We are delighted to announce that the conference opening and keynote session for Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence will take place in the beautiful 19th Century Tempel Synagogue, located at the entrance to Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Krakow. The building was designed by architect Ignacy Hercok in a blend of the Moorish and neo-Romanesque styles, and was built in 1860–1862. It is said that the design of the building was inspired by the Leopoldstädter Tempel, in Vienna.
The Tempel Synagogue suffered extensive damage during the Second World War, where it was used as a stable, and fell into further decline during the Soviet era. Following a survey of Jewish heritage sites in Poland, undertaken by the World Monuments Fund, the Synagogue was identified as having outstanding architectural, cultural and symbolic value. Thanks to support from the World Monuments Fund, the city of Krakow and the Jewish community, the building was restored after Poland’s independence in the early 1990’s.
The interior of the Synagogue contains beautifully preserved stained glass windows, and many of its original features have been restored and conserved.
Today the Synagogue is used by the Jewish community for religious ceremonies, and is also a popular venue for concerts, community activities, and cultural events.
On the grounds of the Tempel Synagogue is the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow (JCC). The cultural and educational centre was opened in 2008 by HRH Prince of Wales as part of an initiative to support the remerging Jewish Community in the city. We are delighted to be working with the JCC and the Jewish Community to deliver the conference opening at the Tempel Synagogue on the morning of Monday 3 September. More details to follow!
Click here to read more about the World Monument Fund’s restoration of the Tempel Synagogue.(opens in new window).
With special thanks to the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow and the Tempel Synagogue