Renewal Personified:
The Three Decades
of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival

It is difficult to believe that the first installment of the world-acclaimed Krakow Jewish Culture Festival took place over thirty years ago.
It was in 1988—in the shadow of the crumbling Communist regime—that two dedicated non-Jewish activists attempted the impossible: bringing a celebration of Jewish culture into the public arena in Poland for the first time since before World War II.

Today, in an increasingly divided world, the Festival with its inclusive and welcoming message, appears to be more relevant than ever before. 

Join Janusz Makuch, the co-founder and current director of the Festival, in conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi, the highly acclaimed author and long-time friend of the Festival, exploring its influence on Jewish life and culture in Poland and beyond.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

PDT: 11:00 a.m.

EDT: 2:00 p.m.

UK: 7:00 p.m.

CET: 8:00 p.m.

Israel: 9:00 p.m.

Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He co-directs the Institute's Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), which teaches young Americans about Judaism, Jewish identity, and Israel. By 2021, over 150 people participated in this unique program. Halevi’s 2013 book Like Dreamers won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book of the Year Award. His latest publication, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, is a New York Times bestseller. Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Israel in 1982 and now lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah and their three children.

Janusz Makuch is the founder and director of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow. He organized the first edition in 1988 and later developed it into an annual internationally-recognized event. Currently, the festival spans 10 days and features more than 200 events presenting contemporary Jewish culture to an international audience of more than 30,000 people. In 2008 Janusz Makuch was awarded the Polonia Restituta Order and received the Irena Sendlerowa Award from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. In 2018, he was awarded the honorary “Friend of Israel” (Yakir Israel).

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