Kazimierz, Krakow Poland
Calling 6 Kupa Street our home, is a privilege. This Ulica is an important remnant of the thriving days the Jewish community enjoyed in this city. Situated to our left, is the magnificent Izaak Synagogue
(read more about it below).
Enclosed within the Kazimierz neighborhood, also known as the Jewish Quarter prior to World War II, one can't help but feel he is walking on the footprints of history. Choosing to serve Jewish cuisine, prepared by Israeli chefs, on a an ancient Krakow street, is another way we, at Zelig's, are committed to serving you an authentic slice of history.
The Izaak Synagogue or Isaac Synagogue, formally known as the Isaak Jakubowicz Synagogue, is a Prayerhouse built in 1644 in the historic Kazimierz District of Kraków, Poland. The synagogue is named for its donor, Izaak Jakubowicz (d. 1673), also called Isaac the Rich, a banker to King Władysław IV. The synagogue was designed by Francesco Olivierri, an Italian working in Poland in that era. Jakubowicz is buried in the Remah Cemetery. Variants of the name include Ayzik, Izaak, and Isaac. Izaak is the standard Polish spelling, while Jakubowicz is Polish for a "Son of Jacob."
The founder of the synagogue is the hero of a well-known legend. Ayzik Jakubowicz, a pious but poor Jew, dreamed that there was treasure hidden under the old bridge in Prague. Without delay, he made his way there. On arrival, it turned out the bridge was guarded by a squad of soldiers and that digging was out of the question. Ayzik told the officer about his dream, promising him half of the booty. The officer retorted, "Only fools like Polish Jews can possibly believe in dreams. For several nights now I have been dreaming that in the Jewish town of Kazimierz there is hidden treasure in the oven of the home of the poor Jew Ayzik Jakubowicz. Do you think I am so stupid as to go all the way to Cracow and look for the house of this Isaac the son of Jacob?". Ayzik returned home immediately, took the oven apart, found the treasure and became rich. After this it was said: 'There are some things which you can look for the world over, only to find them in your own home. Before you realize this, however, you very often have to go on along journey and search far and wide