Alef-Bet of Jewish Culture

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This is one of the first programs in all of Poland aiming to bring Jewish culture and tradition closer to home rather than focusing on pre-war history and the Holocaust.

Ever wonder, why Jewish women cover their heads after marriage? Why Orthodox men wear payot? How long is the Jewish year that follows the lunar calendar and what are all the different holidays? Do Jewish in Poland have the same traditions as Jews in Morocco or Spain? Can and can’t you do on Shabbat? To be a Jew do you have to come from a Jewish mother?


This program consists of addressing these fundamental questions but also the stereotypes associated with them. On a day to day basis we tend to ignore or not recognize the problems brought up by stereotypes whether they are positive or negative. Most commonly this is brought forth by a simple lack of knowledge about Jewish culture. To fill the void that is unknowingly created by the educational system, the program “Alef-Bet Jewish culture” was born! It is adaptable to formal and informal methods of education.



The program consists of 22 different topics! (22 is also the total number of letter in the Hebrew alphabet.) The starting point of teach topic is rooted in tradition and transitions into how it is practiced in modern life.

Within Krakow this program is organized in partnership with the Krakow JCC (Jewish Community Center). During the school year we conduct 3 parts of the program. It will take place over the course of 2days toward the end of the winter holiday for Małopolska (within this time it could be possible for it to lead into Shabbat, this includes a Shabbat dinner with the local Jewish community of Krakow). Sections II and III are within the same day.

Our program can be order for educational and cultural institutions!
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List of available workshops:
  • “L’chaim!” – the Jewish life from birth to death.
  • “Shema Israel!” – from Orthodox Judaism to Judaism without God.
  • Being a Jew – what does it mean?
  • Jews and stereotypes of Jews
  • “Remember to observe the Sabbath as a Holy day” – the meaning of the Sabbath in Judaism.
  • “Let my people go!” – the Pesach Holiday and how it is celebrated.
  • Halakha –Jewish law.
  • To serve cholent, Haman’s ears or phalaphel? Jewish cuisine for every occasion.
  • “From right to left” similarities and differences in Jewish languages.
  • Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews: History and Culture.
  • “Thank you God for not making me … a man” the woman in Judaism.
  • Around Judaism in 354 days: The Jewish calendar
  • “We, Polish Jews” – assimilation or acculturation?
  • “Beat the Jew!” – Pogroms of Jews in the 20th century.
  • Things that can’t be expressed in words…” – The Holocaust in films.
  • Chasid Umot ha-Olam – Righteous Among the Nations.
  • Friends Or enemies? – Polish-Jewish relations after World War II.
  • “The Miracle of Purim” – the 2nd generation of Polish Jews and their identity.
  • The third generation of Polish Jews after World War II – phenomenon or illusion?
  • “Houses of life” – What Jewish monuments have remained in Poland?
  • Do synagogues become active only at night? – what does Jewish life in Poland look like in the 21st century?
  • Palestine – The Holy Land or Cursed Land?


Coordinator of the project:

Olga Danek
tel. +48 880 170 692

Mifgash Foundation
ul. Juliusza Lea 213
30–133 Kraków
NIP: 677-23-83-381
You Can Support Foundation
Account number:
4112 4045 7511 1100 1060 1345 37
Name of bank:
Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.
Director Of Programming
Olga Adamowska e-mail: 
Coordinator of the project “Between Kraków and Jerusalem” and anti-discrimination workshops
Małgorzata Kucharska
tel. +48 509 845 105
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