Seventy years after most of Polish Jewry died in the Holocaust, it seems that Jewish life in Poland is experiencing a revival.

Jews and non-Jews attend Seder at Jewish Community Center.

krakowpassoverKRAKOW – Seventy years after most of Polish Jewry died in the Holocaust, it seems that Jewish life in Poland is experiencing a revival.

More than 150 people gathered at the Jewish Community Center in Krakow on Monday evening to celebrate the Passover Seder. Among them were non-Jews, mostly Catholic Poles, with a great interest in Judaism. For many of them, it was the first Jewish holiday they had ever celebrated.

Leading the Seder was David Pash, son of the city’s Chief Rabbi Boaz Pash.

Guests sat around tables laden with traditional Passover dishes and kosher Israeli wine and matza, and listened to the Haggada in Hebrew and Polish.

Jonathan Ornstein, head of the Krakow JCC, told The Jerusalem Post about the preparations for the Passover evening and said that even he was surprised by the number of requests they had received to attend the celebration.

“We had a lot of interest, and we had more than 150 guests, including locals and people from all over the world, including Israel, the United States and Canada who are visiting Krakow and asked to join us,” he said.

“We had people of all ages, from a six-week-old baby to a 90-year-old guest.”

He added that “our main mission is, of course, to build Jewish life here in Krakow, but we are always happy when visitors can join us and see the wonderful rebirth of Jewish life in Krakow.”

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