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Hanukkah candles will be lit in the pre-war buildings of Warsaw

During a series of Hanukkah evenings beginning at 6.00 p. m., Hanukkah candles will be lit in several pre-war buildings once connected with the Jewish community of Warsaw.  The project of the Talmon Biran Israeli architectural studio is implemented by the Warsaw Jewish Community in cooperation with the JCC Warsaw, the Keret House and the Polish Institute Tel Aviv.


The action aims to remind the residents of Warsaw of the Jews who had resided in the city before World War II, of their places of residence, their work and ways in which they used to spend their free time. The candles will be lit in the following eight buildings:

  • 9 Próżna Street – a former residential building, today also Strefa Restaurant,
  • 28 Jagiellońska Street – a private apartment adjoining the former Michał Bergson Israeli Orphanage (today Baj Theatre),
  • 11 Ząbkowska Street – a former residential building, today also a pub Łysy Pingwin,
  • 6 Jaktorowska Street – a former Orphanage founded by Janusz Korczak and Stefania Wilczyńska, today Janusz Korczak Children’s Home No 2 and the Korczakianum Centre for Documentation and Research,
  • Junction of Żelazna and Grzybowska Streets – a former “Duschik and Szolce” Factory and a gate to the Ghetto,
  • 41, 43, 45 Sienna Street – former residential buildings, today also the headquarters of the Fabryka Muzyki Foundation,
  • 31 Kłopotowskiego Street – a former ritual bath, today Jacek Kuroń High School,
  • 9a Chmielna Street – the JCC Warsaw, neighbouring 9 Chmielna Street where once the “Jardin d’Hiver” Theatre playing Yiddish dramas was located.

Every day for eight days, at the window of one of the above mentioned buildings, the Hanukkah candles will be placed in such a way as to be visible for every passer-by. Everybody is encouraged to light the candles.

Edit.: Maciej Zdziech