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Polish Center For Holocaust Research (Conclusion)

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

         In order to emphasize the magnitude of the Holocaust and genocide, Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology: Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor Henryk Domanski, created the Polish Center for Holocaust Research, on July 2 2003.

 

         The major goal of the Center is to create an interdisciplinary (history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, literature and art) environment for researchers working on the Holocaust. The Center focuses on conducting scientific research; editing books; organizing seminars and conferences; cooperating with other institutions working in the same area; and receiving exchange scholars.

 

          Higher educational activities include forums and lectures at the university level and working together with educational institutions interested in Holocaust education in Poland and abroad. It seems that joint effort of people using different approaches will bring interesting results in this complex research area.


 

 

Polish Jewish Students’ Union

 

         In 1992, the Polish Jewish Students’ and Youth Union was founded. The group wanted to meet the needs of Jewish youths who had been raised in assimilated families, often unaware of their background, who wanted to become acquainted with their own history and culture. In 1995, the organization was officially registered under its current name, the Polish Jewish Students’ Union (known by its Polish abbreviation: PUSZ). It unites not only students, but also all people of Jewish heritage from 16 to 35 years of age.

 

         Members may also have the status of “friend,” which is meant for people who are not Jewish, but nevertheless interested in PUSZ’s activities. PUSZ is a non-religious, apolitical organization that cooperates with all Jewish organizations in Poland. It is also a member of the European and World Unions of Jewish Students. PUSZ has branch offices in Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Katowice, Bielsko-Biala, Poznan and Czestochowa.


 

Polish Jews Forum

 

         The Polish Jews Forum is the first Polish-Jewish online bulletin. The aim is to provide people of different views and religions with information about the culture and customs of the Jewish Diaspora in Poland, a group whose presence there reaches back to Poland’s very earliest days of statehood. Fillippo Buonaccorsi (1437-1496) (also known as Kallimach), the Italian humanist active in Poland, called this Diaspora the very pillar of Kazimierz Jagiellon’s rule.

 

         This Internet magazine’s aim is to contribute to the re-establishment of a Jewish presence in Polish culture, which was forcibly removed by the tragedy of the Holocaust. The forum helps readers better understand the traditions of the Chosen People, assisting some of them also to find their own Jewish roots of which they can be proud.


 

Professor Moses Schorr Foundation


 


         The Foundation was created to promote and implement the educational goals of Professor Moses Schorr (1873-1941), a renowned rabbi, historian, teacher, activist and senator. The foundation creates and develops an education program that fosters understanding of Judaism, Jewish history and the tradition of Polish Jews. The program is implemented through the Education Center run by our Foundation and supported financially by the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. The foundation is open to everyone.


 


         The programs are directed not only at Jews, but also at anyone interested in Jewish culture, because understanding the Jewish tradition fosters tolerance and respect. Program participants with a Jewish background reinforce their identity through learning about their heritage. We offer in-class programs as well as distance learning, which allows us to serve the inhabitants of Warsaw and those from all over Poland.


 

Tslil - Jewish Choir


 


         Tslil Jewish Choir was founded in Lodz in March 2003. One month later its Warsaw branch also began rehearsals. Today there are about 30 members that perform independently and in cultural and artistic events. Though their ages and backgrounds vary, they unite in the pleasure of singing together and bringing Jewish musical heritage to life. The choir believes that its performances break barriers between cultures. The repertoire includes songs and refrains in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino (the latter two are the languages of Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewry, respectively).


 

Union Of Jewish Religious Communities In Poland

 

         The Union was registered in 1993 as successor to the Religious Jewish Confessional Union, founded in 1946. Its legal status is regulated by the state’s relationship to the Jewish religious communities in Poland, passed in 1997, and on internal law. It represents Polish Jews in the restitution of prewar property belonging to the Jewish Communities and other religious legal entities.

 

         The aim of the union’s activities is to organize religious and cultural life for its members in Poland. In particular, the union organizes public worship and the cultivation of religious life, founds and maintains synagogues, religious rites, eating establishments, cemeteries and ritual baths.

