Friends of Jewish Renewal In Poland

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.

Featured This Month

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 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

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Difficult, Diffident Desert Leadership – Winning the hearts and minds? 24th June, 2016/18 Sivan 5776  Moses is confronted by the mob: “If only we had meat to eat!” (Numbers 11:4). This demand comes a little over two years into their sojourn out of slavery. They were encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai until very recently. The journey was recently resumed and the challenges appear. ... Polish Jews Reviving

David Wisnia, Avi Wisnia, Piotr Mirski, and Rivka Foremniak Please enjoy a remarkable Warsaw concert by David Wisnia and his grandson, Avi Wisnia. The concert took place October 24, 2015 in new concert venue in the Praga district of Warsaw. Many people remarked on the powerful symbolism of David Wisnia’s pride in returning to Poland and telling the narrative of his life which he ... Rabbi Beliak's Blog