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  • 04 Jan 2018 7:06 PM | John Henry Fullen (Administrator)

    With the support of the Taube Philanthropies and UC Berkeley Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the former President of Poland (2010-2015) Honorable Bronisław Komorowski is visiting the Bay Area.  

    The San Francisco - Kraków Sister Cities Association, hosted a reception to welcome him and learn about Current Security Concerns for NATO, Europe and the U.S, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in San Mateo. 

  • 07 Feb 2017 5:17 PM | John Henry Fullen (Administrator)

    An intriguing new Bridge Documentary airs this Saturday, 2/11 at 3pm on KQED World PBS - Channels 9.3 & 54.5 / XFINITY 190  

    BRIDGING URBAN AMERICA tells the story of how an impassioned European immigrant and influential 20th century bridge designer contributed to the building of a modern America. Riveting stories about some of the most spectacular 20th century bridges, as the controversial San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the monumental Ben Franklin in Philadelphia, the Huey P. Long Bridge with its New Orleans politics and the catastrophic Quebec Bridge construction & reconstruction, pivotal in engineering history. The melding of Science + Art, Math + Music, Mother Nature + Man's ability to transcend.

    "The filmmakers have resurrected one of the unjustly forgotten giants of American civil engineering: Ralph Modjeski. His masterpiece remains the still awe-inspiring San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which ranks among the best of the New Deal’s efforts to lift the country from the Great Depression...and a keystone of the Bay Area’s economy."  – Gary Brechin, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

    “This outstanding film about a visionary engineer and America’s bridges could not have come at a better time, showing as it does the importance of infrastructure to a nation’s economy, culture, and sense of self-worth.” –Henry Petroski, Duke University and author of Engineers of Dreams

    A Film by Basia + Leonard Myszynski / Produced by sOlar eye communications

    View trailer:

    For more information, contact Filmmaker Basia Myszynski at / 949 400

    A dual language DVD (Polish/English) is available, courtesy of San Francisco - Krakow Sister Cities Association and Legion of Polish Young Women.

  • 01 Nov 2016 5:00 PM | John Henry Fullen (Administrator)

    Dr. Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs will speak on "The Past is a Foreign Country: Poland Confronted with Holocaust History" with Dr. Sven Erik-Rose of UC Davis as respondent.

    Tuesday, November 1st at 5:00 p.m. 

    Graduate Theological Union's Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA

    Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs, PhD, is Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and is the author of "Me - Us - Them. Ethnic Prejudices and Alternative Methods of Education: The Case of Poland" (Kraków, 2003). 

  • 07 May 2016 5:55 PM | Anonymous

    Polish Flag Raising at City Hall 


    See Facebook pictures of Flag Raising  --

    an annual event sponsored by Sister Cities and the Polish American Congress


    Listen to Consul General Brymora's speech at City Hall


    Maureen Mroczek Morris hosted an exhibit following Flag Raising

    (at the War Memorial Veterans' Building & Performing Arts Center)

    for the opening of the Karski Exhibit that followed flag raising.


    Pictures are also on the Facebook as well as

    Consul Brymora's speech




  • 05 May 2016 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    Holocaust Remembrance Day 



  • 25 Apr 2016 9:27 AM | Anonymous

    Happy Passover from Kraków 



  • 30 Mar 2016 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    The JCC in Kraków announces the Third Annual Ride For the Living





    A 55-mile fundraising bicycle ride from the Nazi-German concentration camp, Auschwitz to Kraków, Friday, June 3, 2016


    Kraków, Poland – The Third Annual Ride for the Living will take place on Friday, June 3, 2016. The Ride for the Living is a unique event where participants cycle 55 miles (90 km) from the iconic Auschwitz­-Birkenau gate to the Jewish Community Centre in Kraków (JCC Kraków) and participate in four days of educational and community programs. The Ride for the Living commemorates the Holocaust while celebrating the renewal of contemporary Jewish life in Poland today.  The Ride for the Living will be led by the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, and riding next to him will be 81-year-old Auschwitz Holocaust Survivor, Marcel Zielinski.


    The Jewish Community Center Association of North America (JCCA) is offering a satellite Ride for the Living program to JCCs around the U.S. for those unable to travel to Poland to participate.


    The Ride for the Living is an annual event under the patronage of the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich who in 2016 will lead the event himself. “When Jews around the world consider Poland, they have an obligation to not only remember the past, but also to recognize the work being done to bring as many Jews here in Poland back to the Jewish people. The Ride for the Living is  important because Jewish life in Poland is flourishing. 

    Jewish communities around Poland are growing, and while we acknowledge our loss as a people here at the hands of Nazi Germans, we must focus on the future,” explains Rabbi Schudrich. Riders will tour Auschwitz­-Birkenau on Thursday, June 2; cycle the 55 miles from Auschwitz­-Birkenau to the JCC Kraków on Friday, June 3; join the Jewish community of Kraków for a festive Shabbat dinner on Friday night after the ride; and participate in 7@nite ­ --  Night of the Synagogues on Saturday, June 4.


    The JCC Kraków will partner with the JCCA to offer a satellite Ride for the Living program at participating JCCs on Friday, June 3rd concurrent with the Ride in Poland. JCCs will hold dedicated Ride for the Living spin classes where participants will cycle to support ride participants in Poland while learning about the renewal of Jewish life happening in Kraków and across Poland.


    Funds raised from the inaugural 2014 Ride supported a JCC Kraków Holocaust Survivors’ Mission to Israel. For most of these child survivors, it was their first time in Israel and their only opportunity to travel as a community.  In 2015, riders raised over $150,000.00 to launch new educational programs and support medical and welfare services for the JCC’s Holocaust Survivor members. The 2016 Ride for the Living will support ongoing programming for all generations in the community including Holocaust Survivors, students, and children.


    To learn more and register for the Ride for the Living, please or contact Jennifer Singer, JCC Kraków Director of External Relations at


    About the JCC Kraków:

    The Jewish Community Centre of Kraków (JCC Kraków) provides social, educational, and community oriented services to the Jewish community of Kraków. Opened in April 2008 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the JCC has quickly established itself as the focal point of Jewish life in the city both for Krakowians as well as thousands of visitors from Poland and abroad every month. For more information, please visit or


  • 23 Mar 2016 11:44 PM | Anonymous

    Exploring Polin:  Polish-Jewish Heritage Study Tour, Summer 2016




    WHEN: JUNE 15-25, 2016


    For UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE STUDENTS interested in exploring their multicultural heritage in Poland









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