We are fostering a vibrant renewal of Judaism in Poland. Working together, the Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland along with the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the European Union for Progressive Judaism are opening the doors of Judaism to many of Poland's estimated 200,000 potential Jews and building the framework for renewed religious life. Our outreach programs focus on educating individuals and helping them build Progressive religious communities, or havurot, which are incipient congregations. So far we have established havurot in numerous Polish cities. Some are on their way to becoming congregations. Jewish Renewal in Poland embraces continuity with the Jewish past in Poland, but it is not a memorial project. Continue reading.
A New Prayer Book, a New Moment For Jewish Rebirth and Development! Beit Polska is most pleased to announce the publication of a historic prayer book for the Union of Progressive Congregations in Poland – Sidur Beit Polin. Copies of the Sidur will be mailed to sponsors of the project this coming month. For details about how to acquire your copy, please contact RabbiBeliak@JewishRenewalinPoland.org. Learn more.
June 22nd -July 8th 2016 Insiders' Tour of Poland Led by Rabbi Haim Beliak, Executive Director of Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland (Beit Polska), and Professor Richard Hecht of the University of California at Santa Barbara. This fascinating tour will focus on the diversity of viewpoints that made Polish Jewish life the source of modern Jewish life—from Jewish socialism, to Yiddish culture, to the various branches of Zionism, to Hassidic communities. A participant of the 2015 tour praised it as "a wonderful and memorably meaningful trip -- really a kind of pilgrimage where we learned and learned." Click here to learn more, or write to RabbiBeliak@JewishRenewalinPoland.org
Recent Blog Posts
Balak: Are we a people that “dwells alone”? By Dr. Halina Postek July 22, 2016/16 Tammuz 5776 – This week’s Torah portion Balak is the only parasha in the entire Torah in which the conveyed events are made known to us not because the Israelites participated in them (they were the ones who witnessed all the other events described in the Torah). Rather, we ... Polish Jews Reviving
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Match My Torah! Congregations die, and other congregations need their Torah scrolls From Tablet Magazine, 7/13/16, By Jan Jaben-Eilon In April, Sarnat facilitated the donation of a Torah by Temple Hadar Israel in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Beit Centrum Ki Tov, a brand new Progressive congregation in the center of Warsaw, Poland. In a couple of whirlwind weeks, ... Rabbi Beliak's Blog