ChanuKrakow: Celebrating Hanukkah at the JCC Krakow

Christmas Markets aren’t the only thing happening in Krakow this time of year- just a short look at part of the ChanuKrAkow celebrations at the Jewish Community Center in Krakow this year!

We were lucky enough to be able to attend just part of the ChanuKrakow celebrations this year in the Kazimierz District. Hundreds gathered at the Jewish Community Center in Krakow or as we call it the JCC, to take part in a myriad of workshops, discussions and movie screenings. Plus the lighting of the 5th Chanukah candle.


Our first workshop of the evening was led by Hadley Baumol and Kasia Leonardi. These wonderful chefs taught us how to make traditional doughnuts and potato pancakes (latkes)! We got to form the dough, fry it, and top it with deliciousness; such as, chocolate, glaze, sprinkles, and more… Some were even lucky enough to put jelly inside their donuts!


After that it was on to the 3rd floor of the JCC to take part in a candle-making class led by Max Zubek. Everyone’s candles were so beautiful- and all very different. Some were beeswax designs, while others were beautifully decorated votive candles.


Thanks again for having us! And Happy Hanukkah (or Chanukah)!

For more information on the Jewish Community Center in Krakow visit their website or Facebook Page. And if you are curious about the ChanuKrakow Event this was the schedule this season:

From the JCC Facebook Event Page:


Chanukah for everyone!
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:30pm

JCC Krakow is excited to announce the Third Annual CHANUKrAkow – a special Chanukah celebration open to the public! Join us and meet two of Krakow’s rabbis, see a holiday film, and listen to Chanukah songs. We are hosting workshops where you can learn how to make your own candles and prepare kosher Chanukah doughnuts and latkes! There will also be special programs for children.

5:30 – 5:45pm – Lighting the 5th Chanukah candle with Rabbi Avi Baumol

5:45 – 6:00pm – ChanuConcert – JCC Krakow Choir Chanukah Concert, conducted by Walentyn Dubrowski

5:45 – 7:30pm – ChanuKids – Chanukah Workshop for children and youth. Led by: Magdalena Pulikowska and Mateusz Lagosz
During Chanukah there will be plenty of activities for children. If you don’t know yet what dreidel, sufganiyah or chanukiah is, join us at the JCC! We will learn together about traditions and customs of the joyous holiday of Chanukah.

6:00 – 7:00pm – ChanuCinema – Chanukah Film Screening and discussion with Rabbi Eliezer Gurary and director Paulina Fiejdasz
Chanukah is a documentary film directed by Paulina Fiejdasz as a part of “Shalom Poland” series, presenting the Jewish community’s revival in Kazimierz. Rabbi Eliezer Gurary and his family will share all of the secrets connected to the Festival of Lights – Chanukah.

*6:00 – 7:00pm – Candle Making Workshop, group I Led by: Max Zubek
Chanukah is an eight day holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. During each night, we light candles (one for each day) to commemorate the story of the Maccabis. This workshop will be an opportunity to create your own special candles with Chanukah motifs.

7:00 – 7:30pm – The Spirit of Man is the Lamp of the Lord: Why we light Chanukah candles. Lecture by Rabbi Avi Baumol.

*7:00 – 7:30 ChanuCooking – Quick Cooking Workshop: Doughnuts and latkes. Group I. Led by: Hadley Baumol and Kasia Leonardi
During Chanukah, we traditionally eat foods fried in oil. The most popular are doughnuts and potato pancakes (latkes). Why? Join the workshop to find out why!

*7:30 – 8:00pm ChanuCooking – Quick Cooking Workshop: Doughnuts and latkes. Group II. Led by: Hadley Baumol and Kasia Leonardi

*7:30 – 8:30pm – Candle Making Workshop, group II Led by: Max Zubek

*8:00 – 8:30pm – ChanuCooking – Quick Cooking Workshop: Doughnuts and latkes. Group III. Led by: Hadley Baumol and Kasia Leonardi

Entrance is free.

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