By Marian Rubin, Coordinator, the Rzeszow Research Group
Last updated: June 2008
There is no organized Jewish community today in Rzeszow.
There may be
a few Jews living there. There is a small
Jewish community in Przemysl and a larger Jewish
community in Krakow.
Two Synagogues and the old cemetery
The 2 large synagogues are still standing in Rzeszow.
The Old Synagogue,
pictured on our Rzeszow website, is now the Rzeszow
branch of the Polish State
Archives. Address: Ul. Boznica 4 .
In 1997, some members of the Reyshe Landsmanschaft in
Israel held a ceremony
in Rzeszow to affix a memorial plaque to the Old
The newer synagogue is separated from the old synagogue
by 2 buildings, and is
now an art gallery.
There is a grassy park in front of the 2 buildings. But
it is much more than grass--
it was the Jewish cemetery, and it was the point at
which the Jews were forced
to assemble to walk to their deportation to the
Staroniwa Railway Station.
If you visit Rzeszow on a day when the Archive is open,
ask someone if they will
show you the upstairs where there may be something
visible of the original synagogue.
I don't know exactly what is there, whether there is a
remnant of the women's section,
or wall decorations. If you see it, I'd like a report.
The New Cemetery
thanks to Elisha Amidan for the directions)
If you have a guide, ask him to take you to the other
cemetery, the "newer"
cemetery, where a few stones are still standing. You can
see some of the photos
on our Rzeszow website. Some stones
photographed are legible, so you may
see a family name. There may be more stones visible in
the cemetery than those
shown on our website.
This cemetery is shown on a current map of Rzeszow as
It is located somewhat out of the town center, on the
Eastern bank of the
Drive eastward along Pilsudskiego Street to Lwowska St..
Approximately 100 meters after crossing the river, turn
right (south) to Al. T. Rejtana.
Second turn to the left (east) is Dolowa Street (Ul.
Dolowa) and the cemetery is
immediately on the right side.
Next to the Cemetery gate is a pink house. The man who
lives there will let you
in to the Cemetery. It is customary to give him a small
The Old Town
Ask someone to direct you to the "old town", where the
Jews lived. Look for
the Rynek (town square) where the market days took
place. The name Rynek
is in use today. A map shows the Rynek as part of
"J.Matejki" street. Many
Jewish homes were on the Rynek or nearby. I think that
the buildings in the old
town look much as they did before the War, but may have
been re-built. Ask your
guide what changes took place. If you know the names of
the streets where your
relatives lived, you may be able to find those streets.
However, some street names
have been changed.
Mass Graves in the woods of Glogow
Glogow Woods, about 6 miles north of Rzeszow, is the
site of mass graves for
approximately 5,000 Jews from Rzeszow and nearby towns
who were murdered there
by the Germans. In 1995, the Rzeszow Landsmanschaft in
Israel dedicated a beautiful
memorial site in Glogow woods. It is a very isolated
area, so it would be prudent
to go with several other people. The ceremony was
attended by Jews who were natives
of Rzeszow living in Israel, Canada, France and the US,
and by several Jews living in
Poland. Others who attended included officials and
citizens of the city of Rzeszow
and several priests. A Polish Army band played somber
The late Mr. Natan Beck z”l, a native of Rzeszow living
in Israel, led the prayers. Mrs. Klara Ma'ayan,
President of the Rzeszow
Landsmanschaft in Israel spoke. The mayor of Rzeszow and
a priest also spoke. The mayor and some other officials
in the planning and building of the memorial site in