Since 2008, JCC Krakow has served as the focal point of the rebirth of Jewish life in Krakow, Poland.



Friends of JCC Krakow is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining the financial future of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow (JCC Krakow), whose primary focus is rebuilding Jewish life in Krakow, Poland.

Friends of JCC Krakow seeks to raise awareness of JCC Krakow's activities and broaden its reach through informational and cultural offerings in the United States.

The Jewish Community Centre of Krakow was opened in April 2008 by HRH, The Prince of Wales and now serves as the focal point for the resurgence of Jewish life in Krakow, which has dramatically increased since Poland’s transition to a democracy in 1989. JCC Krakow works to change both the world’s perception of Poland and Poland’s perception of Jews. The JCC provides social, educational and community-oriented services to the Jewish community of Krakow, offers programming open to the entire Krakow community to foster Polish-Jewish relations, and acts as a visitor center for the hundreds of thousands of tourists, many of them Jewish, who pass through Krakow.

We cannot change the number of Jews murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. We can however affect the number of Jews lost to the Jewish World due to the Holocaust. And that, in essence, is our mission at JCC Krakow.
— Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director, JCC Krakow

What we helped Achieve

  • Grown JCC membership from 0 to over 600 in five years and increased overall visitors to the centre to over 8,000 per month.

  • Created a hub of pluralistic and innovative programming, designed to engage, educate, and inspire Krakow’s multi-generational and varied Jewish community.