Jewish Krakow: The Golden Age of Krakow Jews

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Event Description

Before the tumultuous days of World War II, the Jewish community in Krakow thrived, constituting a remarkable 25% of the city’s population. Their contributions played a pivotal role in shaping the unique identity of this enchanting city.
Join the Baltimore Zionist District and our guide, Olga, owner of Odessa Walks, on a captivating virtual tour through the heart of Krakow’s Old Town as we delve into what drew Jewish families to this medieval jewel. Where did they choose to settle, and how did they influence the city? Walking in the footsteps of these early Krakow Jews, you’ll be transported back to the 15th century, unveiling the events that led to the Jewish relocation to the neighboring Kazimierz.
Intriguing questions come to light: Did Kazimierz evolve into a Jewish ghetto? What limitations were imposed upon the Jewish residents during that period?
In our virtual stroll through the Kazimierz Main Market square, you’ll visit three awe-inspiring synagogues. Our guide, Olga, will lead you to the oldest Jewish cemetery, where she’ll unravel the story of why it became a significant pilgrimage site for Orthodox Jews throughout Europe. While strolling along Esterka Street, Olga will enchant you with the captivating tale of a Jewish beauty named Esther, who captured the heart of one of Poland’s most prominent kings.
Prepare to embark on a journey into the 17th and 18th centuries when Krakow became a paramount center for Jewish scholarship in Europe. You’ll witness the architectural splendors of seven historic synagogues, each with its unique charm. As we explore further, the grand Mikveh building will come into view. We’ll unveil the birthplace of the renowned “beauty queen” and the pioneering figure behind the Helena Rubinstein brand, revealing the secrets that fueled her beauty empire.
Throughout this live tour, Olga will weave a mesmerizing narrative, sharing the rich history of Krakow’s Jewish community, once vibrant and thriving. Gain valuable insights into its enduring legacy that still resonates in the city today.
Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to discover the profound connection between Krakow and its Jewish heritage. Join us for a virtual experience that will transport you through time, offering a glimpse into a bygone era that has left an indelible mark on this remarkable city.
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