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.

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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

Recent Blog Posts

Dvar Torah Pesach “All real living is meeting” -Martin Buber Nisan 21, 5776 On this final Shabbat of Pesach and on my final Shabbat in here in Poland, I would like to offer a few thoughts about the meaning of community and about how we can look ahead in our personal and communal journeys. In his book I ... Polish Jews Reviving

Dominica enters the “Dragon’s Den” and emerges a Winner!   Dominica Zakrzewska won the Dragons’ Den award in London at the World/European Union for Progressive Judaism biennial conference April 15 to 17. This award was given for the best pitch of ideas/programs in front of an audience and two prominent “Dragons” Rabbi Andrew Goldstein and Dr. Rosalind Copisarow. Each of the seven contestants were ... Rabbi Beliak's Blog