 

         It also arranges for ritual slaughter and oversees the preparation and distribution of kosher food. The union also maintains religious institutions, such as the Chevrah Kadisha (“the holy society” – the burial society). The union conducts broad social welfare services and publishes magazines and books. 

 

         It partners with a variety of institutions, including state-run ones, in protecting Jewish heritage in Poland and in the promotion of historical monuments that are also part of Poland’s national heritage. The Union runs Jewish schools, organizes classes, seminars, courses, conferences and training sessions.


 

Viridarium

 

         Viridarium – Polish Students Group against anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Formed in 2001 it operates alongside the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Poland and The Open Republic – Association Against Anti-Semitism And Xenophobia.


The Group works to make the public aware of the crucial problems of contemporary multicultural society.

 

         Consequently, lectures and meetings with distinguished Polish publicists, journalists and scholars are organized to familiarize the public with the issues of human rights and the relations between nations, cultures and religions, coexisting in Poland and throughout Europe.

Secular Organizations In Poland

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008


         I am often asked what Jewish life in Poland is really like. Because I am a practicing religious Jew, I have been told that my writing is often biased towards the religious community and that I ignore the secular Jews who today are the majority in Poland.

 

         For the next few weeks I will focus on the secular organizations within the community. These include theater groups, social groups, student organizations, Holocaust Remembrance/research and many other groups that make up the fabric of the Jewish communities throughout Poland.

 

         Note: While all these organizations have web sites, not all are translated into English. Most of the web sites also include a list of links to other sites that might be of interest.

 

Anielewicz Center


 


         The Mordechaj Anielewicz Center for the Research and Teaching of the History and Culture and Jews in Poland was founded in 1990 on the basis of an agreement between the University of Warsaw and the Jack Fliderbaum Foundation. It currently operates as a department within the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw. The Center runs classes for history students, as well as those from other departments, who are interested in the history and culture of the Polish Jews.

 

         In 2001, a “thematic block” titled “The History of the Polish Jews” was established, which is one of the specializations offered by the Institute for upperclassmen. In addition, field trips are organized for students interested in the history and culture of the Jews in Poland.



 

Auschwitz Jewish Center


 


         The Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation was established in 1995 in New York. Its sister organization in Poland is the Jewish Educational Center Foundation in Auschwitz. The Polish foundation has been active since September 12, 2000. The only synagogue from the town of Oswiecim (Auschwitz) to survive, Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot, is part of the Center. It has been restored with Foundation funds. The Foundation worked for many years before the Jewish Center in Auschwitz could open its doors. The Center’s aim is to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust through studying the history and culture of Polish Jews, taking the small Galician town of Oswiecim as an example. Before the war, over 7,000 Jews lived in the town, which was almost 60 percent of its total residents. The Jewish Center is a place for education, understanding, memory and prayer.


 

Brama Grodzka – Teatr NN


 


         The Center’s main building is the clue to understanding the idea behind it. The Grodzka Gate (Brama Grodzka) was the city gate linking the Christian and Jewish parts of the city, the gate of a city of many cultures and peoples, as Lublin used to be. The Gate’s aim is to preserve the truth about the common past of the Poles, Jews, Ukrainians, Roma, Tatars and Germans who lived in the Lublin region side by side. It also aims to help modern Lublin discover the wealth of its own history – the history of a place where the cultures of the East and West met, where different kinds of prayers were all said to one God, and where wars left deep wounds. The Center undertakes a variety of activities in the community so that these wounds do not transform into hatred and alienation. In order to do this, what is needed is to show people that things were once different. http://www.tnn.lublin.pl/

 

Czulent


 


         Czulent is an association of young Jews. The basis of membership is Jewish identity – self-identity with Jewish culture, tradition, history and/or religion. Young people in Poland frequently learn about their Jewish roots very late. Often it is a big problem for them that they don’t know how to deal with. Sometimes, Jewish origin is a deeply hidden family secret. The feeling of alienation they experience could be a big obstacle in their acceptance of Jewishness.



