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Polish chief rabbi calls for synagogue to reopen after armed standoff. Communal body in Krakow blocked Chabad congregation from entering house of worship, citing a financial dispute

2019-07-09T22:38:29+00:00July 9th, 2019|Life in Poland, News and Culture|

Poland’s chief rabbi lashed out at the Krakow Jewish community on Tuesday, following a standoff between armed men and worshipers outside a local house of worship.

On Monday, guards from a private security firm hired by the Gmina, Krakow’s Jewish representative body, physically blocked prayer-goers associated with the Chabad Hasidic movement from entering the city’s Izaak Synagogue, in the latest escalation of an ongoing financial dispute.

The Chabad community has been leasing the building from the Gmina since 2008. A representative of […]

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Polish Catholic Bishop Denounces burning of Jewish effigy on Good Friday

2019-04-23T20:24:42+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Life in Poland, News and Culture|

from the office of Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich

WARSAW – Last Friday April 19, which was Good Friday for Christians – the day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus – residents of Pruchnik, a small town in Poland’s southeast sector, beat up and burned a doll that was meant to represent Jews.

This hateful act evoked the centuries of Good Friday persecutions and killings of Jews by Catholics, who wrongly blamed the Jewish people for Jesus’ death instead of those really responsible, […]

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