During the 10 days of reflection between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, we look back on what has happened in our lives and how we want to change ourselves in the coming year. The JCC continues to reflect on its programing and community work in order to help strengthen and build Jewish life in Krakow. Community members joined together on Tuesday evening for a pre-Yom Kippur meal before attending Kol Nidre services. Exchanging stories from the summer and making new connections was a great way for the community to begin the start of the new year at the JCC. Services were held at Izaak Synagogue and led by the Rabbinic Representative of the Chief Rabbi in Krakow Rabbi Avi, Chief Rabbi of Galicia Rabbi Gluck and Chief Rabbi of Krakow Rabbi Gurary to a congregation of 150 people. Many of JCC Krakow's members reminisced on family memories and looked forward to another year building community.
Zofia Radzikowska, senior club member, was happy to have the three Rabbis leading services this year. She enjoyed hearing all the Rabbis' voices and davening with them. Growing up Zofia did not attend services with her family, it was only the past 25 years that started to go to shul. For her and many others, being in Izaak Synagogue (built in 1644) gave her a connection with the past that created a beautiful and enriching experience.
Sławek Pastuszka, a member of GIMEL Jewish Student Club, also enjoyed reflecting on the Jewish history that took place at the synagogue. Looking around and seeing the Hebrew writing painted on the walls reminded him of the importance of tradition that he learned from his grandparents. His grandparents always felt Yom Kippur was not only a time for self reflection but also a day of remembrance for friends and family who did not survive the Holocaust. Sławek remembers seeing his grandfather wearing all black and his grandmother lighting candles in memory of those who passed. It is from those moments that Sławek understood the importance of Jewish tradition and carrying on the legacy of his grandparents. Yom Kippur to him is not only a time of looking within but also a time to look around him and be a part of the community.
The JCC is looking forward to the year ahead with the local Jewish community and meeting new friends from around the world.