 

Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow


 


         The Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow is one of the most interesting and largest Jewish festivals in the world. Leading artists from various fields of Jewish culture participate, for the most part from the United States, Israel and Europe. The festival, held in Krakow’s Kazimirez District, has become a place for Jews and non-Jews from all over the world to meet. Traditional and contemporary Jewish culture provides the basis for them to find common values. They do this through film, dance, theater, literature, the visual arts, lectures, and meetings with writers, workshops and omnipresent music.

 

         The Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow is a tribute to the almost 1,000 years of Jewish presence in Poland – to Jewish history, culture and religion.


http://www.jewishfestival.pl/index.php?lang=e

Star-K’s Kashrus Seminar To Benefit Polish Jewry

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

       Prior to the outbreak of World War II, Poland contained the second largest Jewish community in the world, with nearly 3.5 million Jews. All that changed following Nazi Germany’s invasion of the country in 1939. Of the scant 11 percent (369,000) of the Polish Jewish population who survived the death camps, many fled Poland in reaction to anti-Semitic violence or repression under Communism. Those who stayed often turned their backs on Yiddishkeit. Now that Polish Jews are feeling a new sense of tolerance and security in their post-Cold War democracy, an increasing number are returning to their Jewish roots, which in many cases have only recently been discovered.

 

         Rabbi Mati Kos is the first known religious person in his family in the past 200 years. The 35-year-old native of Warsaw had the first public post-World War II bar mitzvah in Poland. To further discover his Jewish roots, he left his home to attend Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Monsey, New York. He then worked as the director of recruitment for Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Passaic, New Jersey. Rabbi Kos recently accepted a pulpit position in Warsaw after having decided to give back to his community.

 

         Rabbi Kos was one of 28 attendees present at the intensive annual kashrus training seminar held in Baltimore’s Star-K offices from July 9 through July 12. He joined fellow rabbanim, kashrus administrators, and aspiring smicha students considering careers in rabbonis, kiruv, and kashrus in expanding their hands-on knowledge of kashrus.

 

        Classroom concepts came to life for the diverse group of participants who had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at a luxury hotel’s kosher kitchen in downtown Baltimore, take tours of a local slaughterhouse, flavor factory, confectionary, bakery, restaurant, and butcher shop; and check for bugs and aphids hiding in vegetables.

 

         “Because I am going back to Poland, I need as much training as I can get,” admitted Rabbi Kos. “I wanted to get it from a big kashrus organization with great rabbonim, so it would be on a higher professional level. I needed to learn how to put a system in place from an organization that knows the ins and outs of kashrus. The Star-K program is geared to small communities like Warsaw.”

 

         Rabbi Kos was impressed with the fact that Star-K’s program covers all the angles. “It teaches kashrus at the micro-level, from the kashering of the kitchen in your house, to teaching about kashrus on the national and international business level,” remarked Rabbi Kos. “My only criticism of the program is that it is too short,” he chuckled. “I hope to put into practice what I’ve learned from the seminar and maintain close ties with Star-K, tapping into its vast resources.”

 

         Rabbi Zvi Goldberg, Star-K kashrus administrator, and coordinator of the seminar attributes the success of this program to a mutual benefit relationship. “I believe it is advantageous for both groups, the participants and the Star-K staff,” remarked Rabbi Goldberg. “The participants gain knowledge of the inner workings of kashrus and the staff is energized by the opportunity to teach kashrus to a highly motivated group.”

Groundbreaking For Museum Of Jewish History Of Polish Jews

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

      It has been more than 10 years since its conception, but finally the long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the Museum of Jewish History of Polish Jews has been set for June 26, 2007.

 

      The museum will be located in the park that now stands in front of the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto in the heart of Warsaw where the heaviest fighting of the Ghetto uprising took place.

 

      The museum, as I have reported in the past, will be a multimedia, documentary and educational center aiming to spotlight and preserve the memory of the 1,000-year- long rich culture and civilization of Jews living in Poland.

 

      The project initiated by the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, when finished, will be unique among Jewish museums, not only in Europe but the world over. Using the latest in technological advances the museum will tell the story of the first Jews to wander into the area known as Poland through the Middle Ages, the birth of Chassidism, the Haskalah, the heady days between the World Wars, the darkness of the Shoah, the much misunderstood period of post-Holocaust Poland, and finally the rebirth of the Jewish community in present-day Poland.

