The Old Synagogue

The Old Synagogue is the place, which you must visit during your stay in Krakow. the Branch was established in 1958. It collects historical objects of Jewish culture, mainly those connected with the history and culture of Krakow's Jews.  This is the oldest synagogue to have survived in Poland!

The exibits of Judaics are presented in three groups:

1. the synagogue
2. holidays and annual festivals
3. private and family life

The exhibition in the main prayer hall is dedicated to the synagogue and the most important holidays of the religious Jewish Calendar, like Sabbath Day, Rosh Hashanah and the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles, Hanukkah, Purim and Passover. So, we can see here Torah adornments, the traditional man's and woman' costume, paintings, photographs, etc. Among other things, one can see the boxes used to keep etrog  which is brought to the synagogue during the  Sukkot Festival, Hanukkah candelabra and olive-oil lamps, bindings for the Book of Ester, read during the Purim holiday, porcelain and silver plates and bags for Passover Bread (matzoh), that are characteristic items of tableware used during Passover, incense containers and kiddush cups used in Jewish homes during the ceremonies at beginning and ending of the Sabbath Day.

In the old hall for women there is a  display concerning the family and private life. There are exhibits connected with obeying the traditional nutrition rules in a Jewish home, everyday prayers and a life cycle from birth to death. There are amulets accompanying a child's' birth, the mohel's knife, scenes of learning at home and at religious school, arrangements and documents concerning weddings, married life and divorce. There are many exhibits connected with burial ceremonies and remembrance of  the dead. All these matters are illustrated by paintings and photographs. Each exhibit is accompanied by a comprehensive description, and Jewish traditions are explained.

Tickets:

regular 8 PLN
half-price 6 PLN
group, schools 4,50 PLN
family 16 PLN
guide 50 PLN per group + ticket

Contact:

24 Szeroka Street, 31-053 Kraków
Phone: +48 12 422 09 62, +48 12 431 05 45
Fax: +48 12 431 05 45 
e-mail: starasynagoga@mhk.pl

The article is published with the consent and through the kindness The Historical Museum of the City of Kraków

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