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A Visit To My Father’s Kever

5 Sivan 5770 – May 18, 2010
I recently returned from a visit to Eretz Yisrael, where I go yearly for my father's yahrzeit. As always, my husband, and my sister and her family accompanied me. On the way to the cemetery, we were fortunate to hail a taxi driver who spoke fluent English. He had made aliyah many years before from East Flatbush, where my husband and I lived.

Po-Lin

8 Av 5769 – July 29, 2009
Dynow         Cleaning works are underway on the grounds of the Jewish cemetery in Dynow. The works are being carried out by the members of...

News From Poland

18 Sivan 5769 – June 10, 2009
Przemysl               On June 22, 2009 a tablet commemorating the former Scheinbach Synagogue building (today the town library) will be unveiled in Przemysl. The ceremony...

Ostroleka Jewish Cemetery Exposed During Roadwork

4 Sivan 5769 – May 27, 2009
The Jewish community in Ostroleka Poland was first established in the 17th century and like all other communities in Poland saw good times and bad. At the beginning of the 20th century the community numbered 6,219. During WWI the Russian Army destroyed the town while retreating and many Jews left for other cities, especially Warsaw. But after the war, Jews returned to Ostrolekaand by 1921 they numbered 3,352, more then a third of the total population.

Ostroleka Jewish Cemetery Exposed During Roadwork

The Jewish community in Ostroleka Poland was first established in the 17th century and like all other communities in Poland saw good times and bad. At the beginning of the 20th century the community numbered 6,219. During WWI the Russian Army destroyed the town while retreating and many Jews left for other cities, especially Warsaw. But after the war, Jews returned to Ostrolekaand by 1921 they numbered 3,352, more then a third of the total population.

Po-Lin

7 Nisan 5769 – April 1, 2009
Purim in Tarnow        On March 9, 2009, the first Purim celebrations in many years took place in Tarnow. The program included the reading of...

Brzostek Rediscovers Its Jewish Past

8 Adar 5769 – March 4, 2009
The mayor of Brzostek, a Galician shtetl to the east of Tarnow and not far from Pilzno, has recently agreed to restore the memory of the Jews to his town. The Jewish cemetery is to be fenced and a monument erected there, and an additional plaque in memory of the Jews who used to live there is to be unveiled in the town center. The plaque will be unveiled and the cemetery rededicated in a ceremony to take place on Sunday June 14, 2009.

Cemetery Cleanup In Poland

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
Recently I wrote about the partial desecration of the cemetery in Bilgoraj, by a construction company, despite the promises of local officials that no defilement would take place.

Cemetery Cleanup In Poland

Recently I wrote about the partial desecration of the cemetery in Bilgoraj, by a construction company, despite the promises of local officials that no defilement would take place.

Protecting Jewish Cemeteries In Poland And Around The World

14 Heshvan 5769 – November 12, 2008
Last week I wrote about the discovery of human remains beyond the fence of a Jewish cemetery in Bilgoraj, Poland, showing that the boundaries of the cemetery went beyond the supposed size of the protected site.

Protecting Jewish Cemeteries In Poland And Around The World

Last week I wrote about the discovery of human remains beyond the fence of a Jewish cemetery in Bilgoraj, Poland, showing that the boundaries of the cemetery went beyond the supposed size of the protected site.

Tragedy In Bilgoraj Jewish Cemetery

7 Heshvan 5769 – November 5, 2008
Last week I wrote about the Bilgoraj group that traveled to Poland last year and had a somewhat good experience.

Tragedy In Bilgoraj Jewish Cemetery

Last week I wrote about the Bilgoraj group that traveled to Poland last year and had a somewhat good experience.

Passing The Torch: The Piotrkow Shabbaton

23 Tishri 5769 – October 22, 2008
Last week I wrote how important it is that the second generation of Holocaust survivors begin to take over the work of preserving the memory of Jewish life and culture in the many towns and cities that had been mostly destroyed during the Shoah.

Passing The Torch

16 Tishri 5769 – October 15, 2008
In just a few weeks we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the day that, for many people, marks the beginning of the Shoah.

Conference Of Poles Caring For Jewish Heritage

17 Elul 5768 – September 17, 2008
The first national conference of non-Jewish Poles, who care for Jewish heritage sites in Poland, has just taken place.

Strength of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

6 Tammuz 5768 – July 9, 2008
In mid-December, I traveled to Eretz Yisroel with my wife, Chanie, for a twofold purpose. Firstly, I wanted to visit my two children who are learning in yeshivos there. Secondly, in light of the fact that I had assumed the position of executive director of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, I wanted to solicit as many brochos from gedolim as possible, and to pray at kivrei tzaddikim (graves of righteous people).

Restoration Of Poznan Cemetery

A few weeks ago I wrote about the ceremony in Poznan, rededicating the Jewish cemetery, in which the famous Rabbi Akiva Eiger is interred.

Lodz

22 Sivan 5768 – June 25, 2008
Of all the formerly large Jewish communities in Poland, Lodz is one of the best organized today.

Restoration Of Poznan Cemetery

15 Sivan 5768 – June 18, 2008
During my trip to Poland last year, I witnessed the restoration project underway in the city of Poznan.

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