ADJCP's Purpose

Born out of a desire to preserve Jewish culture in central Poland.

map of central Poland
About the ADJCP


Jewish Central Poland encompasses the Jewish communities that existed before the Second World War in the area where the four central provinces of contemporary Poland converge: Wielkopolska, Kujawy-Pomerania, Mazovia, and Ziemia Łódzka. The ADJCP focuses its activities on the Jewish communities of the cities and towns that are explicitly listed on its website, mailing list, and official documents. Such list is periodically reviewed and updated by the Association’s Board of Directors.

The ADJCP is open to all the persons who, regardless of their current religion, ethnicity, or national origin, trace their ancestry, fully or partially, to families from the Jewish communities of Central Poland.

The purpose of the ADJCP is the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Jewish communities of Central Poland, including their legacy of physical structures, artifacts, and intangible attributes inherited from past generations. In fulfillment of this goal, the association will develop initiatives to:

  • Promote historical research on the history and destruction of the Jewish communities of Central Poland.
  • Support the genealogical research of the descendants of the region’s Jewish communities.
  • Translate into English the existing memorial books about the Jewish communities of Central Poland.
  • Work with Jewish and Polish institutions to protect and restore the Jewish cemeteries in the region.
  • Cooperate with Polish municipalities and civil groups interested in the Jewish history of their towns.
  • Collaborate with existing groups of descendants of individual Jewish communities of Central Poland.
  • Coordinate activities with other regional organizations of descendants of Jewish Poland.
  • Maintain a Website and a Discussion Forum Mailing List devoted to the interests and activities of the Association.

(Image above: Yosef Kutner scans recovered matzevot fragments from the Jewish Cemetery in Kutno. His book Broken Memories: Remains from the Jewish Cemetery in Kutno contains many images of shattered gravestones.)