Although the Jewish community existed in Będzin since the 16th century, the history of Jewish colonization dates back to the Middle Ages. For hundreds of years the city of Będzin has been the center of Jewish life of the greatest importance in the surrounding area, while its location – within the south-western boundary of the Polish Kingdom – gave an exceptional significance to the local commune. Prior to the Second World War, the upstanding Jewish community numbered nearly 30 thousand people, which constituted 50% of all the city residents.
As we consider, it is particularly vital to undertake educational activity involving the local dwellers into the practical protection of the Jewish heritage, or at least broadening their knowledge of the Jewish history of the city and within the region.
We strongly believe we ought to do this for the present-day residents of the city, to acquaint them with the rich Jewish heritage, which is to be much appreciated, as it constitutes our common history.
The Brama Cukermana Foundation was established on March 10th, 2009 in Będzin at the initiative of Karolina and Piotr Jakoweńko.
The impulse for which it has come into existence was the strong need of saving the Jewish House of Prayer, situated in the so-called Cukerman’s Gate, where the historic polychromies have been preserved.
The major goals of our activity are:
The care and protection of Jewish culture monuments as well as the commemoration of the Jews’ many centuries-presence in Będzin and within the region.
The education of the local community together with actions to the benefit of mutual tolerance and understanding amongst cultures.
Conducting research on the history and life of Jews in Będzin and within the region.