 

 

 

Meeting of the advisory committee of Jewish historians discussing specifics of the museum exhibits.

 

 

      While most Jewish Museums are visited by Jews who are already familiar with the subject, the Museum of Jewish History of Polish Jews will have a strong emphasis of educating non-Jews. Poles will have a chance to discover the truth about the Jewish nation, whom they mostly know as a people that once lived among them.

 

      They will learn about the Jewish way of life and what it meant to be a Jew in Poland. They will discover the vast contributions of the Jewish people to Polish culture.

 

      For the Jewish visitor, they will see how life in Poland existed for 1,000 years. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but that Poland was the place Judaism was able to develop as nowhere else.

 

      The great rabbis of old lived in Krakow, i.e., the Rema who codified religious law for the Ashkenazic Jews, whose teachings we still learn and follow today. The Chassidic movement started by Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov and continued by his disciples throughout Poland, including the dynasties of Gur, Bobov, Alexander, Sanz and hundreds of others that now exist in the U.S. and Israel. All had their roots in Polish soil.

 

      Visitors to the museum will encounter displays designed to engage them emotionally as well as intellectually, give them a sense of actually “being there” in the cities, towns and villages of the culturally diverse Polish Republic. The exhibit will demonstrably disprove the notion that the history of the Jews in Poland is a closed book.

 

      The very structure of the museum is designed to welcome the visitor, relieving the anxiety that many have when approaching the subject of Jewish heritage in Poland.


      Alongside the permanent exhibition hall the museum will also consist of a temporary area, for exhibits of a timely nature, a library, and education center with a computer bank, auditorium, bookshop and restaurant.

 

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      Last week there was a letter to the editor regarding this column from a Mr. George Kruszewski. In his letter from Adelaide, Australia, he notes that Po-lin means refuge. He is referring to the legend that when the Jews were wandering through Europe they came to an area and heard a voice from heaven saying “Po Lin,” Hebrew for, “Here you should rest,” and they lived there for a thousand years.

 

      Mr. Kruszewski asks that people remember the complete 1,000-year history of the Jews in Poland and not Just the Holocaust.


     

        Regular readers of my column know that I try to emphasis that long relationship of the Jews and Poland. I try to bring out the great-unknown stories of Jewish Polish relationships such as the Jewish King of Poland Saul Wahl.

 

      Poles who have been recognized by Yad Vashem in Israel as being Righteous Among The Nations for having saved Jews during the war are especially close to my heart. I have interviewed and written about Jan Karski, z”l, Wladyslaw Bartoszeski and Irena Sendler as well as others in the past. I welcome hearing about Mr. Kruszewski’s father whom he said has rescued numerous Jews by helping them across the border. I will do some research on him and dedicate a column to him in the near future. More than 100 of my columns can be found on the Internet on the Jewish Press web site: jewishpress.com under Columns/Polin.

Interesting Polish Jewish Web Sites

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

      I am often asked, “Where do you get all the information that you write about in your weekly column?” The answer is as varied as the columns I write. Most of the material I get comes from any one or a combination of over 1,000 books in my private library. Various web sites on the Internet provide another major source. Here are a few of the hundreds of sites I have visited in the past year during my research.

 

        http://www.galiciajewishmuseum.org/ – The Galicia Jewish Museum In Krakow

        http://www.holocaustresearch.pl/index1(en).htm - Polish Center for Holocaust Research


        http://www.beisolam.jewish.org.pl/ - The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery


        http://fzp.jewish.org.pl/english/engind.html - The Polish Jews Forum


        http://www.jewishmuseum.org.pl/index - Museum Of The History of Polish Jews


        http://jewish.sites.warszawa.um.gov.pl/ - Jewish historical sites in Warsaw


        http://www.jewish.org.pl/wroclaw/english - The Jewish Community in Wroclaw


        http://www.dialog.org.main.html - Platform for Jewish-Polish Dialogue


        http://www.npajac.org/mission.html - National Polish American – Jewish American Council


        http://www.jewish.org.pl/english/foundati/TSKZ.html - Social and Cultural Association of Jews in Poland


