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  • 01 Jun 2014 7:37 PM | Anonymous
    June 27 – July 12, 2014

    8 ECTS points (4 US credit hours)
    The Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University, the Auschwitz Jewish Center and the Museum of Jewish Heritage are pleased to announce their joint 2014 summer school program:
    Jews of Poland: History, Culture and Memory

    Seminars and lectures will introduce an interdisciplinary perspective and allow students to take part in challenging discussions with experts in the field.  By including current research and encouraging debate, the program will address the nuanced and complex history and contemporary reality of Jews in Central Europe. The school will focus on pre-war Jewish life, occupied Poland, the Holocaust, Kraków, Auschwitz, communism and "New Poland".

  • 17 May 2014 6:46 PM | Anonymous
    The inaugural Ride for the Living, organized by the Kraków Jewish Community Center, is set for June 6.

    This is the first of a planned annual event under the patronage of the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich. The nearly 50-mile bicycle ride is designed to remember Jewish history, and to celebrate Jewish life in today's Poland. The ride will end with Shabbat dinner on Friday, June 6. 


    Jewish Community Center in Kraków


  • 12 May 2014 5:23 PM | Anonymous

    The third annual Congress of Polish Food Cooperatives (Wawelska Kooperatywa Spozywcza) will take place on June 7-8, 2014 at the Forum Przestrzenie in Kraków.

    Organised by Wawelska, one aim of the conference is to balance continuity with innovation.  The Congress will discuss the development, collaboration and promotion of Polish food co-ops.  The Congress aims to encourage civic awareness by supporting grassroots initiatives.


    Participants will learn how to bake bread, while discussing initiatives for cooperation and local activism, including “crowd funding” as a fundraising platform.


    Promotional video and more information (in Polish and English)

  • 09 May 2014 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    On May 9, 2014, Luxembourg's Grand Duke and Grand Duchess (Henri and Maria Teresa) visited Kraków where they were greeted by Voivode Jerzy Miller and Undersecretary of State Jaromir Sokołowski.

    The Royals' Kraków tour included a visit to St. Mary's Basilica as well as to Wawel Cathedral and Wawel Castle.  Shortly before their departure, the Duke and Duchess met with Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Bishop of Kraków.

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  • 08 May 2014 8:37 PM | Anonymous



    With Mayor Edwin M. Lee

    Krystyna Chciuk, Zofia Zakrzewska, Andrzej Prokopczuk, Tad Taube, Charlotte Mailliard Shultz

    Back row:  Caria Tomczykowska, Christopher Kerosky


  • 08 May 2014 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    On Sunday May 4, at the Spreckels Temple of Music (known to locals as the band shell in Golden Gate Park's music concourse), Polonia celebrated Polish Constitution Day, with Polish music, folk dancing and singing. The event was co-sponsored by the Polish-American Congress--Northern California Division and the Golden Gate Park Band (now in their 132nd season). 


    The event celebrated the 223rd anniversary of the Polish Constitution of May 3rd, 1791 -- the second earliest document of its kind, created soon after the Constitution of the United States of America.  It was the first democratic constitution in Europe.


    The keynote speech was delivered by the Honorable Małgorzata Cup, Consul for Culture, Education and Science, Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.


    Polish-American Congress President, Andrzej Prokopczuk, spoke with pride about Polish democratic traditions.


    Emcee William Adasiewicz did an admirable job introducing the performers and speakers. 


    The youngest classes of the John Paul II School of Polish Language in Walnut Creek entertained the audience with Polish dances (directed by Magdalena Leszowska). 


    Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble of San Francisco, directed by Mary Kay Stuvland, performed "Songs and Dances from Biała Podlasie."  Kasia Chaberska performed a solo song to the delight of the audience.


    Seated on stage were Polish WWII veteran, Krystyna Chciuk (AK), Zofia Zakrzewska (Polam Federal Credit Union), Consul Małgorzata Cup, Polish American Congress-NCD President Andrzej Prokopczuk, and Caria Tomczykowska (President, Polish Arts and Culture Foundation).



    Following the formal program, all were welcomed by the Polish-American Congress for a wine reception at the de Young Museum café.  




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