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Festival office and Jewish Culture Festival Society

Jewish Culture Festival Society was founded in 1995 in order to organize annual editions of the festival. Nowadays beside running the festival, our Society is responsible for the all year round activities in the Cheder, as well as for program for volunteers – The Machers. Festival office represents the Society in all its activities.

Janusz Makuch, director of the festival

Founder of the festival and its director from the very first edition. For his work he has been awarded with numerous awards and medals in Poland and abroad, including Polonia Restituta medal from the President of the Republic of Poland, Irena Sendlerowa Award from the Taube Foundation as well as an award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promotion of Poland abroad.

Katarzyna Wydra, deputy director

She graduated tourism at the Academy of Physical Education and Culture Management at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She joined the festival in 1999 and is responsible for programming, production and logistic of the festival.

Robert Gądek, deputy director

Graduated Polish Philology at the Jagiellonian University and Arts Management Training Initiative Scotland. Since 2005 he coordinates PR and fundraising activities, as well as production of the festival. He is also a media contact on behalf of the festival.

Paweł Kowalewski, program manager

Graduated from Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Tel Aviv University, joined the festival team in 2011. He is responsible for programming – both for the festival as well as for the Cheder.

Aleksandra Ziętek, manager of volunteering program

Graduated culture management at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She started to cooperate with the festival in 2013 as a volunteer, since 2016 coordinates the entire volunteering program.

Judith Paletta, intern

Graduated East European Studies and Political Sciences at the universities in Cologne, Germany and Krakow, Poland. She continued her studies at the Free University in Berlin. She volunteered at the festival between 2014 and 2016. In 2017 Judith started her intern in the festival office, helping in realization and production of program events both during the festival and in Cheder.

Contact us

Jewish Culture Festival 
36, Józefa Street, 31-056 Kraków, Poland

Festival office is open 
from Monday to Thursday – between 9 am and 5 pm
on Fridays – between 9 am and 4 pm
the office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays

telephone: + 48 12 431 15 17
e-mail: office(at)

Direct e-mail addresses of the staff members
Janusz Makuch: makuch(at)
Katarzyna Wydra: kasia(at)
Robert Gądek: robert(at)
Paweł Kowalewski: pawel(at)
Aleksandra Ziętek: aleksandra(at)
Judith Paletta:

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Jewish Culture Festival Society - information

The Society presents i promotes contemporary Jewish culture from Israel and the entire Diaspora. By doing so, we aim to eliminate anti-Semitism and to create a friendly and welcoming environment for the growing Jewish community. To achieve these aims, the Society organizes annual Jewish Culture Festival, all year round programs at the Cheder as well as by developing and promoting ideas of voluntary work as a part of the program called The Machers.

The Society is a non-governmental and non-profit charity, registered in Poland.

Society's governing bodies

Board of the Society
Janusz Makuch – President
Anna Jędrocha – Secretary
Marek Grochowski – Treasurer

Audit Commission
Małgorzata Walczak
Dorota Szlenk-Dziubek
Krystyna Sowińska

Accounting of the Society 
Maria Bobrowska – Chief Accountant
Elżbieta Woch-Stopa – Deputy Chief Accountant
Klaudia Czaja – Independent Accountant

Jewish Culture Festival Society
Stowarzyszenie Festiwal Kultury Żydowskiej
36, Józefa Stree, 31-056 Kraków, Poland

NIP: 676-20-55-190 (Tax Identification Number)
REGON: 350806019 (Company Register Number)
KRS: 0000168258 (Charity Registration Number)

Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A. Oddział Kraków
ul. Armii Krajowej 18, 30-150 Kraków

Numer rachunku (IBAN)
PL 78 1750 1048 0000 0000 0318 1348
SWIFT code:

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