        http://www.auschwitz-museum.oswiecim.pl/html/eng/ - Auschwitz /Birkenau


        http://www.ajcf.org/ - Auschwitz Jewish Center


        http://www.jewishinstitute.org.pl/ - Jewish Historical Institute


        http://www.jewishgen.org - Jewish Genealogy Society


        http://www.yorku.ca/tftf/ - The Mark and Gail Appel Program in Holocaust and Antiracism Education


        http://www.judaica.pl - Judaica Foundation – Center for Jewish Culture


        http://www.rslfoundation.org/ - The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation – Poland


        http://www.yivoinstitute.org/ - YIVO Institute for Jewish Research


        http://www.jewishgen.org/Galicia/ - Special Interest Group For Jews whose roots originate in Galicia


        http://www.routestoreroots.com/ - Tracing Jewish Roots in Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus


        http://www.jewishfestival.pl/ - Jewish Culture Festival In Krakow


        http://www.wiesenthal.com - Simon Wiesenthal Center


        http://www.littman.co.uk/polin/ - Journal of Polish Jewish Studies


        http://www.midrasz.pl/ - Midrasz


        http://www.ushmm.org/ - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


        http://www.belzec.org.pl/ - The Museum of the Belzec Death Camp


        http://www.fodz.pl/ - The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland


        www.jdc.org  – American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee


        www.wjc.org.il  – World Jewish Congress


        http://www.jafi.org.il/ - The Jewish Agency for Israel


        http://www.ecjc.org/  – The European Council of Jewish Communities


        http://www.jewishgen.org/cemetery/e-europe/poland.html  - International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies – Cemetery Project


        http://www.avotaynu.com/ - Avotaynu, Inc.


        http://www.mizkor.org/ - Holocaust education site


        http://www.yadvashem.org/ - Yad Vashem


        http://www.mznet.org/chamber/ Chamber of the Holocaust


        http://www.claimscon.org/ - The Claims Conference/Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

 

         Shmuel Ben Eliezer can be reached at jpolin2@aol.com

Polish Chasidic Student Returns to Poland For Pesach

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Mati Pavlack, a rabbinic student studying at Yeshiva University, returned to Poland for Pesach to help the local population prepare and celebrate the holiday. Mati Pavlak is one of two young Jewish men from Poland who came to the U.S. to study for the rabbinate with the hopes of becoming full-time rabbis in their homeland. Mati Pavlack hopes to receive his ordination in the coming year. Mati Kos, the other Polish rabbinic student, was recently ordained at the Ohr Sameach Yeshiva in Monsey.



Polish Haggadah




For many years, professionally produced Jewish educational material for Polish Jews has been scarce. It has only been since the fall of the Communist regime that the Jews have been able to practice Judaism openly and freely. Four years ago the community, with the help of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, published the first Haggadah Shel Pesach since the Shoah exclusively for Polish Jews. Along with the traditional text and Polish translation there is a well-thought out commentary and guide to the laws of Pesach written by Rabbi Sacha Pecaric. Rabbi Pecaric had worked for the Lauder Foundation in Krakow, where he produced much of the Jewish educational material used by the various Jewish communities in Poland. The material includes a set of Chumashim, a guide to learning the Talmud, a book on the 613 commandments, a Zimiron for Shabbat and festivals as well as other much needed practical items. Before the Shoah it was rare to find Jewish books translated into Polish, as Hebrew or Yiddish was the language of most of the Jews, but today there is a need for Polish translation, commentaries and even transliteration.


‘Chasidic Jewish Trail’ In Poland


Polish groups are developing a tourism route tracing the country’s Orthodox Jewish past. The Institute for the Preservation of Jewish Culture and the Carpathia Institute are developing the project, according to the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. The trip will pass through towns that were centers of chasidic Judaism. Plans are to extend the trail into Ukraine and perhaps other countries.


Toronto Synagogue To Be Modeled After Polish Shul









A Toronto congregation plans to model its new synagogue after a destroyed shul in Poland. The Forest Hill Jewish Centre, a 100-family congregation whose current home is in a low-rise office above a Starbucks, plans to build a new synagogue that will recreate the exterior of a synagogue in the town of Jaslo that was destroyed by the Nazis.

