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  • 19 Dec 2014 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    Hanukkah-Christmas Tree Project of the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków



    On December 18, 2014, the Machers (Kraków Jewish Culture Festival Volunteers) and Mi Polin (art duo: Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar) surprised the Kazimierz District of the City of Kraków with Hanukkah-Christmas Trees.  Christmas trees on Brzozowa square in the formerly Jewish Kazimierz district of Kraków were secretly decorated with beautifully designed and glittering menorahs, stars of David, dreidls, and snowmen, in addition to traditional tree ornaments associated with the Christian celebration of Christmas.


    The glass Christmas-Hanukkah tree decorations reflect their shapes on the walls of the houses surrounding the district square in Kazimierz.

    Passersby were intrigued by the spectacle.

    The purpose of this project is to highlight the dual Jewish-Christian character of the district of Kazimierz.


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  • 18 Dec 2014 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble of San Francisco presented its 11th annual Slavic Choral Christmas Concert on Friday, December 12, 2014 with sponsorship from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.  Guests were treated to a rich tapestry of seasonal carols and winter songs (including Christmas) from East-Central Europe and the Balkans.  Traditionally-costumed community artists represented Bulgarian, Croatian, Hungarian, Jewish, Moldovan, Polish, and Ukrainian holiday traditions.



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  • 12 Dec 2014 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    On December 6 at Stanford University, Hillel (the foundation for Jewish campus life at colleges) reverberated with the beats of Polish DJs at its annual "Light It Up" Hanukkah party. Brought for the first time to California by the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków (which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next Summer), "From Poland with Beat" fosters cross-cultural musical exchanges and brings the experience of the Kraków Jewish Culture Festival to new communities. The first performance took place in Tel Aviv, and subsequent presentations were held at Hillel at Stanford and other venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    The Polish DJ collectives, Easy Cheesy and MLDV, mixed the best of Israeli, European, Turkish, and Arabic vintage music with the greatest hits of the 60s and 70s -- the golden era of the Polish music scene. Young Jews and Poles living in the Bay Area, part of the modern and growing Polish diaspora, crowded into Stanford University's Hillel and celebrated all night, joining line dances and eating traditional Polish and Jewish treats. 

    The event was sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City of Kraków, in partnership with Hillel at Stanford, the San Francisco-Kraków Sister Cities Association (supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture), and Taube Philanthropies.
    Tad Taube, Chairman of Taube Philanthropies, said:  "This party epitomizes the dialogue we want to create between the sister cities of San Francisco and Kraków. We want the younger generation of Jews to see their connections to Poland, where 85% of North American Jews have their roots." 

    Said a Hillel student, “We have been waiting for such an event for a long time. Thank you for bringing this experience to us!” The Kraków Jewish Culture Festival, Hillel at Stanford, and Taube Philanthropies hope to make this party an annual event.


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  • 19 Nov 2014 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    Photo Essay:  Poland's Year of Anniversaries in Cosmopolitan Review




  • 13 Nov 2014 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    Looted Art Conference Underway in Kraków



    Related documentary film:  Rape of Europa

  • 13 Nov 2014 6:34 AM | Anonymous

    From its inception, the phenomenon of Hasidism has provoked a series of still unsettled questions:  What accounts for the astounding popularity of the movement?  What role did women play in Hasidic social formations?  How does Hasidism relate to earlier Jewish mystical trends?  Was Hasidism a radical or a conservative movement?   How did Hasidism leave its mark on Hebrew and Yiddish literature of the modern period?


    Join us as we consider these and other themes!


    Hosted by the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies

    Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Berkeley

    Closing lecture

    Marcin Wodzinski, Ph.D.

    Professor of Jewish History and Literature

    University of Wrocław, Poland


    Dr. Wodzinski’s special interests are the regional history of the Jews in Silesia, Jewish sepulchral art, and the social history of Jews in nineteenth-century Poland, specifically the history of Hasidism and Haskalah.


    Additional support for Marcin Wodzinski’s visit is from the

    Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture



  • 05 Nov 2014 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    The grand opening of the core exhibition of Polin, Warsaw's Museum of the History of Polish Jews, took place on October 28, 2014.  This event received global media attention.

    See sample media coverage below:



    New York Times


    New Republic


    Washington Post

    The Independent




    The Jewish Week


    The Huffington Post

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