The Prof. Moses Schorr Foundation runs an educational centre for secular and religious Jewish studies and the largest Hebrew language school in Poland. Inspired by the teachings of rabbi Moses Schorr (1873-1941), we open our doors to all students eager to dive into Judaism and Jewish learning in a contemporary context respectful of tradition. Our programs aim to deepen the understanding of Jewish values irrespective of religious affiliation.

 

Many of our students have joined various Jewish organizations, while others have become more understanding of the State of Israel. The name of our patron, an accomplished educator and the last chief rabbi of Warsaw’s Great Synagogue, has become a signpost for the greatest of Jewish values: the quest for knowledge. Each month, hundreds of students greet each other, saying “let’s go to Schorr".

 

Created with the support of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in 2003, our Foundation receives funding from Poland’s Jewish communities, governmental institutions and private donors.

 

  

Come to enjoy:

 

Diving into Judaism -- Our Judaism curriculum consists of five themes: Texts, Time, Ethics, Law and Nation. We offer seminars and workshops as well as lectures by Israeli scholars via video-conference. Students meet rabbis, renowned professors and commentators to explore issues facing contemporary society as it confronts tradition. Several of our lecture series have been compiled into books, published by our Foundation, which can be used for further study.

 

Hebrew classroom courses, intensive summer school and our e-platform “Makledet”. Our curriculum is designed for Polish speakers and supplemented with teaching materials, exercise books and informal learning tools. Our web-based program offers unique access to learning in Polish for students living outside the main urban centers. Every two years we organise workshops for Hebrew teachers, in cooperation with Israeli educators.

 

Our “Closer to Israel” program offers lectures, meetings with Israeli personalities and screenings of Israeli films. Past themes have included the political history of Israel and contemporary Israeli society in poetry. We present the beauty and diversity of Israel through multi-media articles on a variety of subjects from archeology through cinema to poetry, on our internet page www.schorr.edu.pl.

 

 

 

 

"The road to the love of Judaism, the road to faithfulness and devotion to the religion and the road to the nation leads through an intellectual exploration of the meaning of Judaism and through discovering our magnificent past and written treasures.” 

Rabbi Prof. Dr Moses Schorr

     

 

Professor Moses Schorr (born in Poland in 1874, died in Uzbekistan in 1941) 

 

Last rabbi of the Great Synagogue in Warsaw

As chief and the last rabbi of Warsaw’s Great Synagogue, one of the largest synagogues in the world at the time, professor Schorr focused on laying the foundations for far-reaching education. Before taking the prestigious post in Warsaw, he launched a trade union of Jewish studies teachers in Lvov, and later he became one of the founders of Warsaw’s Judaic Institute and the Main Judaic Library of the Great Synagogue. He wanted to “breathe fresh spirit into the centuries’ old traditions and institutions” of Warsaw’s famed progressive synagogue. The war put a tragic end to his mission. 

 

Renowned historian

One of the top historians in pre-war Poland, professor Schorr was the first to research in depth the history of Polish Jews. An expert on Babylonian and Assyrian law, and a professor of Semitic languages and ancient oriental history in Lvov, he lectured at the Warsaw University concurrently with his post in the Great Synagogue. In 1937, he was awarded an honoris cause from the Theological Seminary of America. 

 

Hebrew scholar

Schorr believed that the future of Jews depended on the Hebrew language and the fate of Palestine as the heart of culture and learning for the entire Diaspora. A staunch supporter of publishing in Hebrew and an advocate of setting up a Jewish base in Palestine , Schorr was also a member of the management of the Jewish Agency and ran the Polish branches of Keren Hayesod and Friends of Hebrew University Society. He was a guest of honour at the opening of the Hebrew University in 1925. 

 

Activist

In 1935 he became a member of the Polish Senate. He headed the Committee to Save Polish Jews, actively participating in the fight against economic boycotts of Jews by anti-Semitic groups.  

 

Schorr was arrested by Russians during their occupation of Polish territories. Under charges of contrrevolution, he was sent to a hard labour camp in Uzbekistan where died on July 8, 1941.

 

 


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