both in size and spirituality.

Passing The Torch: The Piotrkow Shabbaton

Last week I wrote how important it is that the second generation of Holocaust survivors begin to take over the work of preserving the memory of Jewish life and culture in the many towns and cities that had been mostly destroyed during the Shoah.

The Baudouina Orphanage

On Thursday August 21 an unusual ceremony took place at the Baudouina Orphanage in Warsaw, Poland.

Yom HaShoah In Poland

Last week's front page of The Jewish Press showed Crown Prince of England, Prince Charles, affixing a mezuzah to the door of a new Jewish center in Krakow, along with Rabbi Gluck, the Chief Rabbi Of Galicia and Rabbi Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi Of Poland.

Purim In Warsaw

Purim is major event throughout Poland. Many marginal Jews bring their whole families to the synagogue for the festive reading of the Megillah.

Chanukah In Poland

Last week Rabbi Schudrich of Warsaw sent me more pictures from Poland showing the community celebrating Chanukah.

Old Cemetery In Lodz Exposed

         It is said that Poland is one large Jewish cemetery. While that is not 100 percent true, anytime people dig in Poland, they...

A Year In Poland

For many, Polish Jewry is a misnomer; they (even those that come to visit) think that there is no longer any Jewish life, that it was all killed in the Holocaust. In the past year, I have been privileged to see just how much life there is in Poland.

Chanukah In Poland

The Polish Jewish community held its first public menorah-lighting ceremony Sunday evening, the third night of Chanukah.

Trip To Ukraine And Poland

As of Tzom Gedalia, Sept. 25, I will be on a trip to Ukraine and Poland.

Cemetery Restoration And Preservation

Last week's conference on Jewish genealogy in New York featured many sessions dealing with the issues of tracing Jewish lineage.

The Pope Comes A Calling

Last week Pope Benedict XVI went to Poland to honor his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.

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