For over eight hundred years, the life of the Jews in Poland focused around the community, synagogues, houses of prayer, a yeshiva. Due to the high level of education, yeshivas operating in Poland had a special prestige. The rabbis who led them constituted social, spiritual and religious elite. There were many prominent thinkers and leaders among them. They became famous not only among Jewish circles in Poland and abroad, but also in Polish history and culture.
The exhibition consists of various objects, paintings, old prints and photographs from the collections of the Jewish Historical Institute. They allow you to learn the iconography of the rabbis, observe the changes, and see what remained constant.
On the exhibition we will present short films, in which three rabbis currently operating in Poland (Michael Schudrich, Shalom Ber Stambler, and Stas Wojciechowicz) answer two questions: what it means to be a rabbi in the world today and what it means to be a rabbi in Poland.
Opening of the exhibition will be preceded by Chanukah candle lighting ceremony at 17.30. The exhibition will be on display until June 30, 2013.