JCC Krakow: Rabbi Avi Baumol, Jonathan Ornstein

Global Day ON AIR 2018: JCC Krakow

From Auschwitz by Bicycle: the Extraordinary Journey to JCC Krakow

LIVE at 8am EST on November 11
Join Rabbi Avi Baumol and Jonathan Ornstein of the Jewish Community Centre in Krakow for an emotional and spiritual journey: Ride for the Living. This annual event is a 55-mile (90 km) bicycle ride that starts in Auschwitz-Birkenau, a place of remembrance and sorrow, and finishes at JCC Krakow, a place of hope that is working towards a brighter Jewish future and a stronger Jewish presence in the city. This is a transformational and one-of-a-kind experience that brings together all generations of Krakow’s Jewish community as well as participants from different countries across the world.

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Rabbi Avi Baumol is serving the Jewish community of Krakow as it undergoes a revitalization as part of a resurgence of Jewish awareness in Poland. He is also the Emissary of Shavei Israel in Krakow, Poland. He graduated Yeshiva University and Bernard Revel Graduate School with an MA in Medieval Jewish History. He is a musmach of RIETS and studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut. He served as a rabbi in Vancouver British Columbia for five years. Rabbi Baumol is the author of “The Poetry of Prayer” (Gefen Publishing, 2010).

Since its opening in April 2008 by HRH, The Prince of Wales, Jonathan Ornstein has served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow, an organization devoted to rebuilding Jewish life in Krakow. The JCC boasts over 700 Jewish members, welcomes 10,000 visitors a month and has become one of Poland’s most visible signs of Jewish revival. Prior to the JCC’s opening in 2008, he lectured in Modern Hebrew at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University Department of Jewish Studies for 6 years and founded the “Gesher” association for Polish-Israeli dialogue. A native of New York City, Jonathan moved to Israel in 1994, living for 7 years on a kibbutz in the Negev desert and serving for 2 years in a combat unit in the I.D.F. before making his way to Poland in 2001. He is a founding member of the Krakow Association of Christians and Jews where he serves as vice president. He also serves on the boards of the Krakow branch of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust organization and JCC Global. In 2014 Jonathan was awarded the Cohon Award for services benefiting the Jewish People and in 2015 he was awarded the “Bene Merito” medal by the Polish Foreign Ministry for his work promoting Poland.