 

“Putting up this building is really an opportunity for us to tell ourselves and the world that the spirit of Judaism will never die,” said Rabbi Elie Karfunkel, the congregation’s spiritual leader. The building is expected to cost $9 million. The congregation hopes to break ground next year and move in to the building in about two years.

The Foundation For The Preservation Of Jewish Heritage In Poland

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

After I wrote about the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland last week, many people asked me to report more on this group and the important work they are doing.

 

The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland was established by the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland (Union) and the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) to manage the restitution process for Jewish communal properties and properties that were returned as well as to protect Jewish cemeteries and commemorate other historical sites of Jewish heritage in Poland.

 

Jews enriched and contributed to the general culture, tradition and spiritual heritage in Poland for hundreds of years. Today, traces of this once great heritage are rediscovered in neglected synagogues, schools, hospitals and cemeteries.

 

The foundation’s fundamental role is to recover the properties and save the memory of the thriving prewar Jewish community of 3.5 million people, as well as to represent the interests of both the Jewish community in Poland and Polish Jews living all over the world.

 

The foundation’s goals are to work with government agencies in order to reclaim properties that were owned before the war by the many Jewish religious communities and other Jewish legal entities (based on the Law on the Relationship between the State and the Union of Jewish Communities of 1997), and to provide legal services for the regulatory procedure. After reclaiming the properties, the foundation is responsible for their management and sees to any preservation and renovations that bear special religious or historical significance.

 

The foundation collects archival documentation and evidence for the regulatory procedure. They also work at the renovation and upkeep of Jewish cemeteries.

 

Thanks to the cooperation of international institutions and private donors, they have recently succeeded with projects at the cemeteries in Strzegowo, Kozienice, Zakopane and Poznan – literally saving them from desecration and disappearance.

 

They have been revitalizing returned properties and bringing them back for Jewish interest groups, as well as conducting scholarly research concerning the cultural heritage of Polish Jews.

 

Due to the need for cooperation with the local populace, they also promote tolerance, human rights and the multicultural dimension of Jewish historical sites in local communities.

 

The foundation’s greatest challenge is being able to raise funds for the effective revitalization of returned properties – especially the ones of great historical value and significance, as well as Jewish cemeteries. Unfortunately, during the past 60 years these sites were neglected even when they were used for various public purposes. The foundation asserts that these synagogues, mikvahs and pre-funeral houses are an important factor in regional development, as landmarks for remembrance and the dignity of the Jewish communities.

 

The foundation would like to work together with local NGOs in the cultural field in order to integrate Jewish memorial sites into the historical landscape of given regions. In this way, hopefully, the Polish community will start to view Jewish sites as part of its Polish national historical heritage. Consequently the level of protection and respect for Jewish sites will grow, which in turn will protect such places from vandalism and desecration.

 

Some of the current projects are:

 

A plan to restore a pre-funeral house designed by Erich Mendelsson in Olsztyn (north-eastern Poland), together with “The Borussia Cultural Society”.

 

Together with the Association of Zamosk Jewry and with regional authorities, the foundation will renovate the old synagogue in Zamosk – one of the most important monuments of Renaissance architecture in Poland, listed on the World UNESCO Heritage registry and the only preserved synagogue in Poland established by Sephardic Jews exiled from Spain.

 

Together with the Carpathian Foundation, plans are in the works for arranging a tourist route across the Jewish Galicia region.

 

The foundation has applied for support for those projects from the funds of the European Union.

Together with the association of Rimanov chassidim, the foundation plans to renovate the historic Rymanów synagogue. Together with local authorities, the Opole University and the Hatikvah Association, they are working on an educational project for schools, focused on Jewish cemeteries in the Opole region. The renovation plans at cemeteries include Wysokie Mazowieckie, Mszczonów, Mielec, Leczna, Kolno, Przemysl and Dubienka.




The foundation’s mission of heritage preservation not only aims at physical renovation activities but also at the restoration of memory. For this reason they consider education for heritage and education for tolerance to be a very important component of their activities. The foundation has invited various experts to develop new educational projects with their support.

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