Zamość: The Chassidic Route
Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland was established in March by the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland and the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO). Our mission is to protect and commemorate the surviving monuments of Jewish cultural heritage in Poland.
The priority of our Foundation is the protection of the Jewish cemeteries: in cooperation with other organizations and private donors we saved from destruction, fenced and commemorated several of them (e.g. in Zakopane, Kozienice, Mszczonów, Kłodzko, Iwaniska, Strzegowo, Dubienka, Kolno, Iłża, Wysokie Mazowieckie). The actions of our Foundation cover also the revitalization of particularly important and valuable landmarks of Jewish heritage, e.g. the synagogues in Zamość, Rymanów and Kraśnik. We do not limit our heritage preservation activities only to the protection of objects. It is equally important for us to broaden the public’s knowledge about the history of Jews who for centuries contributed to cultural heritage of Poland.
One of the most important educational activities of our Foundation is the “To Bring Memory Back” program directed to students, with over schools from all around Poland participating in it, and the multimedia Internet portal POLIN – Polish Jews Heritage meant to present the history of the Jewish communities from places in the country. One of the major undertakings by the Foundation is the Chassidic Route project