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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

Shmuel Ben Eliezer

Chanukah In Poland

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

        The Polish Jewish community held its first public menorah-lighting ceremony Sunday evening, the third night of Chanukah. In the past, the community traditionally held small gatherings outside Jewish community offices in Warsaw. But this year, a large public gathering of Jews and non-Jews participated in a menorah-lighting ceremony in Grzybowski Square near the Nozyk Synagogue.


         President Lech Kaczynski’s wife lit the giant menorah with the help of Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, and wished a joyous Chanukah to the hundreds of people gathered on the square. Other candles were lit by Israeli Ambassador David Peleg and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.


         On Monday night, the fourth evening of Chanukah, the Union of Jewish Communities of Poland (ZGZ) and the Social and Cultural Association of Jews in Poland (TSKZ), together with other Jewish organizations, were invited by the President Kaczynsky to light a Chanukah menorah, for the first time in history, at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. Rabbi Schudrich led the recitation of blessings while President Kaczinsky lit the shammash.



Rabbi Michael Schudrich with Polish President Lech Kaczinsky and members of the Jewish community of Warsaw at Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony in the Presidential Palace.



         The menorah, a gift to the Presidential Palace, was made by a student in the Lauder Morasha School, the Jewish school of Warsaw, as part of an annual family menorah competition.


         The ZGZ and the TSKZ presented President Kaczynsky with a prayer for the welfare of the Polish state, written by Rabbi Moses Schor, a pre-Shoah rabbi of the Great Synagogue of Warsaw and a member of the Polish Parliament. The prayer was adorned by an original papercut done by Monika Krajewska, a leading local Jewish artist.


         Piotr Kadlcik, president of the ZGZ, explained the special meaning of Chanukah, especially for the Jews of Poland today.


         President Kaczynski said he was happy that representatives of the Jewish community came to the palace for this occasion. He said he understood that Chanukah is a holiday of joy that was celebrated in the homes of many Polish Jewish citizens. He emphasized that he was grateful that today’s local Jewish community is growing and strengthening itself and that the candles of Chanukah can again be seen in Poland.


         Rabbi Schudrich commented that Chanukah [Hanukkah] is a time of achieving the impossible. “Our reemerging Jewish community of Poland, so honored and recognized tonight by our president,” he said, “is a sure sign that the spirit of the Macabbees lives on in 2006.”


         Artur Hofman, president of TSKZ said, “This is particularly meaningful in a place that was believed to be only a Jewish cemetery; that in fact we have a living and active Jewish community.”


         Other communities throughout Poland also held Chanukah festivities, including group candle-lighting ceremonies and parties with latkes, jelly doughnuts (punchki in Polish) and dreidels.

Shmuel Ben Eliezer

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