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World’s largest shofar installed in Kraków

World’s largest shofar installed in Kraków
(Image: JCC Krakow/ Facebook)

5 October 2015

In celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the world’s largest shofar was installed in Kraków, Poland’s second city, last month.

The shofar is a Jewish instrument usually made from a ram’s horn and traditionally blown on Rosh Hashanah. It was given to the Jewish community of Kraków by American sculptor Richard Edelman and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

The 17-foot sculpture SHOFAR KRAKOW: Call To Return is the tallest working shofar in the world. It was installed prior to Rosh Hashanah in the courtyard between the Jewish Community Centre and Tempel Synagogue in Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter of the city. Made from stainless steel, the sculpture acts as an amplifier for the sound of the traditional ram’s horn shofar.

“This striking shofar is the perfect symbol of Kraków’s Jewish revival. Rooted in tradition yet intensely contemporary, Shofar Krakow, like Kraków’s reborn Jewish community, boldly calls out to the Jewish world to announce its presence,” stated Jonthan Ornstein, the executive director of the Jewish Community Centre.

Source: Krakow Post